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Smaller companies have been a lucrative, albeit higher-risk, area to invest over the long term. The Numis Smaller Companies Index has, since 1955, achieved an annual return of 15.8 per cent compared with 12 per cent for the broader UK stock market.

Housing boom squeezing businesses out of London's West End

London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

Mark Dampier: Britain's small-cap funds punched well above their weight this year

It's been a good year for stock markets. In particular, European and Japanese markets have made large gains. There is a lesson here for all investors: despite a poor economic backdrop, stock markets can perform well. This is often because much of the bad news is priced in and markets are focusing on improved corporate prospects. Similarly, it shows the most uncomfortable investment decisions often turn out to be correct.

'AP stands for always perfect': Martin Pipe pays tribute to Tony McCoy

Up to 5,000 racegoers made the most of the free admission which is granted at Towcester, the only course to provide that concession, and watched history being made in the autumn sunshine as Tony McCoy celebrated his 4,000th win. "There's been a great buzz here today," said Robert Bellamy, clerk of the course.

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Spring seems to be delayed, so while there's still a bit of a nip in the air, treat yourself to a glass of a delicious full-bodied wine...

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A Wiltshire aristocrat has been acquitted of assaulting one of his family estate's trustees.

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