Coronavirus

Markets wobble on second-wave fears
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UK stockmarkets

Markets wobble on second-wave fears

Speculation about a new lockdown in Britain saw the FTSE 100 slide 3.4% on Monday, its worst one-day loss since June.
24 Sep 2020
Universal Credit comes good
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UK Economy

Universal Credit comes good

The government’s benefit reforms have been plagued with disasters since their introduction in 2013. The Covid-19 crisis, however, has revealed a posit…
21 Sep 2020
Bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19
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UK Economy

Bad data is driving fear of a second wave of Covid-19

The recent spike in Covid-19 “cases” is very different to the original outbreak, says James Ferguson of MacroStrategy Partnership. The government need…
18 Sep 2020
Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?
People in Wuhan, China © Shutterstock
UK Economy

Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?

Not only must we never see more than five other people at the same time, we must report those who do to the police, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
17 Sep 2020
Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?
Health Secretary Matt Hancock © TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images
UK Economy

Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?

Governments around the world followed the authoritarian example of China in dealing with the emergence of Covid-19. Was that a wise choice?
12 Sep 2020
Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think
UK Economy

Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think

This is likely to be huge pressure for big tax rises to deal with our post-Covid debt. But history shows people will find a way to pay less one way or…
10 Sep 2020
Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now
UK Economy

Dealing with the debt: big tax rises are not the answer right now

Tax rises can’t do much to reduce the two-trillion-pound hole in our public finances. And the economy is too fragile for a tax grab now anyway. So whe…
7 Sep 2020

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The MoneyWeek Podcast: It's all gone V-shaped
Global Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: It's all gone V-shaped

Merryn and John talk about the craziness of the tech-stock bubble, the Fed's change of tack from inflation to employment, and the emergence of what is…
4 Sep 2020
Offices are empty – but they’re not doomed
Property

Offices are empty – but they’re not doomed

The sudden shift to working from home has left some 75% of office buildings empty. But reports of the commercial property sector's death may be premat…
4 Sep 2020
Rolls-Royce falls to huge loss
UK stockmarkets

Rolls-Royce falls to huge loss

Aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce recorded a £5.4bn half-year loss as the collapse in air travel wiped out demand for its engines.
3 Sep 2020
George Magnus: financial repression and inflation – the only way out
Global Economy

George Magnus: financial repression and inflation – the only way out

There are very few ways to get out of the debt hole we have dug, economist and author George Magnus tells Merryn, and inflation is one of the most lik…
28 Aug 2020
The race for a coronavirus vaccine heats up
Biotech stocks

The race for a coronavirus vaccine heats up

Biotech shares, led by AstraZeneca, are lifted in the race to come up with a coronavirus vaccine.
28 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
“Quarantine roulette” brings more woes for troubled airlines
UK stockmarkets

“Quarantine roulette” brings more woes for troubled airlines

Sudden new travel restrictions are yet another headwind for the aviation and holiday sector. Most carriers have had to cut capacity. Alex Rankine repo…
21 Aug 2020
Helen Thomas: how Covid and the “velocity of people” will shape our economic future
Global Economy

Helen Thomas: how Covid and the “velocity of people” will shape our economic future

John talks to Helen Thomas of Blonde Money about how the economy is shifting to the new, post-Covid reality – and how our children will pay for it all…
19 Aug 2020
Should you take advantage of the UK’s new breed of domestic holidaymakers?
Buy to let

Should you take advantage of the UK’s new breed of domestic holidaymakers?

With Britons choosing to holiday in the UK this year, the owners of the country’s holiday cottages are cleaning up. Should you buy in, too? Merryn? So…
10 Aug 2020
UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?
House prices

UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?

Despite the pandemic, UK house prices have hit a new high. John Stepek looks at what’s driving the surge in prices, and what it means for house prices…
7 Aug 2020
Covid-19 sees a surge in early retirement
Pensions

Covid-19 sees a surge in early retirement

The number of people taking early retirement has risen by more than ever before, says the ONS – in part because of problems in the labour market cause…
7 Aug 2020
HSBC finds itself in eye of the storm
Bank stocks

HSBC finds itself in eye of the storm

HSBC, the global banking giant, is the worst hit of the high-street banks in Britain and is facing trouble elsewhere too. Matthew Partridge reports
6 Aug 2020
Will insurers cough up over Covid?
Small business

Will insurers cough up over Covid?

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses should hear in September whether their insurers are legally bound to pay out on business interruption polici…
3 Aug 2020
Gold proves its worth
UK Economy

Gold proves its worth

The pandemic has been good for gold. And, while you must keep holding gold (inflation is coming), you must not ignore the return of our old lives, say…
30 Jul 2020
Gold bugs' dreams are coming true – but we could still see a V-shaped recovery
Gold

Gold bugs' dreams are coming true – but we could still see a V-shaped recovery

John and Merryn talk about how it's perfectly reasonable to expect a V-shaped recovery and to continue holding gold as well. Plus, inflation, staycati…
30 Jul 2020