UK Economy

Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now
Property

Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now

The government is to extend to the stamp duty holiday by three months. Good for today’s buyers, says Nicole Garcia Merida, but what happens in June?
26 Feb 2021
The Great Reset: a fresh start or yet another assault on freedom?
Global Economy

The Great Reset: a fresh start or yet another assault on freedom?

The World Economic Forum’s latest big idea is being trumpeted as a new beginning for the global economy. Yet in truth there is nothing new about it – …
26 Feb 2021
23 February 1820: the Cato Street Conspiracy unravels
This day in history

23 February 1820: the Cato Street Conspiracy unravels

The Bow Street Runners burst in on the Cato Street conspirators, frustrating their plans to massacre the entire Cabinet, on this day in 1820.
23 Feb 2021
Four ways to boost Britain’s stricken economy
UK Economy

Four ways to boost Britain’s stricken economy

When lockdowns end, we will need a plan to get our businesses up and running again. Matthew Lynn outlines four urgently needed measures that the gover…
21 Feb 2021
Yet another big shake-up for the NHS – will this one do any good?
UK Economy

Yet another big shake-up for the NHS – will this one do any good?

The government plans to “take back control” of the health service, ending the market-based reforms and reintroducing central command and control. Is t…
20 Feb 2021
Will cost-cutting catalyse growth?
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Will cost-cutting catalyse growth?

Across a broad range of metrics, the UK market looks better value than it has for decades. Laura Foll, Co-Fund Manager of Lowland Investment Company, …
19 Feb 2021
LSE Group fights to stem the tide as share trading moves abroad
UK stockmarkets

LSE Group fights to stem the tide as share trading moves abroad

Some of the City’s share-trading business has moved to the EU and the US. But all is not lost for the London Stock Exchange.
18 Feb 2021
Decimalisation: Britain’s “new pence” turn 50 years old
UK Economy

Decimalisation: Britain’s “new pence” turn 50 years old

In 1971 the UK adopted a decimal currency. The shift was widely thought to be a step towards joining the Common Market, but there was more to it than …
15 Feb 2021
Can the government's proposals fix the residential cladding crisis?
Property

Can the government's proposals fix the residential cladding crisis?

In the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster, many homeowners have been left stuck with huge bills to make their properties safe. The government is stepp…
13 Feb 2021
Brexit: a bumpy beginning for small businesses exporting to the EU
Small business

Brexit: a bumpy beginning for small businesses exporting to the EU

Small businesses trading with the EU have struggled since the Uk officially left the EU at the turn of the year. David Prosser outlines the key proble…
12 Feb 2021
The house price boom of 2020 shows signs of slowing in 2021
House prices

The house price boom of 2020 shows signs of slowing in 2021

Last year’s big rises in UK house prices looks to be running out of steam, reports Nicole Garcia Merida – 2021 could see a very different picture.
12 Feb 2021
Why you don’t need to worry about the GDP figure, however ugly it is
UK Economy

Why you don’t need to worry about the GDP figure, however ugly it is

Last year, Britain saw the biggest drop in economic activity for 300 years. But as an investor, that doesn’t matter to you. John Stepek explains why –…
12 Feb 2021
Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?
UK Economy

Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?

The pandemic has put a huge hole in public finances – while bolstering many of the country's savings. Could one be used to bail out the other? Merryn …
11 Feb 2021
Markets are starting to bet on inflation returning – you should too
Inflation

Markets are starting to bet on inflation returning – you should too

Markets are preparing not just for a post-Covid “reflation” trade, but for the return of inflation – and financial repression. John Stepek explains wh…
10 Feb 2021
What we can learn from Britain’s surprise vaccine success story
UK Economy

What we can learn from Britain’s surprise vaccine success story

Britain’s response to Covid-19 has been wanting. But we should also learn from what we got right, says Matthew Lynn.
7 Feb 2021
Will interest rates go below zero?
UK Economy

Will interest rates go below zero?

The Bank of England has been looking into the idea of setting negative interest rates. Could it happen?
5 Feb 2021
Negative interest rates are highly unlikely in the UK – that’s good news for this investment
Bank stocks

Negative interest rates are highly unlikely in the UK – that’s good news for this investment

The Bank of England has been mulling negative interest rates over for a while now. But it’s unlikely to impose them, says John Stepek, Here’s why, and…
5 Feb 2021
History suggests we can expect a rapid recovery once Covid is beaten
UK Economy

History suggests we can expect a rapid recovery once Covid is beaten

The current pandemic-induced economic crisis isn’t like the financial crisis of 2008. They are very different things, says John Stepek. And the recove…
4 Feb 2021
More help for small businesses to deal with customers who pay late
Small business

More help for small businesses to deal with customers who pay late

The latest measures to tackle the problem of customer who don't settle their bills on time bode well for small businesses.
3 Feb 2021
3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech
This day in history

3 February 1960: Macmillan’s “wind of change” speech

Harold Macmillan gave his famous “wind of change” speech on his visit to Africa on this day in 1960, marking a change in Britain's colonial policy.
3 Feb 2021
Inflation is the only thing that can burst this bubble
Inflation

Inflation is the only thing that can burst this bubble

Markets are back on the rise, with signs of a bubble everywhere. And there’s just one thing that can pop it, says John Stepek – inflation. Here’s why.
2 Feb 2021
The rising stars of Aim, London's junior stockmarket
UK stockmarkets

The rising stars of Aim, London's junior stockmarket

Aim, the LSE’s junior market, may in time overtake the FTSE 100 as the benchmark of our new economy, says Matthew Lynn.
31 Jan 2021
Brexit sparks an exodus of artworks form the UK
Alternative investments

Brexit sparks an exodus of artworks form the UK

The last days of Britain's membership of the EU saw a rush to get artworks out of the country before the introduction of new export rules.
29 Jan 2021
House prices in the UK's biggest cities might be set to follow rents lower
House prices

House prices in the UK's biggest cities might be set to follow rents lower

As people leave Britain's cities – whether city-dwellers upsizing to the country or foreign workers returning home – property rents have fallen hard. …
29 Jan 2021