Economy

Push for profits

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

Cheap technology is improving our lives

Investors are throwing money at tech stocks, subsidising everything from movies to cabs. It’s a huge transfer of wealth into the hands of ordinary consumers, says Matthew Lynn.

Can central banks kick the QE habit?

Stimulating the economy through quantitative easing may have averted a slump after the financial crisis – but breaking our addiction to it could spook markets, says Simon Wilson.

What do the charts tell us about what’s going on in the world right now?

John Stepek looks to his six charts that matter for clues to where the global economy is likely to be heading next.

Stephanie Flanders: things are not going to plan

Faltering consumer confidence which raises the prospect of “a more significant economic slowdown in the second half of the year”, says JP Morgan’s Stephanie Flanders.

SMEs get a procurement leg up

Just 23% of SMEs have worked for the public sector over the past 12 months. But the government has set a target of awarding a third of all procurement spending to SMEs by 2020.

Polish market is still on a roll

Poland’s GDP is expanding rapidly, consumption is growing at the fastest pace in eight years, unemployment is at a record-low and new child-benefit payments are boosting confidence.

Why taxation need not be a dirty word

A radical change to the way we tax wealth could benefit us all, says David C Stevenson.

Philippines in a sweet spot

The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

This week in MoneyWeek: are we about to repeat the mistakes of the 70s?

How politicians are turning to the failed economic ideas from the 1970s; why ETF launches could be a red flag for the markets; and why UK property is a buy.

The depression you've probably never heard of

The 1920/21 depression was a whopper, with US stocks falling by almost 50%. But now, it’s all but forgotten. John Stepek asks what we can learn from it.

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