UK economy

How the shadow economy moves markets

Exchanges taking place under the official radar may seem harmless, but they can have big effects on the wider economy. Investors should pay attention, says Jonathan Compton.

Navigating the weird world of negative interest rates

Investors are paying good money to be allowed to lend money to governments across the world. What on earth is going on, and what does it mean for your money? John Stepek reports.

A beginner’s guide to Adam Smith, part II

Ahead of his talk on Adam Smith at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dominic Frisby looks at some of the great economist’s bright ideas.

How negative interest rates could spell the death of cash

In the topsy turvy world of negative interest rates, the pound in your pocket undergoes a bizarre change. John Stepek explains what that means for investors.

Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit?

Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, has told MPs that they can’t block a no-deal Brexit.

Why we need an honest taxation policy

Our tax system has become complicated and bloated. Trimming it would make it easier to understand, and boost the economy.

The prime minister’s big gamble

The prime minister says he’s ready to bet on a no-deal Brexit. He might prefer an election.

Sterling weakness and a lack of faith in the Bank of England

Since Boris Johnson became prime minister and promised to leave the EU, deal or no deal, the pound has fallen around 3% against the US dollar. But sterling’s weakness is not all about Brexit.

How the free market created the greatest arts festival in the world

Dominic Frisby explains how the Edinburgh Festival Fringe grew in a manner Adam Smith would be proud of into the biggest arts festival in the world.

How Brexit will save the United Kingdom

Leaving the EU should strengthen the United Kingdom – a multinational union Europe can only aspire to. Alex Carew, a London-based fund manager and economic historian, explains how.

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