Economy

Held to ransom by the hackers

The cyber threat goes beyond hijacking computers. It’s about economics, politics, power and even human psychology. Simon Wilson looks at how we can protect ourselves.

Power to the people

What May's "Red Tory" manifesto means for you

  • When money's too important to leave to Mammon

This virus is huge news for cybersecurity stocks – and bitcoin

The WannaCry ransomware attack is a wake-up call. It has huge implications for cybersecurity – and for bitcoin. John Stepek explains why, and how to profit from improving computer security.

The thorny electoral problem of “the rich”

Tax-hungry politicians like to target the rich. But defining who qualifies as rich is tricky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The crackdown on China’s billionaires

China may now have more billionaires than America. In 2000, it had just one. That should be good news – but some of them are feeling very nervous. Alex Rankine reports

Macron’s victory has opened a can of euro worms

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French election could make things a lot more interesting than markets might think, says John Stepek.

The world’s greatest investors: Michael Burry

Michael Burry’s ambitious bet against the American mortgage market earned him personal profits of $100m.

Why private-equity IPOs often fall flat

People who argue that private-equity-backed IPOs are performing no worse than other listings are missing the point. Sebastien Canderle explains why.

Brexit negotiations hit a speed bump

Relations between the UK and the EU have hit a bumpy patch. Matthew Partridge looks at how this will affect Brexit.

Don’t fall prey to CEO fraud

Even companies the size of Facebook have fallen for CEO fraud, says David Prosser. Make sure your business doesn’t get caught out.

Macron marches on to Berlin

Emmanuel Macron claimed an emphatic victory over his far-right rival, yet Marine Le Pen remains waiting in the wings.

Betting on politics: Two Scottish bets

Political betting expert Matthew Partridge weighs up the odds election results in Scotland.

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