Economy

Why the best response to the financial crisis would have been a recession

The authorities’ response to the 2008 financial crisis may have ended up neutering capitalism – the greatest poverty destroying system ever.

Three ways to boost family businesses

Research shows that keeping a business in the family is good for profits. Matthew Lynn explains how to encourage more of it.

Carving up the Caspian Sea

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea, which is rich in fossil fuels, have just reached a deal trumpeted as a “regional constitution”. What now?

The charts that matter: Happy Lehman Brothers Day!

Ten years ago today, the financial crisis exploded onto the front pages. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to find out what, if anything, has changed since then.

Another crisis will be along soon enough

We can’t tell you exactly when the next crisis will be or what will cause it. But we can tell you for certain that there will be one.

Ten years on: why did Lehman Brothers go bust?

John Stepek examines why investment bank Lehman Brothers went bust ten years ago and asks: should it have been saved, and would things have been any different if it had?

Rising wages spell higher interest rates in the US

Higher wages are on the way in the US as the labour market keeps tightening. But upward pressure on wages implies upward pressure on inflation and higher interest rates to subdue it.

“Norway for now”: how we can avoid a botched Brexit

The government is making absurdly heavy weather of leaving the EU. Yet there is a straightforward solution hiding in plain sight. George Trefgarne explains.

Peter Schiff: the buck is heading for bust

America is slipping into a recession and yet everybody is blind to it.

Betting on politics: the senatorial contest in West Virginia

Senator Joe Manchin will have a tough fight on his hands if he wants to get re-elected, says Matthew Partridge.

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