Economy

Barclays goes on trial

Four former banking executives have been charged with fraud over the bailout of Barclays by Qatar in 2008. Will the trial really be in the public interest? Simon Wilson reports.

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

Where has all the inflation gone?

Employment levels are high and credit is loose – so why on earth aren’t prices rising, asks John Stepek.

The cost to small businesses of going cashless

With the number of contactless card transactions doubling last year, The UK is moving towards a cashless society. But that would make many small businesses much worse off.

Europe is no longer the daring contrarian trade it once was

Regarded as a daring investment all too recently, European stocks have become the flavour of the month. John Stepek suggests a better place to put your money.

Japan PM’s latest crisis may be the wake-up call he needs

In a fresh scandal to hit Shinzo Abe, the prime minister prepares to face the diet.

Should we worry about Britain’s public debt?

It has become fashionable to call for an end to austerity, but our public finances still look dangerously overstretched, as a report by the Office for Budget Responsibility made clear last week.

Betting on politics: Angela Merkel a shoo-in

With the odds favouring Angela Merkel to win another term, Matthew Partridge sizes up a different betting opportunity.

Europe’s bull market still has legs

The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index has slipped from May’s two-year peak in recent weeks. But investors shouldn’t worry. There is scope for further gains.

Is the budget for HS2 out of control?

Costs mount as the government awards £6.6bn worth of contracts to build HS2.

This week in MoneyWeek: finding the true “dividend heroes”

This week in MoneyWeek: the investment trusts that consistently raise their dividends; how to avoid “lethal” stocks; and how to take equity out of your home.

Is there a reverse gear out of Brexit?

The calls for a halt to Brexit are growing as the process of leaving the European Union gets bogged down.

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