Coronavirus

Post-Covid travel is now less testing as the rules get simpler
woman and child on a beach
Personal finance

Post-Covid travel is now less testing as the rules get simpler

With the scrapping of the amber and green travel lists, the rules governing re-entry to the UK have finally been simplified.
15 Oct 2021
Furlough is ending – will unemployment spike?
Barmaid pouring a pint
UK Economy

Furlough is ending – will unemployment spike?

The UK's Covid furlough scheme has drawn to a close. Saloni Sardana looks at how it might affect the economy.
1 Oct 2021
The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”
Boris Johnson playing Connect 4 with an old lady
National Insurance

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”

The government’s regressive social-care levy will make Britain’s tax system even more complex. Root-and-branch reform is long overdue.
18 Sep 2021
Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?
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UK Economy

Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?

It’s a tough job and pay has been squeezed for years. Brexit and the pandemic sent many workers home. Now we all face the consequences in the form of …
10 Sep 2021
What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!
Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid
UK Economy

What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!

The government is to fund social care costs by raising National Insurance contributions and adding a “health and social care levy”. John Stepek looks …
7 Sep 2021
Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy
Global Economy

Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy

Some countries, such as Australia, pursued a strategy of trying to completely suppress the spread of the coronavirus. Did it work? And what does it co…
21 Aug 2021
This growth scare will pass – but it might make the Fed stay its hand
Global Economy

This growth scare will pass – but it might make the Fed stay its hand

As the world continues to grapple with Covid-19, markets are starting to worry that "normal" might not return as soon as everyone hoped. John Stepek l…
20 Aug 2021
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Wages are soaring and job vacancies are at record levels – is inflation next?
Inflation

Wages are soaring and job vacancies are at record levels – is inflation next?

Wages in the UK are rising fast as the economy rebounds from the Covid recession. Will that drive inflation? John Stepek looks at what’s driving wages…
17 Aug 2021
Government launches final Covid support scheme for the self-employed
Small business

Government launches final Covid support scheme for the self-employed

A fifth and final round of the government’s aid scheme for the self-employed, with grants of up to £7,500, has been launched.
6 Aug 2021
AstraZeneca’s Covid troubles could see it pull out of making vaccines
Biotech stocks

AstraZeneca’s Covid troubles could see it pull out of making vaccines

AstraZeneca has suffered a series of setbacks with its Covid-19 jab and may exit the inoculation subsector altogether. Matthew Partridge reports
6 Aug 2021
Working from home? Make sure you claim everything you can
Tax

Working from home? Make sure you claim everything you can

People working from home can receive up to £140 a year in tax relief.
4 Aug 2021
The crisis brewing in emerging markets
Emerging markets

The crisis brewing in emerging markets

Covid-related political unrest and financial collapse in the developing world are the biggest threats right now, says Matthew Lynn.
25 Jul 2021
Can Latin America's economies recover from the pandemic?
Emerging markets

Can Latin America's economies recover from the pandemic?

Few places have suffered as much from the Covid-19 pandemic as Latin America. A sustained commodity rally could help.  
23 Jul 2021
Brian Pellegrini: why America isn't going back to work
Economy

Brian Pellegrini: why America isn't going back to work

Brian Pellegrini, founder of Intertemporal Economics, talks to Merryn about the post pandemic economy; why Americans aren't returning to work; plus in…
22 Jul 2021
Here’s what it’ll take for markets to stop worrying about Covid-19
Economy

Here’s what it’ll take for markets to stop worrying about Covid-19

The biggest driver of markets over the past 18 months has been fear of Covid-19. And right now it's back in the ascendancy, says John Stepek.
20 Jul 2021
Lockdown Day saw the market hit rock bottom – could Freedom Day mark a top?
UK stockmarkets

Lockdown Day saw the market hit rock bottom – could Freedom Day mark a top?

When the UK locked down against Covid, markets plunged, but recovered quickly. Could England’s removal of restrictions mark the market top, asks John …
19 Jul 2021
Is Covid’s Delta variant putting pressure on Europe’s economic recovery?
Economy

Is Covid’s Delta variant putting pressure on Europe’s economic recovery?

Just as Europe was beginning to open up after months of Covid restrictions, the Delta variant is bringing a third wave of infections. Saloni Sardana l…
13 Jul 2021
Niall Ferguson: why we'll never be prepared for disaster
Economy

Niall Ferguson: why we'll never be prepared for disaster

Professor Niall Ferguson talks to Merryn about the nature of catastrophe and disaster; why we should perhaps stop worrying about Covid and start worry…
9 Jul 2021
How to pay for the pandemic
Global Economy

How to pay for the pandemic

Covid-19 has proved extremely expensive. It’s time to consider fresh sources of government revenue, says Edward Chancellor
9 Jul 2021
Five ways to build Britain's post-pandemic economy
UK Economy

Five ways to build Britain's post-pandemic economy

In Sajid Javid we have a health secretary who cares about livelihoods. This is what he should do, says Matthew Lynn.
2 Jul 2021
Inflation? A Covid relapse? Markets are trying to work out what’s coming next
Stockmarkets

Inflation? A Covid relapse? Markets are trying to work out what’s coming next

Markets have rebounded on the belief that the post-pandemic recovery is real. But things are still very uncertain. Will we see more lockdowns? Persist…
30 Jun 2021
Government support schemes for Covid-hit businesses are coming to an end
Small business

Government support schemes for Covid-hit businesses are coming to an end

Government support schemes to bolster business through the pandemic are ending, despite the extended lockdown
25 Jun 2021