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There is a new way of doing venture capital: it's smaller scale and therefore less risky.
■ All you need to know about investing in the past seven days: what's rising, what's falling and what's making the headlines.
■ Jobs as marriages - Jobs are just like marriages. And there might be a lot of unhappy "marriages" in the labour market now.
■ Next week's economics - The euro area is still in recession, but the rest of the world is doing better, next week's numbers could show.
Our columnists offer in-depth analysis and investment ideas:
■ The Editor: The City needs a saviour - Banker bashing may have become a popular sport, but we should not be celebrating the City's tumbling employment.
■ Chris Dillow: Cliff hopes - If uncertainty about the fiscal cliff hurts the US economy in the next few weeks, it could be a buying opportunity for investors. Plus, investors tend to trade too much, because they mistake noise for signals.
■ Simon Thompson: A re-rating beckons - Our companies editor delves into the accounts of a closed-end investment company focused on the renewable energy sector.
■ Property Matters: Planning for growth - The government's reforms to the planning system have been complex, contradictory and only marginally effective. Blame democracy.
Financial planning, tax and investment wisdom:
■ Reader portfolio: Portfolio too slanted towards high-yield shares.
SHARE TIPS OF THE WEEK:
■ You could make a killing with this Danish pharma giant - bigger than AstraZeneca - which offers a dominance of fast-growing markets and a drugs development pipeline that its rivals can only envy.
■ This retailer has staged a remarkable comeback after a difficult start to the year, helped by a plan to revitalise growth. With a new boss in place and a juicy yield, we think the rerating will continue.
■ A secure dividend with clear growth potential and a strong balance sheet make this company an ideal investment for patient income-oriented investors.
■ This gas explorer is well-placed to meet China's growing demand for unconventional energy.
FUND TIP OF THE WEEK:
■ A new manager who brings with him an excellent track record could turn performance around at this special trust.
SHARE TIP UPDATES:
■ Fund news: Emerging markets funds lead consistent performance.
■ In the doghouse: Invesco Perpetual Japan.
■ The big theme: Frontier markets - rewards will take time
■ Top 100 funds: Multi-manager investment trusts.
■ ETFs: Should portfolios have silver linings?
The lowdown on the latest company results:
■ Stock screen: Five cheap growth shares
■ Sector focus: Constructing high-yield recovery plays
■ Directors' dealings: Notable transactions at Stanley Gibbons, plus a table of all boardroom share trades.
■ Week ahead: A summary of key company announcements expected in the coming week.
■ The Trader: Sell signal - The Dow theory signal is bearish, but does not mean a bear market will follow.