UK economy

Unreliable central bankers are leaving investors bamboozled

Central bankers have huge influence on the markets. But their lack of conviction is leaving investors unsure about what to expect, says John Stepek.

Chart of the week: the stroll of the makers

George Osborne’s widely trumpeted “march of the makers” a few years ago turned out to be a “gentle stroll”. And an upturn in UK manufacturing output in 2014 faltered, too.

Duck the buy-to-let tax change

Using a limited company means higher-rate taxpayers can still get full tax relief on mortgage interest, says Emma Lunn.

CYBG's big bid for Virgin Money

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank is aiming to snap up Virgin Money. Will the merged firm be more of a threat to the big banks? Alice Gråhns reports.

Stop building on England’s green and pleasant land

Theresa May recently announced a major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework to “deliver the homes the country needs”. If only it were that simple, says Emily Hohler.

Reasonable ideas and unkeepable promises

Making the over-65s pay national insurance is a sensible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Promising the young a £10,000 lump sum isn’t.

The weakest link in the UK housing market right now

With house prices down 3.1% in April, the UK housing market is looking weaker than it has for a long time. John Stepek explains why, and asks what’s next.

Theresa May’s Brexit is like “being trapped on a burning platform”

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock explains why is his preferred option for Brexit is a deal that keeps the UK in the EEA.

Expect these five mega-deals next

The Sainsbury’s-Asda merger was a surprise, but the reasoning behind it is sound, says Matthew Lynn. More are on the way.

TSB’s computer meltdown

Five million TSB customers were locked out of their accounts after the bank botched an IT upgrade. The incident wasn’t the first banking IT fiasco, and it won’t be the last, says Ben Judge.

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