Economy

Italy stands up to the EU

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister and leader of the Northern League © Alamy

Italy is defying the EU over public spending. But this time, the markets won’t come to Brussels’ aid. That’s going to be a big problem for the EU.

Land value tax: the least-bad tax

Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, MoneyWeek and the Labour Party are all fans of a land value tax. But what exactly is it and how would it work? Simon Wilson reports.

The charts that matter: is there one last gasp left in the bull market?

John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to if they can shed any light on the direction of the world’s markets.

How the Budget affects SMEs

Monday’s Budget, though not quite as dramatic as some expected, contained several measures that are relevant to small businesses.

Paul Volcker: the US is in a "hell of a mess"

Paul Volcker, former chair of America’s central bank, isn’t happy about the state of the USA.

Markets slump as the central bank liquidity flood recedes

As central-bank largesse comes to an end, stocks are starting to look very highly valued indeed. Marina Gerner reports.

Austerity may be ending, but we still have huge debts to pay off

The chancellor tried to present a cheerful picture of Britain’s finances in his budget speech this week, says John Stepek. But the national debt hasn’t gone away – and we have a hunch about who’ll have to pay for it.

The national debt really does matter

From the Budget, you’d think Britain’s growing national debt won’t have any consequences, says Merryn Somerset Webb – despite history suggesting otherwise.

The message from the Budget: this one’s for the little people

The Budget contained very little of interest, says John Stepek. But it did point to where we’re heading politically – and that’s in a direction that should worry investors.

Pensions are for your retirement, not for a rainy day

The point of saving into a pension is that you can’t get the money until you retire. The chancellor should resist the temptation to relax the rules on early access.

Here’s what to expect from today’s Budget

John Stepek gives a rundown on Philip Hammond’s Budget later today, and how it might affect your pocket.

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