The truth about market makers, oil's pipe dream, finding the right defensive income & more

Private investors often claim the market in small-cap share trading is rigged against them – but is this true? In this week's cover story, James Norrington sheds light on how this enigmatic industry really works. Click here to read the truth about market makers.

As US sanctions on Iran take effect, Neil Wilson looks at technical factors to see if $60 or $100 oil is more likely in the months ahead. 

On this week's Companies & Markets Show, editor John Hughman talks to Phil Oakley about why we should be wary of adjusted profits, and Harriet Russell explains what two major retailers need to do to get back on track. Listen here for free.

And finally, defensive income shares and funds proved their worth last month but earlier this year fell more than broader markets. So in our latest Big Theme Taha Lokhandwala has analysed these corrections and the characteristics of different types of high yield stocks to establish why this was the case and which type of defensive income should provide protection in future periods of volatility. He also highlights the best funds for defensive income.

You can find all of the stories from this week's magazine here.

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