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Investors beware: inflation will return
Inflation

Investors beware: inflation will return

Central bankers have unleashed unprecedented monetary stimulus in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the moment inflation is quiescent. But that w…
26 Jun 2020
How coronavirus is killing off the theatre
UK Economy

How coronavirus is killing off the theatre

The performing arts have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and recovery is nowhere in sight. Yet the creative industries are an essential part o…
20 Jun 2020
Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse
UK Economy

Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse

Everyone wants a bailout. Not everyone will get one, but many will. So how do we go about paying for it all? A minimum tax rate on earned and unearned…
18 Jun 2020
A year’s worth of inflation in a single month
Inflation

A year’s worth of inflation in a single month

A recent study suggests inflation could be a much bigger problem than many people think. Markets are certainly not pricing it in. John Stepek explains…
18 Jun 2020
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Boris Johnson’s big Brexit plan
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…
15 Jun 2020
What leaving the EU means for your money
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…
15 Jun 2020
Britain's housing market may avoid a nasty crash
Property

Britain's housing market may avoid a nasty crash

UK house prices were already weakening when the virus arrived; London in particular now looks good value, says Max King.
9 Jun 2020
State support for small businesses on the slide
Small business

State support for small businesses on the slide

Government aid for small firms is winding down. Make plans now.
6 Jun 2020
UK set to see more extreme monetary policy
UK Economy

UK set to see more extreme monetary policy

The Bank of England looks likely to cut interest rates below zero at the end of this year.
4 Jun 2020
Good news at last – household debt is falling fast
UK Economy

Good news at last – household debt is falling fast

Thre's not much good news around at the moment., But the fact that UK households are paying off debt at a record rate must surely count, says Merryn S…
4 Jun 2020
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Mervyn King: why the Covid pandemic is a classic example of radical uncertainty
UK Economy

Mervyn King: why the Covid pandemic is a classic example of radical uncertainty

This week, Merryn talks to ex-governor of the Bank of England Merryn King about the pandemic and how to prepare for a future that is unknowable; the g…
2 Jun 2020
“Stealth” debt jubilees are here – and that’s a very good thing
UK Economy

“Stealth” debt jubilees are here – and that’s a very good thing

We may not have had a full-scale debt jubilee, but many Covid relief measures quietly amount to “micro-jubilees”. That’s something to celebrate, says …
1 Jun 2020
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What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this
UK Economy

What bounce back loans can tell us about how we’ll pay for all this

The government will guarantee emergency "bounce back loans" for small businesses hit by Covid-19. Inevitably, many businesses will default. And there'…
1 Jun 2020
Why children suffer most from lockdowns
UK Economy

Why children suffer most from lockdowns

School closures harm the prospects of children and it’s the poorest who are hurt the most. On a global level, that will have huge effects on human d…
30 May 2020
Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life
UK Economy

Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life

Everybody is speculating on how life will look once lockdown is lifted. My guess, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is much the same as it looked before the …
29 May 2020
The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors
Buy to let

The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors

Investing in buy-to-let property was once a perfectly valid thing to do. But the government killed the market. John Stepek explains what investors sho…
29 May 2020
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UK banks and negative interest: money for less than nothing
UK stockmarkets

UK banks and negative interest: money for less than nothing

The upheaval at HSBC has underscored banks’ poor prospects. Negative interest rates won’t make things any easier. Matthew Partridge reports
28 May 2020
What are negative interest rates and could they happen here?
UK Economy

What are negative interest rates and could they happen here?

Negative interest rates – where banks pay you to borrow money – now exist in many parts of the world. John Stepek explains why they are a terrible ide…
18 May 2020
We should not be blind to the failings of experts
UK Economy

We should not be blind to the failings of experts

Let’s by all means be guided by “the science”, but the boffins must not run the country, says Matthew Lynn. We must treat epidemiologists as we treat …
17 May 2020
What's the best way to end the neglect of our care homes?
UK Economy

What's the best way to end the neglect of our care homes?

Politicians have dodged dealing with a growing crisis in social care for decades. The problem cannot be put off any longer. But what is the best way f…
16 May 2020
Some good news in the housing market
UK Economy

Some good news in the housing market

That the housing market is now reopening, in England at least, is good news, says John Stepek.
14 May 2020
Bernard Connolly: how are we going to pay for all this?
Global Economy

Bernard Connolly: how are we going to pay for all this?

Merryn talks to economist Bernard Connolly about the huge – and necessary – sums being spent supporting the economy through the coronavirus crisis. Th…
12 May 2020
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For how long can stockmarkets ignore rising unemployment?
Economy

For how long can stockmarkets ignore rising unemployment?

US unemployment figures are looking terrible – up to 20 million people have lost their jobs. But markets don’t seem to care. John Stepek explains what…
11 May 2020
Brexit Britain should look to create a partnership with Switzerland
UK Economy

Brexit Britain should look to create a partnership with Switzerland

A tie-up with Switzerland makes sense for post-Brexit Britain, and would create a vitally important global financial centre, says Matthew Lynn.
10 May 2020
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