Economy

What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!
UK Economy

What’s better than two types of income tax? Three types of income tax!

The government is to fund social care costs by raising National Insurance contributions and adding a “health and social care levy”. John Stepek looks …
7 Sep 2021
I wish I knew what stagflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what stagflation was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

Traditionally, economists and central bankers worry about inflation or recession. But there is one thing worse than both: stagflation. Here's what it …
7 Sep 2021
El Salvador could be the shape of things to come for bitcoin – and emerging nations
Bitcoin & crypto

El Salvador could be the shape of things to come for bitcoin – and emerging nations

El Salvador has become the first nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. That’s an extraordinarily bullish move both for bitcoin and for El Salvador,…
7 Sep 2021
Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru
People

Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru

Pedro Castillo amassed support among the left-behind as a trade-union leader before riding to power in this year’s presidential race. What has the cou…
7 Sep 2021
China may be cheap, but is it cheap enough to make investing there worth it?
China stockmarkets

China may be cheap, but is it cheap enough to make investing there worth it?

China’s crackdown on its markets has spread beyond Big Tech to all sectors of the economy. Investors in China must now ask themselves: is it worth it?
7 Sep 2021
Bitcoin is now legal tender in El Salvador. What does that mean for investors?
Bitcoin & crypto

Bitcoin is now legal tender in El Salvador. What does that mean for investors?

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. Saloni Sardana explains why, and looks at what it might mean f…
7 Sep 2021
State pensioners probably aren’t going to get an 8% pay rise next year
State pensions

State pensioners probably aren’t going to get an 8% pay rise next year

The “triple-lock” could in theory mean an 8% rise in state pensions this year. But that’s not going to happen. Saloni Sardana explains what the triple…
6 Sep 2021
Should investors be worried about stagflation?
US Economy

Should investors be worried about stagflation?

The latest US employment data has raised the ugly spectre of “stagflation” – weak growth and high inflation. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and …
6 Sep 2021
Cybersecurity is crucial for small businesses
Small business

Cybersecurity is crucial for small businesses

Small companies tend to neglect the defence of their digital data, but the risks are very high, says David Prosser.
6 Sep 2021
The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk

Markets reacted calmly to the Federal Reserve’s confirmation that it would be reducing its monetary stimulus. Here’s what’s happened to the charts tha…
4 Sep 2021
Investors must think again about China
China stockmarkets

Investors must think again about China

Under Xi Jinping, China is becoming increasingly hostile to business. Foreigners pouring money in might do well to reconsider.
4 Sep 2021
The US is in one of the greatest bubbles in financial history
Investment gurus

The US is in one of the greatest bubbles in financial history

Jeremy Grantham, who has a history of getting big calls right, fears slumps in several wildly overpriced markets (including UK property). He tells Mer…
3 Sep 2021
Global debt pile reaches war-time levels
Global Economy

Global debt pile reaches war-time levels

Global governments' fiscal support measures has left us with “war-time era” debt levels. A reckoning is inevitable.
3 Sep 2021
So much for the taper tantrum
Government bonds

So much for the taper tantrum

Rather than throwing a tantrum at the prospect of a cut in US monetary stimulus, as confirmed by US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, investors …
3 Sep 2021
Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business
People

Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business

A social-media pile-on nearly wiped out hedge funder Gabe Plotkin back in January. The fight is not over yet.
31 Aug 2021
Why central banks should stick to controlling inflation
Economy

Why central banks should stick to controlling inflation

The world’s central bankers are stepping out of their traditional roles and becoming much more political. That’s a mistake, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
30 Aug 2021
Three stocks to protect your income from rising inflation
Share tips

Three stocks to protect your income from rising inflation

Professional investors Alastair Laing and Peter Spiller, co-managers of the Capital Gearing Trust, pick three stocks with long-term inflation-linked r…
30 Aug 2021
The charts that matter: markets cheer Powell’s inaction
Global Economy

The charts that matter: markets cheer Powell’s inaction

Markets were holding their breath for most of the week ahead of the Fed's Jackson Hole Symposium but in the end they cheered Chair Jay Powell's inacti…
27 Aug 2021
The MoneyWeek Podcast: lorry drivers, Brexit, and why now is a good time to buy UK stocks
Investment strategy

The MoneyWeek Podcast: lorry drivers, Brexit, and why now is a good time to buy UK stocks

The UK is facing shortages of everything from chicken to microchips. Is Brexit really to blame? Merryn and John discuss the boom-bust nature of the ha…
27 Aug 2021
Will Jerome Powell lay out a tapering timetable today? Probably not
US Economy

Will Jerome Powell lay out a tapering timetable today? Probably not

Investors will be looking for clues on the future of US monetary policy at the Jackson Hole Event today. John Stepek breaks down what investors can ex…
27 Aug 2021
What income investors should learn from the Covid-19 pandemic
Income investing

What income investors should learn from the Covid-19 pandemic

Income investors faced a challenging last year even as markets hit record highs as dividends were largely suspended, but they are bouncing back now. J…
23 Aug 2021
Is inflation here to stay?
Inflation

Is inflation here to stay?

A new paper suggests that unless workers gain more bargaining power, inflation won’t be sustained.
23 Aug 2021
China: rule by law, not rule of law
China stockmarkets

China: rule by law, not rule of law

Beijing’s sudden attack on the online-education sector is a wake-up call for global investors, says Edward Chancellor
23 Aug 2021
The sudden storm that could take down your investment portfolio
Investment strategy

The sudden storm that could take down your investment portfolio

There are many things that threaten to put a big dent in your retirement savings. But the biggest right now is inflation, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
23 Aug 2021