Briefings

Donald Trump’s next moves
The Trumps
Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s next moves

The outgoing US president is deep in debt and he will need new sources of income now that he is out of a job. Don’t expect him to go quietly, says Sim…
28 Nov 2020
US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs
Cannabis growers in Washington state, USA.
Global Economy

US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs

With US states decriminalising the use even of hard drugs, and legalising the recreational use of cannabis, this could be the beginning of the end for…
21 Nov 2020
Is the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine the big Covid-19 breakthrough?
Biotech stocks

Is the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine the big Covid-19 breakthrough?

A vaccine that appears so far to be safe and effective is making its way through the final trials before commercialisation. There are reasons to be ch…
12 Nov 2020
Britain’s green revolution: can we become carbon neutral by 2050?
Offshore wind turbines
Renewables

Britain’s green revolution: can we become carbon neutral by 2050?

The prime minister is laying out plans that will see carbon emissions reduced to net zero by 2050. Do they make sense?
7 Nov 2020
Trump’s economic legacy
US election

Trump’s economic legacy

If the polls are right, Donald Trump will not be president of the United States for much longer. But right or not, what did he manage to achieve in th…
29 Oct 2020
Will fintech change the face of banking?
Alternative finance

Will fintech change the face of banking?

Fancy new apps have become popular for everything from making a payment to buying insurance and shares. Should the big banks be worried? Simon Wilson …
17 Oct 2020
The riskiest election in US history
US election

The riskiest election in US history

Donald Trump’s illness has rattled markets as investors try to understand the implications of an incapacitated American president or a bitterly contes…
8 Oct 2020
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Why it’s not worth recycling plastic
Global Economy

Why it’s not worth recycling plastic

For decades, consumers have been led to believe that recycling plastic saves on waste. Unfortunately, it’s not true, says Simon Wilson. And that could…
3 Oct 2020
What's behind Britain's coronavirus testing disaster?
UK Economy

What's behind Britain's coronavirus testing disaster?

Britain’s system of testing for the virus that causes Covid-19 collapsed just when we needed it most. What went wrong?
26 Sep 2020
Universal Credit comes good
UK Economy

Universal Credit comes good

The government’s benefit reforms have been plagued with disasters since their introduction in 2013. The Covid-19 crisis, however, has revealed a posit…
21 Sep 2020
Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?
UK Economy

Covid: were the lockdowns worth it?

Governments around the world followed the authoritarian example of China in dealing with the emergence of Covid-19. Was that a wise choice?
12 Sep 2020
The case for a flat tax
Income tax

The case for a flat tax

Simplifying the tax system promises to cut incentives for evasion and avoidance, and boost work and entrepreneurship. Could it give post-Covid-19 Brit…
29 Aug 2020
How Lebanon crashed into chaos
Global Economy

How Lebanon crashed into chaos

The recent explosion in Beirut was the latest episode in a sorry saga of political and economic mismanagement that has led to hyperinflation and impen…
22 Aug 2020
Planning reform: rip it up and start again
UK Economy

Planning reform: rip it up and start again

Boris Johnson says the time has come to be brave and shake up the rules over what is built and where. Reform would indeed be welcome, but has the PM g…
15 Aug 2020
Should Big Tech be broken up?
Tech stocks

Should Big Tech be broken up?

The dominance of the big four technology giants has attracted the attention of politicians determined to humble them. But what real harm are they doin…
8 Aug 2020
How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain
UK Economy

How Russia’s dirty money sullies Britain

Russia’s kleptocrats have grown used to laundering their money and reputations in London. The government has promised change, but how serious is it?
1 Aug 2020
How the dearth of babies will affect the global economy
Global Economy

How the dearth of babies will affect the global economy

The world’s population is going to peak before the century is out and then enter into a big decline, putting serious pressure on economic growth, acco…
25 Jul 2020
Can we fix further education?
UK Economy

Can we fix further education?

The Conservatives want to revolutionise further education and apprenticeships. But can Britain ever make a German-style model work? Simon Wilson repor…
18 Jul 2020
The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending
UK Economy

The truth about Boris Johnson’s “New Deal” package of infrastructure spending

The prime minister promised a package of Rooseveltian proportions to grow the economy out of its Covid-19-induced torpor. Just how impressive is it re…
11 Jul 2020
What exactly is going on in the Wirecard scandal?
European stockmarkets

What exactly is going on in the Wirecard scandal?

Wirecard, a darling of the German fintech sector, has collapsed and its boss has been charged with fraud. Red flags have waved for years, yet the regu…
4 Jul 2020
Should the pensions triple lock be scrapped?
Pensions

Should the pensions triple lock be scrapped?

The pensions triple lock had been a key plank of the government’s offer to older voters, but the promise to gold-plate the state pension is looking in…
27 Jun 2020
The facts about gold
Gold

The facts about gold

Gold fires our imaginations like no other metal. Chris Carter looks at its history, its uses, and how to invest.
24 Jun 2020