Economy

Push for profits

Invest with the activists to earn higher returns, says Matthew Partridge

Italy, Europe’s laggard, is catching up – but only very slowly

There are signs that Europe’s recovery is finally trickling down to Italy, while Spain is on a roll.

UN tightens squeeze on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council has approved new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests.

Donald Trump revives the art of the deal

The markets had quite a surprise last week when Donald Trump announced a deal with the Democrats to pave the way for $15bn in disaster relief and to raise the US debt ceiling.

Round one to Macron

Protesters, galvanised by trade unions, have gathered to fight a French president’s plans to reform the economy. But Macron is so far showing no signs of giving in.

A stockmarket for the many, not the few

We’ve drifted a long way from the ‘80s and ‘90s goals of a shareholding democracy, says Max King. A new investment trust aims to get us back on course.

A whiff of the 1970s in the air

With disgruntled unions and inflation on the rise, investors can be forgiven for having a sense of deja vu, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Bank of England cries wolf again – but the villagers still come running

Bank of England governor Mark Carney made the right noises on interest rates again today. But ​yet again ​​failed to follow through with any action.

Bad news for savers – positive real interest rates are a long way off

“Real” interest rates – after inflation – have fallen to negative 2.65%. And they’re unlikely to turn positive any time soon. In fact, they could fall further still, says John Stepek.

How leaving the single market could affect British pharmacies

Matthew Partridge talks to Shamir Patel of Chemist 4 U about how Brexit, and the possibility of leaving the single market, could affect the UK’s pharmacies.

How to fix our failing high streets

Just two sectors are keeping Britain’s high streets alive – estate agents and restaurants. Now, even their numbers are dwindling. But things can still be fixed, says Matthew Lynn.

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