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The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending
Boris Johnson
UK Economy

The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending

The prime minister promised a package of Rooseveltian proportions to grow the economy out of its Covid-19-induced torpor. Just how impressive is it re…
11 Jul 2020
What next for the world economy?
Trumpists protesting against wearing masks
Global Economy

What next for the world economy?

Major global economies have been recovering from lockdowns more quickly than expected, but are we poised for a “V”, “U” or “W-shaped” recovery?
10 Jul 2020
Melbourne locks down as Covid-19 returns to Australia
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Global Economy

Melbourne locks down as Covid-19 returns to Australia

A new coronavirus flare-up in Melbourne has forced Australia's second-biggest city into a six-week lockdown. 
9 Jul 2020
Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?

John Stepek runs his eye over the chancellor's £30bn stimulus package and asks if it's enough to get the economy back on its feet after months of lock…
9 Jul 2020
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An economics lesson from my barber
A barber's shop
Inflation

An economics lesson from my barber

On reopening his shop after lockdown, Dominic Frisby’s barber doubled his prices. It’s all part of the post-Covid inflation process – and we’re going …
8 Jul 2020
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How “pent-up demand” could drive a V-shaped economic recovery
Global Economy

How “pent-up demand” could drive a V-shaped economic recovery

“Pent-up demand” is usually a myth. But not this time. The Covid lockdown has created genuine pent-up demand, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s now be…
29 Jun 2020
Fear of a second wave is getting a hold on the market
Stockmarkets

Fear of a second wave is getting a hold on the market

Stockmarkets wobbled after Covid-19 began to make a comeback in many US states. John Stepek looks at what it means for you as an investor.
29 Jun 2020

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How coronavirus is killing off the theatre
UK Economy

How coronavirus is killing off the theatre

The performing arts have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and recovery is nowhere in sight. Yet the creative industries are an essential part o…
20 Jun 2020
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HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses
Small business

HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses

Businesses that claimed money they didn’t need face trouble if they are found to have breached the schemes' terms.
19 Jun 2020
Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse
UK Economy

Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse

Everyone wants a bailout. Not everyone will get one, but many will. So how do we go about paying for it all? A minimum tax rate on earned and unearned…
18 Jun 2020
A year’s worth of inflation in a single month
Inflation

A year’s worth of inflation in a single month

A recent study suggests inflation could be a much bigger problem than many people think. Markets are certainly not pricing it in. John Stepek explains…
18 Jun 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Merryn and John on markets, pent-up demand, and a V-shaped recovery
Stockmarkets

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Merryn and John on markets, pent-up demand, and a V-shaped recovery

This week, Merryn and John talk about how most markets (bar two) are overpriced; how, with people desperate to return to normality, a V-shaped recover…
17 Jun 2020
Have you been furloughed? Here's how it could hit your pension entitlement
Pensions

Have you been furloughed? Here's how it could hit your pension entitlement

Your pension savings could be squeezed by the state's furlough scheme – and its withdrawal.
16 Jun 2020
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Airlines fight UK quarantine law
UK stockmarkets

Airlines fight UK quarantine law

British carriers have taken legal action against the new quarantine law for travellers, which could thwart the sector’s recovery.
11 Jun 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 …
11 Jun 2020
Hugh Hendry: fire Jerome Powell and let the Fed go properly nuts
Global Economy

Hugh Hendry: fire Jerome Powell and let the Fed go properly nuts

Merryn talks to analyst and ex hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry, who explains why 2020 is very like 2002; why gold is the adult equivalent of Disneyland…
8 Jun 2020
Mervyn King: why the Covid pandemic is a classic example of radical uncertainty
UK Economy

Mervyn King: why the Covid pandemic is a classic example of radical uncertainty

This week, Merryn talks to ex-governor of the Bank of England Merryn King about the pandemic and how to prepare for a future that is unknowable; the g…
2 Jun 2020
What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this
UK Economy

What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this

The government will guarantee emergency "bounce back loans" for small businesses hit by Covid-19. Inevitably, many businesses will default. And there'…
1 Jun 2020
Sales will bounce back, but will profits?
Stockmarkets

Sales will bounce back, but will profits?

As the lockdown ends, everyday life will resume – just don’t expect business as usual, says Matthew Lynn.
31 May 2020
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Why children suffer most from lockdowns
UK Economy

Why children suffer most from lockdowns

School closures harm the prospects of children and it’s the poorest who are hurt the most. On a global level, that will have huge effects on human d…
30 May 2020
Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life
UK Economy

Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life

Everybody is speculating on how life will look once lockdown is lifted. My guess, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is much the same as it looked before the …
29 May 2020
As full lockdown ends, what are the risks for investors?
Stockmarkets

As full lockdown ends, what are the risks for investors?

In the UK and elsewhere, people are gradually being let off the leash as the lockdown begins to end. John Stepek looks at what risks remain for invest…
29 May 2020