Economy

Chart of the week: Britain’s tax burden

When it comes to taxation, our approach resembles our geography: we are somewhere between Europe and the US, and this chart shows.

US sprints ahead in stocks race – but its laces are undone

American equities have surged ahead, but a strong dollar could trip up US stocks in the long run.

Georgia’s glittering prospects

Countries in eastern Europe are rarely thought of as free-market paragons. But Georgia is a surprisingly dynamic and liberal economy.

Turkey’s coming default will shake the world

The emerging market may not seem like a significant player in the global economy, but if it reneges on its debt, that could have huge repercussions. John Stepek reports.

Elon Musk is hurting capitalism

For capitalism to thrive, there needs to be a strong shareholder base of ordinary investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Taking Tesla private sends the wrong signal.

What are the odds on the ideal outcome for UK house prices?

Stagnation or a gentle decline in house prices is the best-case scenario for the property market. John Stepek explains why, and looks at whether we’re likely to get it.

The economics of putting on an Edinburgh Fringe show

The Edinburgh Fringe may be a barrel of laughs, but the economics of putting on a show is serious business. Fringe performer Dominic Frisby counts the pennies.

What do Turkey, Italian debt and falling global house prices have in common?

For all their rhetoric, populists from Italy’s Matteo Salvini to Turkey’s President Erdogan will discover to their cost that they can’t fight the market. John Stepek explains what that will mean for your money.

Turkey is just the canary in the coal mine

Turkey’s President Erdogan is pointing fingers for the collapse of the lira. But Turkey was never a target, says John Stepek. Rather, it is a victim of a changing economic environment.

The business of giving stuff away

Fidelity has introduced two tracker funds with no fees at all. Other industries will adopt a similar model. But how can you make a profit when the price of your product has fallen to zero?

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