UK Economy

Quantitative easing: too much of a good thing
Mervyn King
UK Economy

Quantitative easing: too much of a good thing

The Bank of England is addicted to quantitative easing (QE), the House of Lords has warned. What does that mean for investors?
26 Jul 2021
The myth of hypothecated taxes
Boris Johnson
Tax

The myth of hypothecated taxes

The government wants to add a penny on our National Insurance contributions to pay for social care. But it won’t, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It will j…
23 Jul 2021
Lockdown Day saw the market hit rock bottom – could Freedom Day mark a top?
Freedom day clubbers
UK stockmarkets

Lockdown Day saw the market hit rock bottom – could Freedom Day mark a top?

When the UK locked down against Covid, markets plunged, but recovered quickly. Could England’s removal of restrictions mark the market top, asks John …
19 Jul 2021
Why companies should stay out of the residential lettings market
People coming out of John Lewis
UK Economy

Why companies should stay out of the residential lettings market

Companies, such as Lloyds Bank and John Lewis, who are looking to muscle in on the residential lettings market should think twice, says Matthew Lynn
18 Jul 2021
Why the UK's 2.5% inflation is a big deal
Fans in flags outside the London Olympics
Inflation

Why the UK's 2.5% inflation is a big deal

After years of inflation being a financial-assets problem, it is now an “ordinary things” problem too, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But central banks st…
16 Jul 2021
UK inflation hits three-year high as economy opens up
Inflation

UK inflation hits three-year high as economy opens up

UK inflation hit 2.5% in June – the highest since August 2018. Saloni Sardana looks at what's behind the rise and what it means for interest rates.
14 Jul 2021
How to revive Britain's flagging stockmarket
UK stockmarkets

How to revive Britain's flagging stockmarket

The financial regulator is proposing new rules to raise the number of firms going public. It should be more radical, says Matthew Lynn.
11 Jul 2021
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Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?
Inflation

Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?

Investors are getting spooked by the prospect of rising prices. But how much of a threat is that really? Simon Wilson reports
10 Jul 2021
It’s a tug of war between reflation and deflation – who will win?
Inflation

It’s a tug of war between reflation and deflation – who will win?

Markets are conflicted – half believe inflation won't take off, and half think we’re in for some serious inflation. One of these views is wrong, says …
8 Jul 2021
It’s time to worry about inflation
UK Economy

It’s time to worry about inflation

The Bank of England’s outgoing chief economist, Andy Haldane, tells Merryn Somerset Webb why rising prices may prove more durable than everyone expect…
2 Jul 2021
Markets eye a new phase of the post-pandemic recovery
Economy

Markets eye a new phase of the post-pandemic recovery

Economic growth may have passed its high point for this cycle, and earnings growth may have peaked, too.
2 Jul 2021
Five ways to build Britain's post-pandemic economy
UK Economy

Five ways to build Britain's post-pandemic economy

In Sajid Javid we have a health secretary who cares about livelihoods. This is what he should do, says Matthew Lynn.
2 Jul 2021
Is it time to go back to the office?
UK Economy

Is it time to go back to the office?

There's a lot to be said for working from home, but the office has plenty going for it too. And it might not be too long before we're all back, says M…
2 Jul 2021
What will pop the UK's house price bubble?
Property

What will pop the UK's house price bubble?

UK house prices are rising at their fastest rate since 2004. And there’s just one thing that can burst the bubble. John Stepek explains what it is.
29 Jun 2021
Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?
UK Economy

Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?

Working parents who have to pay for care for their children will know that it costs a lot of money. Indeed, it costs more here than anywhere else in t…
26 Jun 2021
Inflation is coming, says the Bank of England – but don't expect us to react
Inflation

Inflation is coming, says the Bank of England – but don't expect us to react

The Bank of England is confident we’ll see inflation, but says it’s going to keep interest rates where they are and carry on printing money. John Ste…
25 Jun 2021
Andy Haldane: bitcoin as money is a fanciful idea that should fill us with horror
Bitcoin & crypto

Andy Haldane: bitcoin as money is a fanciful idea that should fill us with horror

Andy Haldane, the Bank of England's outgoing chief economist, tells Merryn why he isn't a fan of bitcoin as money; why the BoE is actively considering…
25 Jun 2021
Government support schemes for Covid-hit businesses are coming to an end
Small business

Government support schemes for Covid-hit businesses are coming to an end

Government support schemes to bolster business through the pandemic are ending, despite the extended lockdown
25 Jun 2021
Beware: the government could come for your pension assets
Investment strategy

Beware: the government could come for your pension assets

The government desperately needs to find a pile of cash to pay for its massive debt. And there's a very attractive-looking one sitting in your pension…
25 Jun 2021
Why the government's coronavirus support measures need to change
UK Economy

Why the government's coronavirus support measures need to change

Matthew Lynn proposes three ways for the government to help the economy get through lockdown extra time.
20 Jun 2021
Two of the biggest risks to the “Roaring 2020s” scenario
Global Economy

Two of the biggest risks to the “Roaring 2020s” scenario

A lot of people – including us – are expecting an inflationary boom as we all emerge from lockdown to spend, spend, spend. But there are a couple of t…
15 Jun 2021
The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages
UK Economy

The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages

The UK's businesses are suffering from a shortage of staff. If they want to fix that, they'll have to do the one thing they really hate: raise wages
10 Jun 2021