UK economy

Britain must stop flipping housing ministers

The problems with the UK housing market are deeply entrenched, says Dominic Frisby. But there is still hope. Let’s hope the new housing minister is up to the job.

Ignore the political noise over Brexit – this is just business as usual

It’s a busy time in politics, with ministers flouncing out over plans for a soft Brexit. But it’s nothing to worry about, says John Stepek. Just business as usual.

The trouble with co-ops

Co-ops have been hailed as a model for a fairer capitalism. But they remain unpopular for a reason, says Matthew Lynn.

University dons are getting a good pensions deal

Universities are converting from final-salary to defined-contribution pension schemes. Academics should be grateful, says Max King.

May to force decision on trade

Even if the PM manages to unite her Cabinet, will the EU agree to her deal? Emily Hohler reports.

Universal credit and the Tories’ stumbling welfare reforms

The UK’s public auditor has slammed the shambolic introduction of universal credit, and the government’s own fiscal watchdog says its benefits are dubious. Simon Wilson reports.

End Britain's love affair with bricks and mortar

We should limit housing’s appeal as a speculative asset in favour of more productive investments, says John Stepek.

The insurgency brands shaking the FTSE giants

It’s not just banks and media firms facing disruption – big consumer brands are in trouble, too, says Matthew Lynn.

Believe it or not, UK interest rates “should” be around 3% right now

Interest rates in Britain should be much higher than they are now, says John Stepek. But these are strange times – don’t expect things to stay as they are.

The good times are over for UK housebuilders

Housebuilders have been a good bet for investors, says John Stepek, but now the housing market is slowing. It could be time for investors to seek shelter.

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