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Three things matter for the UK housing market now – and “location” isn’t one of them

The UK housing market is frozen. And when it does eventually thaw out, the traditional factors that drive prices will no longer apply. The day of reck…
1 Apr 2020
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UK Economy

How the coronavirus pandemic is killing cash

Covid-19 is making a huge difference to the way we live, work and do business. One of its less obvious effects, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is to accel…
31 Mar 2020
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Investment strategy

The MoneyWeek Podcast - Your questions answered

Merryn and John tackle some of the questions sent in by readers - including what they expect to happen to house prices; how much are dividends likely …
30 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

It’s not all doom and gloom

In some ways at least, there’s never been a better time to launch a start-up, says Matthew Lynn. The government should help.
29 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Debt jubilee: will our debts be written off?

The idea of a "debt jubilee" – general society-wide cancellation of debt – goes back to Biblical times. Could it happen again? And would it really do …
28 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch

The chancellor’s £6.5bn bailout of the self employed is welcome. But it has hidden benefits for the taxman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Could universal basic income save the world?

Long touted as a simple solution to the complex problems that arise in capitalist societies, universal basic income is having another moment in the sp…
26 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees

The government has acted swiftly to protect the earnings of those in employment, But the self-employed deserve help too. Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
25 Mar 2020

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Pensions

Tinkering with the pensions tapering system

The problems caused by the annual pension contribution allowance have been partially addressed, says David Prosser.
24 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Three tasks for Andrew Bailey, the new governor of the Bank of England

As Andrew Bailey takes over as governor of the Bank of England, he should be thinking about more than just viruses, says Matthew Lynn.
22 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

The biggest bailout in history?

The massive economic shock caused by the coronavirus is forcing governments to take radical action. So what is our government doing and how does it co…
21 Mar 2020
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UK stockmarkets

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the high street

Covid-19 is making life even more difficult for retailers and could deal a fatal blow to the weaker operators.
19 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

The Bank of England chucks the kitchen sink at coronavirus

The Bank of England has cut the UK’s key interest rate to just 0.1%, making it very clear that it really will do “whatever it takes”.
19 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Sunak’s Budget: good, but short-term measures must be temporary

Rishi Sunak’s Budget contained some well thought-out support policies. But, with policies introduced in times of crisis hard to back out of, we must e…
16 Mar 2020
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UK stockmarkets

The FTSE 100 doesn’t need its retailers

Retailers are falling out of Britain’s index of leading shares – the latest FTSE 100 reshuffle left just four. But that may be no bad thing, says Matt…
15 Mar 2020
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Budget

How Rishi Sunak's bumper giveaway Budget affects you

In his first Budget, Rishi Sunak was in a generous mood, pledging billions to counter coronavirus, plus money for business, infrastructure, and educat…
12 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Exceptional measures don't come cheap

Rishi Sunak promised so much in his Budget that's its impossible to tot up just how much it will all cost. That is not a good thing, says Merryn Somer…
12 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Interest-rate cut: here’s what the Bank of England is doing to tackle coronavirus

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by 0.5 percentage points to just 0.25%. John Stepek explains how this could help tide the economy over the …
11 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Why retailing is not dead yet

Some shop owners have stopped complaining and started innovating. That may yet save our high street.
8 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Does Britain need more runways?

MPs thought Heathrow needed a new runway and voted for one; the Supreme Court has now scotched the idea. But there are other ways to increase airport …
7 Mar 2020
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UK Economy

Coronavirus is the ideal excuse for governments to blow the budget

The world's current governments didn't really need an excuse to go on a spending spree. But in the coronavirus epidemic, they've now got one. Expect t…
5 Mar 2020
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Budget

Should we replace entrepreneurs’ tax perks with employee ownership?

The chancellor could well abolish entrepreneurs’ relief in the Budget. We could use some of the tax savings to create more worker-owned businesses, sa…
5 Mar 2020
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Self employed tax

A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020