Economy

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what negative interest rates were, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

There’s been a lot of talk from the Bank of England recently about introducing “negative interest rates”. So what on earth are they, and what would th…
20 Oct 2020
20 October 1935: Mao’s Long March ends
Mao Zedong on what is thought to be the Long March
This day in history

20 October 1935: Mao’s Long March ends

Almost exactly a year after setting off, Mao Zedong and his army of communists arrived at the foot of the Great Wall of China on this day in 1935.
20 Oct 2020
Mukesh Ambani: the Indian billionaire eyeing global expansion
Mukesh Ambani © Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
People

Mukesh Ambani: the Indian billionaire eyeing global expansion

Mukesh Ambani is already the richest man in India by a large margin, but his ambitions do not end there. He wants India to be at the front of the worl…
19 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Cash machines
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England ©  Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Quiz of the week, 10-16 October
Global Economy

Quiz of the week, 10-16 October

Test your recollection of the events of the last seven days with MoneyWeek's quiz of the week.
16 Oct 2020
Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business
Small business

Last chance to secure a Bounce Back loan for your small business

The government’s Bounce Back loan scheme will only run for another six weeks. Act now if you need to take advantage of it.
16 Oct 2020

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A world drowning in debt
Global Economy

A world drowning in debt

The UK budget deficit is on course to hit £350bn, and America’s federal deficit has hit a record $3.1trn. But the debt surge is a truly global phenome…
16 Oct 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Negative interest rates, armed guards and a warehouse full of cash
Global Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Negative interest rates, armed guards and a warehouse full of cash

Merryn and John discuss the extraordinary idea of negative interest rates and explain why as far as they can see they just don't work. Plus, a genius …
15 Oct 2020
The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle
UK Economy

The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle

There isn’t much obvious upside to the Covid debacle. But perhaps there will be a long-term silver lining, in the form of a push for reform of the gov…
15 Oct 2020
What the race for the White House means for your money
US election

What the race for the White House means for your money

American voters are about to decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will take the oath of office on 20 January. Matthew Partridge explains how vario…
15 Oct 2020
What would negative interest rates mean for your money?
UK Economy

What would negative interest rates mean for your money?

There has been much talk of the Bank of England introducing negative interest rates. John Stepek explains why they might do that, and what it would me…
15 Oct 2020
Great frauds in history... John Factor’s penny-stock scams
People

Great frauds in history... John Factor’s penny-stock scams

John Factor sold worthless penny stocks through a boiler room operation, ramping the price via his financial newsletters. But he was never held to ac…
14 Oct 2020
Private vs public sector pay: who really gets more?
UK Economy

Private vs public sector pay: who really gets more?

The general consensus is that public sector pay is lower than in the private sector, but staff have better working conditions and job security. The re…
13 Oct 2020
Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions
Pensions

Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions

As more and more people lose their jobs to the pandemic and the lockdowns imposed to deal with it, there’s one bunch of people who won’t have to worry…
12 Oct 2020
SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses
Pensions

SSAS: how a niche pension product is bolstering small businesses

Small business owners struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are increasingly turning to a novel type of pension plan that gives them mu…
12 Oct 2020
Why the government shouldn't raise taxes
UK Economy

Why the government shouldn't raise taxes

Tackling our deficit with new levies would be economically and politically suicidal, says Max King.
12 Oct 2020
Why Britain should change its employment laws
UK Economy

Why Britain should change its employment laws

Home workers shouldn’t expect the same rights as those based in the office, says Matthew Lynn.
11 Oct 2020
The charts that matter: it’s all about the stimulus
Global Economy

The charts that matter: it’s all about the stimulus

John Stepek looks at how homes of a pre-election stimulus deal in the US have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
10 Oct 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: Lockdowns, layoffs and public-sector pensions
UK Economy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: Lockdowns, layoffs and public-sector pensions

Merryn and John discuss the effects of lockdowns on the economy, particularly on the private sector where already financially fragile workers are laid…
9 Oct 2020
Why the world is going through a property price boom
Property

Why the world is going through a property price boom

Massive monetary stimulus from central banks and governments stepping in with fiscal support have driven house prices higher around the world.
9 Oct 2020
V-shaped bounce in UK housing
Property

V-shaped bounce in UK housing

UK house prices rose 5% in the year to September, the biggest gain in four years.
9 Oct 2020