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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.

Three ways to avoid a big Deliveroo-style flop
UK stockmarkets

Three ways to avoid a big Deliveroo-style flop

Deliveroo's IPO – the most exciting new stockmarket flotation for a generation – turned out to be a big flop. It needn’t have been, says Matthew Lynn.
11 Apr 2021
How the Covid-19 vaccine crisis is putting the EU in danger
EU Economy

How the Covid-19 vaccine crisis is putting the EU in danger

The botched coronavirus vaccine campaign will cause long-term harm to the EU's economy, says Matthew Lynn.
4 Apr 2021
How established industries are striking back at upstart “disrupters”
Stockmarkets

How established industries are striking back at upstart “disrupters”

Established industry giants are taking the fight to tech upstarts. They will have second-mover advantage, says Matthew Lynn.
28 Mar 2021
How the FTSE 100 could get propelled to 10,000
FTSE 100

How the FTSE 100 could get propelled to 10,000

It would have seemed crazy just months ago, but British blue-chip stocks are about to get a big boost that could take the FTSE 100 index to 10,000, sa…
21 Mar 2021
Don’t fear Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax rise – it may never happen
UK Economy

Don’t fear Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax rise – it may never happen

A booming economy, tax competition and furious lobbying mean that the chancellor's proposed rise in corporation tax may never happen, says Matthew Lyn…
14 Mar 2021
With the £1bn “Future Fund”, maybe the state can pick winners after all
UK Economy

With the £1bn “Future Fund”, maybe the state can pick winners after all

Through the Future Fund, the UK government now has lots of stakes in small, start-up, high-growth companies. Time will tell whether that was wise, say…
7 Mar 2021
Why British business must speak up on lockdowns
UK Economy

Why British business must speak up on lockdowns

Restrictions are crushing business, but its leaders are nervous of saying anything. Time to toughen up, says Matthew Lynn.
28 Feb 2021
Four ways to boost Britain’s stricken economy
UK Economy

Four ways to boost Britain’s stricken economy

When lockdowns end, we will need a plan to get our businesses up and running again. Matthew Lynn outlines four urgently needed measures that the gover…
21 Feb 2021
Want to beat the market? Ditch the smartphone and trade stocks the old fashioned way
Investment strategy

Want to beat the market? Ditch the smartphone and trade stocks the old fashioned way

Anyone who wants to beat the market over the next decade should put away their smartphone and set up a brokerage account, says Matthew Lynn.
14 Feb 2021
What we can learn from Britain’s surprise vaccine success story
UK Economy

What we can learn from Britain’s surprise vaccine success story

Britain’s response to Covid-19 has been wanting. But we should also learn from what we got right, says Matthew Lynn.
7 Feb 2021
The rising stars of Aim, London's junior stockmarket
UK stockmarkets

The rising stars of Aim, London's junior stockmarket

Aim, the LSE’s junior market, may in time overtake the FTSE 100 as the benchmark of our new economy, says Matthew Lynn.
31 Jan 2021
The FTSE 100 is set for a makeover with an influx of new tech stocks
UK stockmarkets

The FTSE 100 is set for a makeover with an influx of new tech stocks

The FTSE 100 – the dullest index in the world – is about to reinvent itself as a host of new firms list on the market. The change is long overdue, say…
24 Jan 2021
Why the City should create a single financial market with the Swiss
Economy

Why the City should create a single financial market with the Swiss

A tie-up between London and Zurich, two global financial centres, could pay huge dividends for both, says Matthew Lynn.
17 Jan 2021
Plenty more Brexit arguments to be settled yet
Brexit

Plenty more Brexit arguments to be settled yet

Many important negotiations remain to be sealed in our deal with the EU. “No deal is better than a bad deal” is the way to play it, says Matthew Lynn
10 Jan 2021
Five things that will surprise us in 2021
Economy

Five things that will surprise us in 2021

A year without unexpected developments might be nice. But it won’t happen. Brace yourself for these five things, says Matthew Lynn.
1 Jan 2021
Wave of new stockmarket listings means investing just got fun again
Stockmarkets

Wave of new stockmarket listings means investing just got fun again

A wave of new initial public offerings from exciting companies is enticing investors back into stockmarkets, says Matthew Lynn.
20 Dec 2020
The lessons of “Operation Warp Speed” – the race to produce a vaccine
Biotech stocks

The lessons of “Operation Warp Speed” – the race to produce a vaccine

Governments and companies can learn from the extraordinary global effort to create a vaccine to defeat Covid-19, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Dec 2020
It’s time for the government to rediscover free enterprise
UK Economy

It’s time for the government to rediscover free enterprise

Instead of throwing money at a shaky labour market, the government should foster entrepreneurship, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Dec 2020
Big Pharma deserves its reward for coming up with Covid-19 vaccines
Biotech stocks

Big Pharma deserves its reward for coming up with Covid-19 vaccines

Calls to restrain drug companies' profits from making Covid-19 vaccines are misplaced and would do more harm than good, says Matthew Lynn
29 Nov 2020
Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape
Global Economy

Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Asia's new trading block, shows that it is possible to create large single markets without making …
22 Nov 2020
Why we need to light a bonfire of red tape in the City
UK stockmarkets

Why we need to light a bonfire of red tape in the City

We need to encourage more firms to list on the stockmarket. That should be easily achieved, says Matthew Lynn.
15 Nov 2020
The world in 2040: five potential market movers
Global Economy

The world in 2040: five potential market movers

Matthew Lynn takes an imaginary look back from 2040 at five of the biggest events to hit markets
8 Nov 2020
Why banks should be allowed to pay dividends again
Bank stocks

Why banks should be allowed to pay dividends again

Curbing payouts to shareholders never made much sense and the policy is crimping the economy, says MAtthew Lynn.
1 Nov 2020
“Big Finance” comes out of its decade-long slump as bankers bounce back
Stockmarkets

“Big Finance” comes out of its decade-long slump as bankers bounce back

The financial sector was hammered by the crisis of 2008. Now, bankers are rediscovering their swagger, says Matthew Lynn.
25 Oct 2020
The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Why Britain should change its employment laws
UK Economy

Why Britain should change its employment laws

Home workers shouldn’t expect the same rights as those based in the office, says Matthew Lynn.
11 Oct 2020
Time to privatise the BBC
UK Economy

Time to privatise the BBC

The new chairman of the BBC should be a radical who will ditch the news and focus on international markets, says Matthew Lynn.
4 Oct 2020
Beware: even the greatest brands can fail
UK Economy

Beware: even the greatest brands can fail

For decades, John Lewis seemed to exist in a parallel universe. Now, a grimmer reality has dawned
27 Sep 2020
Spare us these desperate measures
UK Economy

Spare us these desperate measures

Struggling firms are trying to reinvent themselves. Some are going to have to get much more radical
21 Sep 2020
A “new deal” needn’t be green
UK Economy

A “new deal” needn’t be green

Britain is seeking measures to revive its Covid-ravaged economy. It should choose from a broader palette than just “green”, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Sep 2020
No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too
Brexit

No deal is the best deal for Britain – and the EU too

Europe has a lot to gain from a thriving, independent Britain, says Matthew Lynn.
6 Sep 2020
Private equity should make its move for struggling UK companies
UK stockmarkets

Private equity should make its move for struggling UK companies

Money is cheap and bargains abound – it’s a great time for private equity funds to make a bid for some struggling companies, says Matthew Lynn.
30 Aug 2020
Prepare for mass unemployment
UK Economy

Prepare for mass unemployment

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, job losses will soar. That will demand a radical response, says Matthew Lynn.
23 Aug 2020
Why London should embrace TikTok
Tech stocks

Why London should embrace TikTok

The China-based social-media app needs a new HQ. Britain’s capital would be an ideal home, says Matthew Lynn.
16 Aug 2020
Five ways to boost the economy
UK Economy

Five ways to boost the economy

Boris Johnson is making a bonfire of planning red tape. Here Matthew Lynn proposes some more rules for the flames.
9 Aug 2020
Businesses must be bold if they want to survive
UK Economy

Businesses must be bold if they want to survive

It’s a difficult time for companies, but battening down the hatches is the wrong approach, says Matthew Lynn.
2 Aug 2020