UK Economy

How to prepare your business for Brexit
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Small business

How to prepare your business for Brexit

Whether we have a Brexit deal or not, new procedures for importers and exporters will apply from 1 January. Get your business ready now.
27 Nov 2020
Are central banks about to start targeting house prices?
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House prices

Are central banks about to start targeting house prices?

New Zealand’s finance minister has suggested expanding the remit of its central bank to include an oversight of house prices. John Stepek explains why…
27 Nov 2020
27 November 1967: Charles de Gaulle vetoes Britain's entry to the EEC
Charles De Gaulle in Montreal
This day in history

27 November 1967: Charles de Gaulle vetoes Britain's entry to the EEC

On this day in 1967, French president Charles de Gaulle vetoed Britain's attempt to join the European Economic Community, claiming Britain didn’t agre…
27 Nov 2020
The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been

If you listened to Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review, you might be feeling a little down. But don't worry too much. Things might not be anywhere near as b…
26 Nov 2020
Was lockdown worth the cost?
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UK Economy

Was lockdown worth the cost?

The government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has left us with a bill of at least £400bn. Has it been money well spent?
26 Nov 2020
What to buy as the pandemic’s pent-up demand is finally released
UK Economy

What to buy as the pandemic’s pent-up demand is finally released

As economies reopen, says Merryn Somerset Webb, people are going to start spending again. And when they do, here’s what you want to be holding.
23 Nov 2020
Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape
Global Economy

Asia's RCEP: free trade without the red tape

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Asia's new trading block, shows that it is possible to create large single markets without making …
22 Nov 2020
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How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy
UK Economy

How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy

All this stimulus has to be paid for – whether through inflation, tax rises, or financial repression. It's going to be an uncomfortable experience, sa…
19 Nov 2020
Rishi Sunak's multibillion-pound tax raid
UK Economy

Rishi Sunak's multibillion-pound tax raid

Rishi Sunak is seeking to fill a £300bn-sized hole in the public books. Investors beware, says Emily Hohler
19 Nov 2020
19 November 1967: Harold Wilson’s ‘pound in your pocket’ little white lie
This day in history

19 November 1967: Harold Wilson’s ‘pound in your pocket’ little white lie

On this day in 1967, Harold Wilson went on television to reassure viewers that the “pound in the pocket” would be unaffected by the devaluation of ste…
19 Nov 2020
How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme
Small business

How to take advantage of the government's extended Job Retention Scheme

The government has reactivated its job-protection programme for small firms. David Prosser explains how it works.
13 Nov 2020
Sainsbury’s job cuts make business sense, but leave a sour taste
UK stockmarkets

Sainsbury’s job cuts make business sense, but leave a sour taste

The job cuts have left a sour taste as they have come with a dividend payout and follow a business-rates holiday. Matthew Partridge reports.
12 Nov 2020
We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties
UK Economy

We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties

There are still plenty of risks ahead, but if we get a vaccine by spring we could see a better-than-expected recovery as we reclaim the bits of our ol…
12 Nov 2020
The UK housing market is booming – here’s one thing that could slow it down
Property

The UK housing market is booming – here’s one thing that could slow it down

UK house prices continue their rise, with a big increase in activity. The boom may seem unstoppable, says John Stepek, but there is one thing that mig…
12 Nov 2020
Britain’s green revolution: can we become carbon neutral by 2050?
Renewables

Britain’s green revolution: can we become carbon neutral by 2050?

The prime minister is laying out plans that will see carbon emissions reduced to net zero by 2050. Do they make sense?
7 Nov 2020
Who is the Bank of England’s new £150bn of money printing really aimed at?
UK Economy

Who is the Bank of England’s new £150bn of money printing really aimed at?

The Bank of England has said it is to print a further £150bn to dampen the effects of the second lockdown on the economy. But there's more to it than …
5 Nov 2020
Why do house prices just keep marching higher?
House prices

Why do house prices just keep marching higher?

Other asset prices may be dropping off as the second wave of Covid hits. But house prices just keep on climbing. John Stepek looks at what’s behind t…
30 Oct 2020
Being unpopular can make life easier for companies – just ask BP and HSBC
Investment strategy

Being unpopular can make life easier for companies – just ask BP and HSBC

When you're as hated as banking and the oil sector, it doesn't take much to pull off a nice surprise. John Stepek explains what that means for investo…
27 Oct 2020
Is London’s office market a bargain?
Property

Is London’s office market a bargain?

Private-equity groups are swooping on London’s property companies, which are trading on steep discounts to net asset value.
23 Oct 2020
Big spending government is here to stay – just ask Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Big spending government is here to stay – just ask Rishi Sunak

Governments around the world are splashing huge amounts of cash as they do “whatever it takes” to prop up their economies. John Stepek looks at where …
23 Oct 2020
Why negative interest rates are a lousy idea
UK Economy

Why negative interest rates are a lousy idea

The Bank of England’s governor says negative interest rates can encourage investment rather than having cash stashed in the bank. But is that really t…
22 Oct 2020
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