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28 January 1896: The world’s first speeding ticket

119 years ago today, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and so became the first driver in the world to get a speeding ticket.

Austerity? What austerity?

Greeks are supposed to be tired of austerity, says Bill Bonner. But Greece hasn’t had anything like real austerity.

Buy into companies with employee share ownership schemes

David Thornton explains why employee share ownership schemes are a strong signal for investors to snap up the shares.

London house prices: how demand has created its own supply

The supply of luxury properties in the capital has found its own ways of meeting demand, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That can only mean one thing for property prices.

Jack the lad still has an irresistible fortune

Jack Nicholson may have swapped the LSD for milk, but he still has his money.

The oil price crash and European QE will pop London’s property bubble

London property prices have reached ludicrous heights. Dr Matthew Partridge looks at what could pop the bubble, and how far prices could fall.

27 January 1969: Students set up the LSE-in-exile

Students at the London School of Economics occupied the University of London Union building on this day in 1969, in protest at the erection of new security gates.

Don’t be fooled by QE – stocks will crash hard

Contrary to received opinion, central bankers can’t fix the world’s problems. John C Burford explains why Mario Draghi is no exception.

Zombie capitalists have eaten innovation

Policy makers are killing off America’s wealth creators, says Bill Bonner.

A lesson from Winnie-the-Pooh for a Europe that's gorging on ECB honey

Just like Winnie-the-Pooh, the eurozone is going to have to go on a diet to get itself out of the hole it’s stuck in, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Without serious change, Britain is on course for a Greek-style debt bomb

The Greek debt problem is well known. What isn’t so well known, says Bengt Saelensminde, is that the UK is in just as deep a hole as Greece.

Why we’re collecting less income tax – the rise of the black economy

The economy is improving, a but the amount of personal income tax raised isn’t rising. One reason is the sheer size of the black economy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Pawnbroking is big business in Asia – here are three best stocks to profit

Asian banks turn away millions of customers every year. Lars Henriksson explains how that’s created a lucrative market for investors.

The real reason Syriza won power – in one simple chart

It’s easy to stereoptype Greeks as lazy freeloaders But this chart shows just how much they’ve had to put up with, and why they voted for Syriza.

Supreme sophistication from Rolls

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has just got even better.

Greece tells Europe to shove austerity: here’s what it means for you

The victory in Greece of far-left, anti-austerity party Syriza sends a clear message to Europe. John Stepek looks at what happens now, and what it means for you.

26 January 1808: Australia’s Rum Rebellion

On this day in 1808, the New South Wales Corps led by Major George Johnson carried out the only forceful takeover of power in Australian history.

The Greek election: what to watch out for and what it means for you

Alexis Tsipras is leading in the polls, but he’s made some big promises to voters. Kam Patel explains what you need to know ahead of the Greek election.

Bored with your bank’s measly rates? Check out this alternative

Investment trusts are quickly becoming one of the best ways to get income in today’s market. Bengt Saelensminde explains why.

Alternative finance: The exciting rebels elbowing their way into a boring business

Lots of small businesses are fed up with being paid late. David C Stevenson looks at the innovators that have come to put an end to it.

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Paul Hodges: house prices could fall 50% in 'Great Unwinding'

Merryn Somerset Webb interviews Paul Hodges about deflation, the global economy's 'Great Unwinding', and how Britain's house prices could halve.


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28 January 1896: The world's first speeding ticket

119 years ago today, motorist Walter Arnold was caught tearing through Paddock Wood in Kent at a hair-raising 8mph, and became the first driver in the world to receive a speeding ticket.