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  • Rocket launch

    Commodity prices have not recovered as strongly as share prices so far, but that could be about to change as industrial production surges, argues Trevor Greetham, asset allocation director at...

  • Man panning for gold

    Gold is still a long way from its 1980 peak price. Ceri Jones examines the factors behind its recent record run and asks whether forecasts of a further doubling in price are realistic - and how...

  • Model investors

    Sam Barrett looks at how action groups can help defend shareholders when they get a raw deal, and at how those in nominee accounts can gain full access to their shares.

  • Cigars

    Stronger trading conditions have significantly improved the outlook for one tobacco giant and left a raft of other companies poised for a prosperous 2010, reports Jim Levi.

  • Gambling table

    Ceri Jones gives an introduction to spreadbetting, and examines the advantages of this investment technique and the reasons behind its growing popularity.

  • Basketball shot

    Most investors are familiar with the merits of traditional asset classes. However, it's far from obvious which new additions will become winners. Fiona Hamilton offers a few pointers.

  • Hand of cards

    Recognising the profit-making potential behind global trends before the investing crowd has been the key to successful thematic stockpicking. But, as Faith Glasgow discovers, it doesn't always go...

  • Die

    Ceri Jones assesses the strengths and weaknesses of spreadbetting on international companies such as Microsoft or Volkswagen rather than buying the underlying shares.

  • Rescue

    The government has taken a majority stake in RBS
    after existing shareholders snubbed a £15 billion share issue. Liam
    Tarry investigates what this bailout means for you.

  • Shareholders of the world unite

    Shareholders have a say in the running of a company but they often fail to make their voices heard. Harriet Meyer investigates shareholders' rights and the rise of shareholder activism.