Economy

Tax calculator: how the Conservatives’ tax proposals affect you

Nimesh Shah, partner at accountants and tax consultants Blick Rothenberg, outlines the proposals in the Conservative manifesto for personal, business and property taxes, and explains how they might affect you.

Yet more fiscal stimulus announced in Japan

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced a ¥13.2trn fiscal package to repair damage caused by October’s Typhoon, put new digital technology into schools and reward shoppers for spending money.

EU throws green spanner in the works of global trade

Europe has big plans for the environment – but making them work without damaging world trade will be a challenge.

Britain is actually in pretty good shape

The UK may have its problems, but not nearly as many as people seem to think, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It’s inflation or bust as far as the Federal Reserve is concerned

The US Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates at its latest meeting, preferring to wait until inflation really takes off. John Stepek explains what that means for the dollar, the wider markets, and for your money.

Money Minute Thursday 12 December: the most important election of the century so far

There’s only one story in today’s Money Minute – it’s the day Britain goes to the polls in the most important election of the century so far.

Money Minute Wednesday 11 December: all eyes on America's central bank

Today the focus will be on the Federal Reserve which announces its latest decision on US interest rates.

Betting on politics: some safe Labour bets

Matthew Partridge outlines a few flutters on what should be safe Labour seats in the general election.

Chart of the week: avocados and bitcoin are in sync

An amusing new spurious correlation has been spotted between the price of bitcoin and Mexican Hass avocados. In reality, of course, they have nothing to do with each other beyond “superficial price action”.

How to plan for the general election result

John Stepek looks at the potential outcomes of Thursday’s general election and explains what each would mean for markets – and what you can do to protect your wealth.

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