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A low risk top performer, a reader portfolio with too many funds, and updates on Gold and PZ Cussons

Whatever type of investment you're seeking - a share with a good and rising yield or a small company that's growing fast or a fund that delivers consistent returns with no nasty shocks along the way - it's possible to find it, although doing so won't necessarily always be an easy task. Certainly finding an investment to navigate the current economic uncertainty is a challenge. Finance ministers around the world are still struggling to push economies back into a state of health, using a range of strategies, none of which so far appears to be delivering a quick, painless or lasting cure. And as Roger Bootle of Capital Economics points out it's worrying that even after gulping down a large dose of nasty medicine and accepting deflation, Ireland's economy is back in recession. So, for anyone for whom the slow pace of recovery and the dangers that lurk along the way is a pressing issue, we've found a top performing fund that still manages to be low risk while delivering a consistently good performance. And talking of weak economies, Chris Dillow compares the contrasting fortunes of the US and European economies and considers the question of whether austerity is right or wrong. Chris also contributes to our review of a reader portfolio - that of a young investor who's stuffed it full of funds. Has he got a few too many and is his portfolio pointlessly diversified? Elsewhere we've got the Trader's video report on the bullish cyclical and seasonal factors for gold right now, and John Hughman on PZ Cussons' troubles - issues which he highlighted a couple of months ago when he advised selling the shares.

Whatever type of investment you're seeking - a share with a good and rising yield or a small company that's growing fast or a fund that delivers consistent returns with no nasty shocks along the way - it's possible to find it, although doing so won't necessarily always be an easy task. Certainly finding an investment to navigate the current economic uncertainty is a challenge. Finance ministers around the world are still struggling to push economies back into a state of health, using a range of strategies, none of which so far appears to be delivering a quick, painless or lasting cure. And as Roger Bootle of Capital Economics points out it's worrying that even after gulping down a large dose of nasty medicine and accepting deflation, Ireland's economy is back in recession. So, for anyone for whom the slow pace of recovery and the dangers that lurk along the way is a pressing issue, we've found a top performing fund that still manages to be low risk while delivering a consistently good performance. And talking of weak economies, Chris Dillow compares the contrasting fortunes of the US and European economies and considers the question of whether austerity is right or wrong. Chris also contributes to our review of a reader portfolio - that of a young investor who's stuffed it full of funds. Has he got a few too many and is his portfolio pointlessly diversified? Elsewhere we've got the Trader's video report on the bullish cyclical and seasonal factors for gold right now, and John Hughman on PZ Cussons' troubles - issues which he highlighted a couple of months ago when he advised selling the shares.