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UK Economy

How the BBC can survive the end of the TV licence

Th TV licence that funds the BBC is looking way past its sell-by date, says Matthew Lynn. Here's how it could survive without it
16 Feb 2020
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Investment gurus

Seth Klarman: focusing on value stocks will pay off

Value stocks are very much out of favour , says Seth Klarman, chief executive of hedge fund Baupost. But that won't always be the case.
13 Feb 2020
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Silver and other precious metals

You should all own some silver. Just don’t expect it to make you rich

Silver is cool, beautiful and immensely useful. But for investors it's the most frustrating of metals. Dominic Frisby explains why you should own some…
12 Feb 2020
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Inflation

Here’s why the Federal Reserve might print more money before 2020 is out

The Federal Reserve wants to allow US inflation to run “hot” for a while. But that’s just an excuse to keep interest rates low – and possibly print mo…
10 Feb 2020
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Beware the scam merchants in binary-options trading

Despite the regulator’s best efforts, social media is still infested with financial con artists hunting for potential victims. Trader Michael Taylor e…
10 Feb 2020
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Brexit

Winners and losers from a hard Brexit

Our exit from the EU is likely to be of the hard variety, says Matthew Lynn. Investors should back the industries that will flourish
9 Feb 2020
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China's economy

The coronavirus makes China’s economic balancing act even harder

2020 should be the year when China straightens out its heavily indebted economy. But the coronavirus could throw a spanner in that plan, says John Ste…
6 Feb 2020
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Renewables

The “green” bubble is here. What could burst it?

Renewable energy, electric cars and the demise of fossil fuels – markets have embraced the green revolution with gusto. But there’s bound to be a snap…
4 Feb 2020

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Stockmarkets

Is coronavirus panic reaching a peak yet?

As the coronavirus scare continues, John Stepek asks if the markets’ panic has been too extreme, and looks at the possibilities for investors.
3 Feb 2020
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Global Economy

The charts that matter: corona-panic takes hold

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, John Stepek looks at how it may have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
1 Feb 2020
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Economy

MMT: beware the great inflation game

A decade of ever more outrageous monetary experimentation by central banks will soon culminate in steeply rising prices. Make sure you hold gold, says…
31 Jan 2020
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Pound vs Euro

Currency Corner: As Britain leaves the EU, what lies ahead for the pound?

On Brexit Day, there’s only one currency pair to look at, says Dominic Frisby – the pound and the euro. Will sterling continue to strengthen, or will …
31 Jan 2020
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Brexit

Boris Johnson’s big Brexit plan

The prime minister needs to get Brexit done, and get the economy growing – particularly for first-time Tory voters. Can he manage all that while negot…
30 Jan 2020
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Economy

How Putin's cronyism is strangling Russia

Russia's vast population and wealth of resources should be boosting growth. There’s one man holding it back: Vladimir Putin
27 Jan 2020
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Investment gurus

Martin Gilbert: most assets still look “reasonable” value

Only government bonds seem too expensive, says Martin Gilbert, vice chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen.
24 Jan 2020
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Currencies

Currency Corner: the US dollar could go a lot higher against the euro

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the euro has been in a steady decline against the US dollar. That's likely to continue, says Dominic Frisby. Here's h…
24 Jan 2020
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Funds

How the boom in passive investing could create better-run companies

ESG investing, or "ethical investing" as it used to be called, is mostly about the marketing, says John Stepek. But it's not all bad.
24 Jan 2020
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Investment gurus

Larry Fink: climate change will "reshape finance"

Larry Fink, chief executive, BlackRock, believes that changes in the global climate will redefine the way modern markets work.
21 Jan 2020
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Currencies

Currency Corner: how is the New Zealand dollar doing against its US counterpart?

The New Zealand dollar has been doing well against the US dollar in recent months, but has started to wobble a little. Is it still a buy? Dominic Fris…
20 Jan 2020
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Analysis

When ETFs can’t work miracles

Bond ETFs can be cheap and liquid, but tracking high-yield debt is more difficult than tracking stocks.
20 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Take a punt against businesses with Remainer CEOs

Prominent EU supporters’ faulty reasoning is a liability for their businesses, says Matthew Lynn. Sell their shares short.
19 Jan 2020
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Investments

Where will markets be in 2030? Here are 20 forecasts for the 2020s

A lot has changed in the last ten years – stockmarkets soared, technology transformed our lives and politics has changed beyond measure. Here, Dominic…
14 Jan 2020
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Currencies

Currency Corner: how high can the pound go against the euro in 2020?

In the month in which we should finally leave the European Union, Dominic Frisby takes a look at the pound vs the euro and asks just how high sterling…
13 Jan 2020
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EU Economy

Investors needn’t fear the rise of Europe’s green parties

Green parties across Europe are finding the centre-right to be natural allies. That will be great for business, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Jan 2020
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Economy

The charts that matter: nothing to see here, folks

John Stepek lokos at how an eventful week in the world of geopolitics has affected – or not – the charts that matter most to the global economy.
11 Jan 2020
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Economy

A look at the state of Iran’s feeble economy

The Islamic Republic is a big player in regional geopolitics, but its economy is weak, its people in revolt and its enemies growing bolder. Simon Wils…
11 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Here’s what really matters for markets in 2020

The current geopolitical turmoil is making headlines. But it isn’t particularly significant for investors, says John Stepek. What matters more is how …
10 Jan 2020
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Economy

US vs Iran: threat of war shakes the world

America’s assassination of a key figure in the Iranian regime has jolted bullish investors out of their complacency. Could we now be facing an oil spi…
9 Jan 2020
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Investments

Mindfulness and wellbeing: the relentless, creepy rise of the enforced happiness industry

The evidence suggests we’ve never been richer or healthier, yet we are always being told how stressed and discontented we are. Jonathan Compton assess…
9 Jan 2020
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Gold

Don’t panic about Iran – but don’t sell your gold either

Markets have reacted calmly to the tension between the US and Iran. But don’t get too complacent. It’s still a good idea to hold on to some gold as in…
9 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Frisby’s forecasts: here’s what’s definitely going to happen in 2020 (maybe)

From climate change to stocks, currencies and house prices, Dominic Frisby gets out his crystal ball and predicts what he thinks might happen in 2020.
8 Jan 2020
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Economy

The winner of our corporate Baftas – the greatest companies of the past decade

Share price and sheer market clout has made video-streaming service Netflix the stand-out star of the stock titans in 2019, says Matthew Lynn.
28 Dec 2019
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Three UK stocks for all seasons

Professional investor Robin Geffen picks three UK stocks that offer an attractive yield, income growth, and corporate resilience.
23 Dec 2019
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Economy

Four ways to shape post-Brexit Britain

One part of the Brexit debate is thankfully over. A more important one must now begin, says Matthew Lynn. How to build a post-Brexit Britain.
22 Dec 2019
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Value investors’ patience will be rewarded by these three stocks

Professional value investor Hugh Sergeant looks to buy strong companies that trade at a discount to their true worth. Here, he picks three that should…
16 Dec 2019
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Stock markets

Tesco should keep its Asian assets

The £7bn that Tesco could get for its Tesco Lotus business in Asia looks enticing. But holding on to it would be smarter, says Matthew Lynn.
15 Dec 2019
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Three cloud computing stocks to buy now

Professional investor Anthony Ginsberg picks three stocks that he thinks can dominate the emerging field of cloud computing.
9 Dec 2019
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Economy

Why the gig economy means nations will soon find taxation more taxing

The world of work is changing as the gig economy – and the self-employed themselves – go global. That will leave a big hole in countries’ coffers, say…
6 Dec 2019
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Economy

What level of income really makes you “rich”?

The one-percent club may not be quite as exclusive as you think, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Many people can drift in and out throughout their lives.
2 Dec 2019
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Four stocks that blend value and growth for healthy capital gains

Good stockpickers should buy both value and growth stocks, says professional investor Chris Garsten. Here, he picks four stocks that combine the best …
29 Nov 2019
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Economy

The productivity puzzle: is Britain stuck in a rut?

Growth in output per worker is vital to the wealth of nations. Since the financial crisis, Britain has consistently fallen behind on this score. Why? …
28 Nov 2019
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Three high quality and high income stocks at bargain prices

Professional investor David Smith of the Henderson High Income Trust selects three of his favourite high quality income stocks.
18 Nov 2019
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Three top-quality stocks for income and growth

Professional investor Hugo Are picks three UK stocks that offer an attractive yield and the prospect of income and capital growth.
11 Nov 2019
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Economy

A new chapter for high-street banks in the PPI mis-selling saga

The PPI mis-selling scandal is nearly over for the banks. But a new nightmare may be just about to begin.
10 Nov 2019
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Four sustainable stocks that will crush the competition

Professional investor Ben Goldsmith picks four environmentally sustainable stocks with competitive advantages that should shield them from risks in a …
4 Nov 2019
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Stock markets

HSBC is past its sell-by date – it needs to be split up

A radical break-up of HSBC may be the only way to save the sprawling banking conglomerate, says Matthew Lynn.
3 Nov 2019
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Three top-quality European stocks set for long-term success

Professional investor Jamie Ross picks three high quality European stocks that he believes are likely to stay that way.
28 Oct 2019
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Economy

Who will save the euro after Mario Draghi has gone?

Mario Draghi – a safe pair of hands at the ECB – is succeeded by Christine Lagarde, a lawyer who thought Argentina good for a loan.
27 Oct 2019
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Economy

Why Wall Street has got the US economy wrong again

The hiring slowdown does not signal recession for the US economy. Growth is just moving down a gear, says Brian Pellegrini.
25 Oct 2019