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UK Economy

How the BBC can survive the end of the TV licence

Th TV licence that funds the BBC is looking way past its sell-by date, says Matthew Lynn. Here's how it could survive without it
16 Feb 2020
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UK Economy

Britain has a new chancellor – get ready for a major spending splurge

The departure of Sajid Javid as chancellor and the appointment of Rishi Sunak marks a change in the style of our politics. John Stepek explains what's…
14 Feb 2020
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Brexit

Winners and losers from a hard Brexit

Our exit from the EU is likely to be of the hard variety, says Matthew Lynn. Investors should back the industries that will flourish
9 Feb 2020
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Brexit

Will Britain close its doors to immigrants post-Brexit?

Details have not yet been forthcoming, but Britain will soon have a new immigration policy. What will that mean for businesses and investors?
8 Feb 2020
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House prices

Is the jump in house prices just a Brexit bounce, or is it more durable?

UK house prices rose sharply in January. Some of that is down to the end of Brexit uncertainty – but not all. There is a real risk that prices will ke…
7 Feb 2020
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UK Economy

We're near the tipping point for electric cars

Demand for electric cars is soaring soared. And while the switchover will be expensive, we could be near a tipping point.
6 Feb 2020
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Brexit

Brexit begins: what do the UK and the EU want from a trade deal?

With Brexit now done, the trade talks can begin. But who wants what from a UK/EU trade deal, and how likely are they to get it?
3 Feb 2020
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UK Economy

The uncertain fate of HS2 – the case for and against

The prime minister is due to decide whether to go ahead with the controversial high-speed rail link from London to the north. What is he likely to dec…
1 Feb 2020

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Brexit

Brexit Day: what does Britain leaving the EU mean for your money?

As Britain finally leaves the EU, John Stepek looks at what the future might hold, and how it will affect your investments.
31 Jan 2020
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House prices

House prices have had a relatively quiet decade

It may surprise you to learn that house prices in Wales, Scotland and the north of England are actually more affordable than at the end of 2009.
30 Jan 2020
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Brexit

Boris Johnson’s big Brexit plan

The prime minister needs to get Brexit done, and get the economy growing – particularly for first-time Tory voters. Can he manage all that while negot…
30 Jan 2020
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Brexit

What leaving the EU means for your money

We’ve finally left the European Union. It may seem like nothing has changed, but investors need to look at what it means for their portfolio right now…
30 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Carney leaves the Bank of England, not with a bang, but a whimper

In Mark Carney's final rate-setting meeting as governor of the Bank of England, the Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep interest rates where t…
30 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Money Minute Thursday 30 January: will the Bank of England cut interest rates?

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to the Bank of England's decision on interest rates - where the policy committee remains split on whether to cut or n…
30 Jan 2020
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House prices

Like it or not, UK house prices appear to be rallying

The UK housing market seems to be perking up. But that may not be a good thing, says John Stepek.
29 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

The coming crisis at the BBC

The BBC’s chief has quit ahead of what promises to be years of turmoil and conflict with a hostile government. Will the licence fee survive?
25 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

The Boris Bounce might stop the Bank of England from cutting rates

The latest snapshot of UK economic activity has sparked a bout of inflationary talk, with both manufacturing and service sectors in ruder health than …
24 Jan 2020
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Economy

Money Minute Friday 24 January: the key to UK interest-rate cuts

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to the release of data that could hold the key to UK interest rates cuts. 
24 Jan 2020
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Economy

Money Minute Wednesday 22 January: UK public borrowing

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to the latest on of the UK's public finances, with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts for borrowing thi…
22 Jan 2020
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Economy

Money Minute Tuesday 21 January: UK labour market data

In today's Money Minute we get the latest unemployment figures for the UK, plus wage growth data and a host of company updates.
21 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Take a punt against businesses with Remainer CEOs

Prominent EU supporters’ faulty reasoning is a liability for their businesses, says Matthew Lynn. Sell their shares short.
19 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Dominic Cummings: the "weirdos" take back control

The prime minister’s special adviser is planning big changes in the way the government machine works. What can we expect? Simon Wilson reports.
18 Jan 2020
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House prices

UK house prices may be heading for a Boris bounce

The latest survey of estate agents and surveyors from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is "unambiguously positive" – suggesting house pric…
16 Jan 2020
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Property

Are UK house prices really on the rebound?

The latest house price data from the Office for National Statistics paint a picture of a housing market that is showing signs of rallying. That's not …
15 Jan 2020
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Economy

Weak inflation data may gives the Bank of England an excuse to cut rates

UK inflation is edging lower, and is now well below the Bank of England’s 2% target rate. That could mean even lower interest rates. Here's why. 
15 Jan 2020
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Economy

Four ways to shape post-Brexit Britain

One part of the Brexit debate is thankfully over. A more important one must now begin, says Matthew Lynn. How to build a post-Brexit Britain.
22 Dec 2019
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Economy

How to solve Britain’s crippling housing crisis

Apart from Brexit, housing is the most pressing issue facing the incoming government. A new book explains what it should do. Max King reports.
18 Dec 2019
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UK stockmarkets

Don’t bet on a stellar 2020 for the pound – but UK stocks should do fine

With the dust starting to settle after the general election, John Stepek looks at what the new Tory government might mean for your investments.
17 Dec 2019
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Stockmarkets

Why you should own UK stocks – and what to buy

The UK’s stockmarkets are unusually cheap compared with the rest of the world. If you don’t have substantial holdings in UK stocks, you should, says M…
16 Dec 2019
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Economy

Currency Corner: what the Tory landslide means for the pound

Sterling loved the Conservative election victory. In this week#s Currency Corner, Dominic Frisby looks at just how high the pound could go next.
13 Dec 2019
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Economy

Why the Conservative victory is good news for investors

The Conservatives' election victory is a big deal, says John Stepek. Markets have bounced and the pound has surged. Here's what it all means for the e…
13 Dec 2019
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Economy

Britain is actually in pretty good shape

The UK may have its problems, but not nearly as many as people seem to think, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
12 Dec 2019
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Economy

What are the best ways of raising more money in tax?

Given that whoever wins next week's election will be going on a massive spending spree, we're going to need to raise at least some of that money throu…
5 Dec 2019
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Economy

What level of income really makes you “rich”?

The one-percent club may not be quite as exclusive as you think, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Many people can drift in and out throughout their lives.
2 Dec 2019
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Economy

The political battle over the NHS

Politicians seeking votes are promising ever more money for the NHS. But there may be better ways to rescue the service from its decline.
30 Nov 2019
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Spread betting

Betting on politics: don't put your money on the SNP

Scottish voters are strongly opposed to another independence referendum, says Matthew Partridge. That opens up a few tasty punts against he SNP.
29 Nov 2019
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Economy

We've got plenty of taxation – but not much representation

The last century has seen government proliferate to unprecedented levels. The state now owns as much of a worker’s labour as a feudal lord, says Domin…
29 Nov 2019
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Stockmarkets

UK stocks prepare for a "Boris bounce"

UK stocks could be in line for a bounce if the election result reduces political uncertainty.
29 Nov 2019
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House prices

House prices are still far too high – but things are improving slowly

UK house prices crept higher in November, with the strongest growth since April. But the drift towards greater affordability in Britain’s most dangero…
29 Nov 2019
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Economy

The productivity puzzle: is Britain stuck in a rut?

Growth in output per worker is vital to the wealth of nations. Since the financial crisis, Britain has consistently fallen behind on this score. Why? …
28 Nov 2019
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Economy

What last night’s big opinion poll tells us about the pound

The poll that accurately predicted the result of the last general election is suggesting a solid result for the Conservatives this time around. John S…
28 Nov 2019
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Tax

Labour’s tax proposals and what they mean for your money

Nimesh Shah, partner at accountants and tax consultants Blick Rothenberg, outlines the Labour Party's tax proposals, and explains how they might affec…
27 Nov 2019
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Economy

Britain’s welcome new immigration system

Soon we’re likely to accept immigrants only if they have the right skills. That would be a good move, says Matthew Lynn.
24 Nov 2019
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UK Economy

Labour's plan to bring full-fibre broadband to the whole country

Labour has a plan to bring full-fibre broadband to all of Britain's homes and businesses. But will it work, and how much will it cost?
23 Nov 2019
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Stocks and shares

Easyjet profits fall as it bids to become the world’s first “zero carbon” airline

EasyJet reported a fall in profits today, after a “difficult” year, but is hoping to become the first “zero carbon” airline by offsetting its carbon e…
19 Nov 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Tuesday 19 November: company results and the election debate

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to company results from EasyJet and AO World, plus the televised debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson.
19 Nov 2019
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Property

Sellers pull out of the property market ahead of the Christmas election

The number of people putting their house on the market has seen its biggest fall for over ten years, as the housing market continues to cool.
18 Nov 2019
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Economy

Don’t squeeze our entrepreneurs with higher taxes

Britain’s entrepreneurs and business innovators get generous tax breaks. They should keep getting them.
17 Nov 2019
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Economy

Tories and Labour turn on the spending taps

Austerity is officially over as both parties have outlined lavish spending plans. Overseas, too, spending and borrowing are back in fashion. Will the …
16 Nov 2019