UK 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

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.

Is the budget for HS2 out of control?

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

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.

Tories jostle for the top job

Theresa May’s cabinet has become a venting room for ministers positioning themselves for a future leadership contest.

The real value of cash

Most people would prefer to see cash stick around, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But most if us don’t want it badly enough.

Cheap money, lax lending standards – I'm getting deja vu here

The piles of dodgy debt building up are unpleasantly reminiscent of the last financial crisis, says John Stepek. Is cheap money about to draw us into another one?

Could the Swiss model serve as a template for Brexit?

Matthew Partridge talks to Swiss former diplomat and negotiation expert Professor Michael Ambühl about whether what works for Switzerland could work for the UK.

Did privatisation deliver the goods?

Since the Thatcher revolution, most of Britain’s publicly owned utilities have been sold off. How did that work out? Alex Rankine reports.

How to prepare for a US-UK trade deal

Donald Trump wants to make a free-trade deal with Britain a priority after Brexit. Matthew Lynn explains why that’s great news for these five industries.

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