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Money Minute Tuesday 22 October: UK public finances and company updates

In today’s Money Minute, we look ahead to the latest news on the state of the UK’s public finances, and it’s a busy day for big company updates.


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Short Wayfair: home furniture won’t deliver

Online furniture retailer Wayfair is chronically unprofitable and faces too much competition, says Matthew Partridge.

Is it time for you to get a new energy deal?

You may well be paying too much for your gas and electricity. But finding a cheaper energy deal isn’t difficult and could save you a lot of money.

Will solar energy investment funds keep shining?

Investment funds designed to profit from the solar energy have done well, but now look expensive, says Max King.

Markets are getting over their burst of summer panic – but why?

Not so long ago, investors were despondent, diving headfirst into “safe haven” bonds. Now, however, markets have perked up. John Stepek explains what’s going on.

Betting on politics: two parliamentary seats worth a punt on

Matthew Partridge takes a look at the odds on two seats up for grabs in the next general election.

Steve Schwarzman: Wall Street’s arch dealmaker

Steve Schwarzman has had an illustrious career in finance, while his friendship with Donald Trump has made him a pivotal figure in the US-China trade war. Yet he remains a relative unknown. Jane Lewis reports.

Another Brexit delay – so what happens now?

Last week’s excitement over a Brexit deal getting done proved to be premature. John Stepek looks at where we are now, and what it means for your money.

Bill Gross: the danger for markets of ever-lower interest rates

Bill Gross – the billionaire co-founder of giant asset manager Pimco, is worried about the effect long-term low interest rates are having on the markets.

Chart of the week: world trade growth has stalled

World trade is struggling to recover from the massive recession caused by the financial crisis.

Long-term growth and innovation in Japan

Professional investor Nicholas Weindling picks three Japanese stocks that should benefit from structural trends that promise long-term sources of return.

Scotland is taxing itself to death

The authorities in Scotland are undermining the economy’s appeal. They had better watch out, says Matthew Lynn.

Artificial diamonds: a girl’s new best friend

Big names such as De Beers are grappling with a cyclical downturn – and a long-term challenge from artificial diamonds. It could change the market beyond recognition. Simon Wilson reports.

The charts that matter: Woodford, trade talks and Brexit hopes

As the first stage of the Brexit denouement draws closer John Stepek loks at how the week’s events have affected the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

Eastern European stocks are a bargain

The small size of the region’s markets means that Eastern European stocks are often overlooked in favour of bigger Asian growth stories. Yet there is plenty of promise closer to home as well.

Currency Corner: what does Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal mean for the pound?

In today’s Currency Corner, Dominic Frisby looks at what Boris Johnson’s potential Brexit deal with the EU could mean for sterling.

Global stocks will catch up with the US

US stocks have eclipsed other markets over the past decade and continued to outperform this year. But that outperformance looks set to end.

Ignore the wild swings – UK stocks are a buy

Whatever wild turn the Brexit drama takes next, the important thing to remember is that UK stocks are trading at bargain-basement prices.

We have a Brexit deal – but can it get past Parliament?

So we have a Brexit deal that both the EU and the government are happy with. It just needs to get past Parliament. John Stepek explains what’s likely to happen next, and what it all means for your money.

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