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Matthew Lynn

Matthew Lynn is a columnist for Bloomberg, writing a weekly commentary syndicated in papers such as Die Welt, the Sydney Morning Herald, the South China Morning Post and the Miami Herald. He is also an associate editor of Spectator Business, and a regular contributor to The Spectator. Before that, he worked for the business section of the Sunday Times for ten years. Matthew is also a thriller writer.

Let’s adjust to living with Covid and get Britain back to work
UK Economy

Let’s adjust to living with Covid and get Britain back to work

The Covid-19 era is over, leaving a stagnant and lethargic workforce in its wake. It’s time to wake up, says Matthew Lynn.
25 May 2022
Tech stock crash – dotcom bust 2.0 is upon us
Tech stocks

Tech stock crash – dotcom bust 2.0 is upon us

It’s carnage in the tech sector as the market crashes. But that spells opportunity for canny investors, says Matthew Lynn
19 May 2022
Get set for another debt binge as real interest rates fall
UK Economy

Get set for another debt binge as real interest rates fall

Despite the fuss about rising interest rates, they’re falling in real terms. That will blow up a wild bubble, says Matthew Lynn.
15 May 2022
Why Elon Musk's Twitter takeover could mark the end of the reign of the CEO
Stockmarkets

Why Elon Musk's Twitter takeover could mark the end of the reign of the CEO

The overlords of the corporate world have had their day, says Matthew Lynn. Long live the Technokings!
8 May 2022
Why new technology will pump up inflation
Inflation

Why new technology will pump up inflation

New technology will make it easier to sneak through price rises without anyone really noticing, says Matthew Lynn.
1 May 2022
Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president
EU Economy

Why France's soaring debt is a real risk no matter who is president

The result of France's presidential election matters less than the state of its public finances, says Matthew Lynn
24 Apr 2022
Private equity opportunities in Japan for investors
Japan stockmarkets

Private equity opportunities in Japan for investors

Private equity is eyeing up the country and moving in to break apart giants. That will be great for investors, says Matthew Lynn.
17 Apr 2022
Why investing in SPACs is a big gamble
Investments

Why investing in SPACs is a big gamble

They were always a waste of money, and that reality is dawning. It would be mad to join the party now, says Matthew Lynn.
8 Apr 2022
Four options for the sale of Chelsea FC
UK Economy

Four options for the sale of Chelsea FC

The UK's sanctioning of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich resulted in Chelsea going up for sale. Matthew Lynn explains four options that should be consid…
2 Apr 2022
The stockmarket needs more unlikely deals like AMC's mining punt
Stockmarkets

The stockmarket needs more unlikely deals like AMC's mining punt

AMC’s investment in a gold miner is hard to justify, but companies should be a bit bolder, says Matthew Lynn
27 Mar 2022
The mistakes pharmaceutical companies made with their Covid vaccines
Biotech stocks

The mistakes pharmaceutical companies made with their Covid vaccines

Covid-19 looked as if it would mark the start of a golden age for the pharmaceutical industry. It’s not worked out that way, says Matthew Lynn.
19 Mar 2022
Why Rishi Sunak must tighten the government’s purse strings
UK Economy

Why Rishi Sunak must tighten the government’s purse strings

We can’t turn to the printing press every time there’s a crisis. It’s time to face up to reality, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Mar 2022
The US Federal Reserve must fight its own battles
US Economy

The US Federal Reserve must fight its own battles

Getting involved in other political fights will undermine the credibility of America's central bank – and that could affect us all, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Mar 2022
Why the EU should fear an exodus of Big Tech companies
Tech stocks

Why the EU should fear an exodus of Big Tech companies

Politicians are making the EU a hostile environment for Big Tech. It would be wise to tread more carefully, says Matthew Lynn.
20 Feb 2022
Lidl’s secret sauce – why you should buy bottom feeders
Retail stocks

Lidl’s secret sauce – why you should buy bottom feeders

Piling it high and selling it cheap is not the easy money-making strategy it might seem. Buy up those who can do it well, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Feb 2022
Companies can't ride out inflation by raising prices
Inflation

Companies can't ride out inflation by raising prices

Companies that think they can simply ride out inflation by putting up prices are in for a wake-up call, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Feb 2022
The state-backed “gigafactory”: all aboard the next Concorde
UK Economy

The state-backed “gigafactory”: all aboard the next Concorde

State functionaries do not have a good record of picking winners. That won’t stop them doing it again
30 Jan 2022
Why GSK should turn down Unilever’s billions
UK stockmarkets

Why GSK should turn down Unilever’s billions

Unilever has offered GSK £50bn for its consumer division. But while the cash will be a temptation, the deal is not in the interests of shareholders or…
22 Jan 2022
Britain's high street comes back from the dead
Retail stocks

Britain's high street comes back from the dead

Creative destruction has wrought its magic on the high street and there are new signs of life in retail, says Matthew Lynn
16 Jan 2022
AIB selloff: a tempting morsel for British banks
Bank stocks

AIB selloff: a tempting morsel for British banks

The Irish government is selling off its stakes in rescued banks. That’s an opportunity for the brave, says Matthew Lynn.
9 Jan 2022
Five unexpected events that could shock the markets in 2022
Stockmarkets

Five unexpected events that could shock the markets in 2022

Forget Covid-19 – it’s the unexpected twists that will rattle markets in 2022, says Matthew Lynn. Here are five possibilities
31 Dec 2021
Activist investing: forget hedge funds, leave it to private investors
Stocks and shares

Activist investing: forget hedge funds, leave it to private investors

Demands from “activist investor” hedge funds are every bit as short-termist as the management teams they are trying to shake up, says Matthew Lynn. Pr…
19 Dec 2021
A survival strategy for British retailers
Retail stocks

A survival strategy for British retailers

American shops are splitting off their web divisions – that could release value for British retailers too, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Dec 2021
Why Britain should join the race to corner the cannabis market
UK Economy

Why Britain should join the race to corner the cannabis market

Germany’s government is to legalise cannabis – but Britain risks getting left behind in a growing new industry, says Matthew Lynn.
5 Dec 2021
Why Britain’s supermarket chains should take over Europe
Retail stocks

Why Britain’s supermarket chains should take over Europe

Britain’s supermarkets should not sit back and wait for a takeover bid, says Matthew Lynn. They should launch their own for the continent’s chains.
28 Nov 2021
Shell's move to London is a vote of confidence in Brexit Britain
UK stockmarkets

Shell's move to London is a vote of confidence in Brexit Britain

Shell and Unilever have upped sticks and moved to the UK. The City should tempt more corporate giants in, says Matthew Lynn.
21 Nov 2021
Private equity eyes up high-street banks
UK stockmarkets

Private equity eyes up high-street banks

Carlyle’s bid for Metro may be just an appetiser before the hearty main course, says Matthew Lynn
14 Nov 2021
Joe Biden’s public spending revolution eats itself
US Economy

Joe Biden’s public spending revolution eats itself

The US president’s flood of free money was going to save America. Now, the country is drowning, says Matthew Lynn.
7 Nov 2021
Investors go wild for Trump’s Spac
US stockmarkets

Investors go wild for Trump’s Spac

Former US president Donald Trump launched a new social network last week that went through a special purpose acquisition vehicle (Spac). Matthew Lynn …
28 Oct 2021
Why we should scrap the Budget
Budget

Why we should scrap the Budget

The yearly Budget, big set-piece of British politics, encourages the very worst from the government, says Matthew Lynn.
24 Oct 2021
The after effects of the gas-price shock
Economy

The after effects of the gas-price shock

In the wake of the recent spike in the natural gas price, we can expect slower growth, an industrial recession – and a newly assertive Russia, says Ma…
17 Oct 2021
How to stop the private-equity takeover of Britain’s listed companies
UK stockmarkets

How to stop the private-equity takeover of Britain’s listed companies

Putting up barriers in the open market would make no sense. But there is another way, says Matthew Lynn. Just start valuing British equities properly.…
10 Oct 2021
The content streaming industry is fast turning into a bubble
Stockmarkets

The content streaming industry is fast turning into a bubble

Ever greater fortunes are changing hands for old songs and film franchises. But the good times cannot last, says Matthew Lynn.
3 Oct 2021
How the UK can help solve the semiconductor shortage
UK Economy

How the UK can help solve the semiconductor shortage

The EU’s plan to build a semiconductor manufacturing industry will fail, but the UK should take advantage of that, says Matthew Lynn
26 Sep 2021
Warsaw and Stockholm: the unexpected new threats to the City of London
UK stockmarkets

Warsaw and Stockholm: the unexpected new threats to the City of London

London has seen off challenges from Frankfurt and Paris, but two other booming financial centres are a bigger threat, says Matthew Lynn.
19 Sep 2021
Prepare for the rise of the “labour-lite” business
Global Economy

Prepare for the rise of the “labour-lite” business

Staff shortages are not going away any time soon – businesses that can do without a big workforce will thrive, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Sep 2021