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Stuart Watkins

How to invest as we move to a hydrogen economy
Energy

How to invest as we move to a hydrogen economy

The government has started to roll out its plans for switching us over from fossil fuels to hydrogen and renewable energy. Should investors buy in? St…
8 Oct 2021
“Superforecasting”: can you profit from predicting the future?
Investment strategy

“Superforecasting”: can you profit from predicting the future?

Some people, it seems, really are better at seeing what lies ahead than others. But would their crystal ball be of any help to investors? Stuart Watki…
30 Jul 2021
Are we living in a new era of political sleaze?
UK Economy

Are we living in a new era of political sleaze?

Cosy relations between politicians and corporations are back in the news. Just how bad is the problem? Stuart Watkins reports.
30 Apr 2021
The Great Reset: a fresh start or yet another assault on freedom?
Global Economy

The Great Reset: a fresh start or yet another assault on freedom?

The World Economic Forum’s latest big idea is being trumpeted as a new beginning for the global economy. Yet in truth there is nothing new about it – …
26 Feb 2021
Invest in water and provide a buffer against future pandemics
Soft commodities

Invest in water and provide a buffer against future pandemics

Global water shortages have long hampered growth and development, and climate change has exacerbated the problem. Will the coronavirus pandemic be a t…
25 Feb 2021
Political hot air lifts hydrogen stocks: here's how to profit
Renewables

Political hot air lifts hydrogen stocks: here's how to profit

Boris Johnson is committed to a green revolution. Hydrogen, long touted as the obvious answer to our energy woes, will have to be at least a part of t…
19 Nov 2020
What’s worse: monopoly power or government intervention?
Global Economy

What’s worse: monopoly power or government intervention?

Politicians of all stripes increasingly agree with Karl Marx on one point – that monopolies are an inevitable consequence of free-market capitalism, a…
1 Oct 2020
Could a universal basic income save the world?
UK Economy

Could a universal basic income save the world?

Long touted as a simple solution to the complex problems that arise in capitalist societies, universal basic income is having another moment in the sp…
10 Sep 2020
MMT: the magic money tree bears fruit
Global Economy

MMT: the magic money tree bears fruit

“Modern Monetary Theory” is becoming modern monetary practice. But how far will policymakers go in this radical experiment, and at what cost? Stuart W…
17 Jul 2020
MMT: what is modern monetary theory and will it work?
Economy

MMT: what is modern monetary theory and will it work?

“Modern monetary theory” – or MMT – is all the rage among progressive thinkers, especially in the United States. What is it? And does it stand up to s…
14 Jul 2020
How to profit as the world goes vegan
Share tips

How to profit as the world goes vegan

Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular and even the fast-food giants are looking to cash in. It looks like veganism might be more than a …
7 Jul 2020
Are we back on the road to serfdom?
Economy

Are we back on the road to serfdom?

The coronavirus crisis has led to levels of state intervention unprecedented in peace time. The Austrian School reminds us of the challenges, say Dan …
22 May 2020
Investing in hydrogen: the cleaner, greener fuel that will power the future
Renewables

Investing in hydrogen: the cleaner, greener fuel that will power the future

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and when it burns it releases nothing but energy and water. Could it be the answer to our climat…
21 Apr 2020
The productivity puzzle: is Britain stuck in a rut?
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
Four alternatives to the typical holiday
Features

Four alternatives to the typical holiday

Fed up with the usual tourist traps when you go on holiday? Then it’s time for something completely different, says Stuart Watkins.
27 Sep 2019
Hit the sofa for the summer with these video games
Spending it

Hit the sofa for the summer with these video games

Computer gaming has come a long way from space invaders and shoot ‘em ups. Here are seven of the best.
16 Aug 2019
Erdogan whittles away Turkish democracy
Economy

Erdogan whittles away Turkish democracy

It was a symbolic loss for his party, but now Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to have another try.
18 Apr 2019
We’ll Bremain until Halloween
Economy

We’ll Bremain until Halloween

What happens in the meantime? We watch a few more horror shows. Stuart Watkins reports.
18 Apr 2019
Poll loss weakens the grip of Turkey’s strongman
Economy

Poll loss weakens the grip of Turkey’s strongman

Turkish local elections have produced a political earthquake for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist coalition.
4 Apr 2019
Please regulate me, says Zuckerberg
Economy

Please regulate me, says Zuckerberg

The Facebook boss has called for global rules to police social media. Stuart Watkins reports.
4 Apr 2019
Sin is going out of fashion
Stockmarkets

Sin is going out of fashion

Younger generations are less likely to turn to drink for solace or pleasure. What will this mean for our booze-soaked culture and economy? Stuart Watk…
25 Jan 2019
The economic consequences of veganism
Economy

The economic consequences of veganism

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas turkey. But should you leave the poor beasts alone next year and serve tofu on the big day instead? Stuart Watkins …
28 Dec 2018
Rome plays the long game with Brussels
Economy

Rome plays the long game with Brussels

Italy’s response to pressure from Brussels over its budget may be better orchestrated than it appears.
30 Nov 2018
May’s ex-deal is nailed to the perch
Economy

May’s ex-deal is nailed to the perch

All sides in the debate have declared the PM’s Brexit deal dead. What comes next? Stuart Watkins reports.
30 Nov 2018
Head off the beaten track in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and India
Travel and holidays

Head off the beaten track in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and India

Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Ladakh – three adventures away from the usual tourist trails.
23 Nov 2018
“Peak Water”: how to invest in a world that’s drying up
Economy

“Peak Water”: how to invest in a world that’s drying up

There’s water everywhere, but if there is to be a drop to drink in the future, big changes will be needed. Investors can help keep the taps running, s…
25 Oct 2018
Pilgrimages: walking the stairway to heaven
Travel and holidays

Pilgrimages: walking the stairway to heaven

Stuart Watkins looks at some of the world's most scenic pilgrim trails.
12 Oct 2018
Modern capitalism and the rise of the bullshit job
Economy

Modern capitalism and the rise of the bullshit job

Modern capitalism was supposed to deliver productivity gains, efficiency and unimagined wealth for all. Why then are so many of us labouring away at p…
31 Aug 2018
Electric cars: the milk float comes of age
Art

Electric cars: the milk float comes of age

Electric cars are now a viable option for serious motorists. Should you buy one? Stuart Watkins reports.
8 Jun 2018
The call of the tribe
Travel and holidays

The call of the tribe

In pristine lands far from the beaten track, age-old ways of life survive, says Stuart Watkins.
11 May 2018
How the left-behind took back control in Preston
Economy

How the left-behind took back control in Preston

Austerity and the Brexit referendum opened up a political space where things could be done differently. But are Labour’s plans a move in the right dir…
4 May 2018
Take a spiritual pilgrimage
Spending it

Take a spiritual pilgrimage

Forsake your search for the perfect beach or spa and become a true seeker, says Stuart Watkins.
6 Apr 2018
Three alternative city breaks in Europe
Travel and holidays

Three alternative city breaks in Europe

Get away from the norm with a stay in the cities that tourists ignore, says Stuart Watkins.
16 Mar 2018
The crisis in higher education
Economy

The crisis in higher education

Bloated fat cats at the top, baying mobs closing down meetings at the bottom, and striking dons in between – it seems our universities are in deep tro…
10 Mar 2018
Audi RS3: a family saloon with super powers
Spending it

Audi RS3: a family saloon with super powers

The new Audi RS3 is a small family car with a power output not dissimilar to a Porsche 996 Turbo. That is quite unsettling.
12 Jan 2018
Buy your own Mr Motivator
Spending it

Buy your own Mr Motivator

Eight exercise gadgets to give your willpower a boost and get you into tip-top shape for the year ahead.
5 Jan 2018