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The European Central Bank throws away the rulebook to bail out Italy

The ECB has removed all constraints on asset purchases and will now buy “whatever it takes” to tackle the coronavirus. John Stepek explains what it me…
26 Mar 2020
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How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees

The government has acted swiftly to protect the earnings of those in employment, But the self-employed deserve help too. Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
25 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money

HMRC won’t penalise non-residents who might otherwise have to pay UK tax if they get stuck in the country. That’s going to be expensive, says Merryn S…
24 Mar 2020
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Markets are starting to realise just how bad the coronavirus crisis will be

As governments around the world throw everything including the kitchen sink in the fight against coronavirus, markets are reaching the “moment of maxi…
23 Mar 2020
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Stockmarket crash: more to come

The stockmarket crash was hard and sudden – and it might not be over yet. But while the short term outlook is awful, says Merryn Somerset Webb, that d…
23 Mar 2020
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Three tasks for Andrew Bailey, the new governor of the Bank of England

As Andrew Bailey takes over as governor of the Bank of England, he should be thinking about more than just viruses, says Matthew Lynn.
22 Mar 2020
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Investment gurus

Masayoshi Son goes on a Softbank buyback spree

Masayoshi Son, founder of SoftBank, plans to have his company buy back billions of pounds' worth of its own shares over the next year.
18 Mar 2020
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Albert Edwards: beware US corporate debt

The mountain of debt run up by US corporations leaves the economy very vulnerable to any disruption, says Societe Generale's Albert Edwards.
16 Mar 2020

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The FTSE 100 doesn’t need its retailers

Retailers are falling out of Britain’s index of leading shares – the latest FTSE 100 reshuffle left just four. But that may be no bad thing, says Matt…
15 Mar 2020
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Interest-rate cut: here’s what the Bank of England is doing to tackle coronavirus

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to just 0.25%. John Stepek explains how this could help tide the economy over the …
11 Mar 2020
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Warren Buffett: investors should ignore scary headlines

You wouldn’t buy or sell your own business on the back of today's headlines, sasy Warren Buffett, so why sell shares in good firms?
10 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Why retailing is not dead yet

Some shop owners have stopped complaining and started innovating. That may yet save our high street.
8 Mar 2020
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Don't scrap pensions tax relief. We need people to save more, not less

Scrapping higher-rate pension tax relief would amount to double taxation and discourage retirement saving, thereby depriving the economy of crucial …
5 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus is the ideal excuse for governments to blow the budget

The world's current governments didn't really need an excuse to go on a spending spree. But in the coronavirus epidemic, they've now got one. Expect t…
5 Mar 2020
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Should we replace entrepreneurs’ tax perks with employee ownership?

The chancellor could well abolish entrepreneurs’ relief in the Budget. We could use some of the tax savings to create more worker-owned businesses, sa…
5 Mar 2020
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A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020
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Phew! The G7 rides to the markets’ rescue

G7 finance ministers are to discuss the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the world’s markets and economy. John Stepek looks at what – if anythin…
3 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus: buying opportunity or end of the road?

With stockmarkets making double-digit falls last week, central banks could throw more stimulus their way. But will it work? And does that mean it’s a …
2 Mar 2020
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Investment banks make a wrong turn into retail

Cracking the retail market is likely to be too big a challenge for investment banks such as JPMorgan.
1 Mar 2020
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Gold, coronavirus, and the high cost of face masks in northern Italy

The price of gold is spiking – as it always does in a global panic. But this bull market predates the coronavirus epidemic, says Dominic Frisby, and w…
26 Feb 2020
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Why it makes sense to scrap higher-rate pensions tax relief

The point of pensions tax relief is to keep you out of the means-tested benefits system. The current system is ridiculously generous, says Merryn Some…
24 Feb 2020
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Come back buy-to-letters, all is forgiven

The government is winning its war against small private buy-to-let landlords. But who benefits?
23 Feb 2020
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Ken Griffin: inflation will catch markets entirely by surprise

Coronavirus may be the most immediate threat to markets right now, but there are several longer-term ones, says Ken Griffin of investment firm Citadel…
20 Feb 2020