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Central bank digital currencies: the future of money
central bank digital currencies - cover illustration
Currencies

Central bank digital currencies: the future of money

The rise of cryptocurrencies and a move to cashless payments during the pandemic have left states and central banks playing catch-up. Are new forms of…
14 May 2021
America’s largest fuel pipeline has been shut since Friday after a ransomware attack. What’s going on?
Colonial pipeline fuel tanks
Energy

America’s largest fuel pipeline has been shut since Friday after a ransomware attack. What’s going on?

The 5,500-mile long “Colonial Pipeline” America’s longest fuel pipeline, has been shut since the weekend after it was targeted by a group of "ransomwa…
11 May 2021
Is Britain’s “green revolution” realistically achievable?
Boris Johnson and a load of bull
UK Economy

Is Britain’s “green revolution” realistically achievable?

Boris Johnson is hoping to claim global leadership on the climate issue by committing Britain to an accelerated programme of emissions cuts. Is this…
8 May 2021
The SNP’s record in Scotland: how does it stack up?
Nicola Sturgeon
UK Economy

The SNP’s record in Scotland: how does it stack up?

The SNP has been in power in Scotland since 2007, and the country is going to the polls again. So how has it performed?
1 May 2021
The Greensill saga: what’s it about and what does it mean for you?
Greensill Bank
UK Economy

The Greensill saga: what’s it about and what does it mean for you?

The collapse of Lex Greensill’s business empire has left a trail of financial devastation across several countries. Saloni Sardana looks at what happe…
27 Apr 2021
Greensill, Cameron and the return of Tory sleaze
UK Economy

Greensill, Cameron and the return of Tory sleaze

The collapse of Greensill Capital threw a spotlight on political lobbying when it emerged that former PM David Cameron had been fighting its corner. J…
17 Apr 2021
What China’s new red dawn means for Hong Kong
Chinese economy

What China’s new red dawn means for Hong Kong

China has once again moved to tighten its control over the former British territory and global financial centre. What will remain of the old Hong Kong…
10 Apr 2021
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Central banks are rushing to build digital currencies. What are they, and what do they mean for you?
Bitcoin

Central banks are rushing to build digital currencies. What are they, and what do they mean for you?

As bitcoin continues to soar in value, many of the world’s central banks are looking to emulate it by issuing their own digital currencies. But centra…
8 Apr 2021
Does nuclear power have a future?
Energy

Does nuclear power have a future?

Fears about safety have long hobbled the industry, particularly in the wake of Fukushima ten years ago. But the fears are overplayed and net-zero carb…
3 Apr 2021
How the vaccine wars will harm us all
Global Economy

How the vaccine wars will harm us all

Grabbing and hoarding vaccine supplies, or even manufacturing one’s own, might seem to make sense for a state in an emergency. But the damage done to …
27 Mar 2021
Britain's £37bn test and trace system: did it do any good?
UK Economy

Britain's £37bn test and trace system: did it do any good?

Britain built a system for testing for Covid-19 and tracking down contacts from a standing start – at a cost projected at £37bn. Why so expensive? And…
20 Mar 2021
What’s behind the meteoric rise in obscure cryptocurrency Cardano?
Bitcoin

What’s behind the meteoric rise in obscure cryptocurrency Cardano?

Cryptocurrency Cardano has shot up in value to become one of the crypto-world’s biggest currencies behind Bitcoin and Ethereum. Saloni Sardana looks a…
16 Mar 2021
What are NFTs and why are they so popular?
Bitcoin

What are NFTs and why are they so popular?

The $69m sale of a digital artwork backed by a cryptographic token known as an “NFT” hit the headlines recently. But what are NFTs and why are they su…
15 Mar 2021
What's behind the collapse of Greensill Capital, and why does it matter?
UK stockmarkets

What's behind the collapse of Greensill Capital, and why does it matter?

A financial company involved in opaque products that repackaged loans has gone into administration. Is there a bigger systemic risk here?
13 Mar 2021
Can China hold the world to ransom over access to rare-earth metals?
Industrial metals

Can China hold the world to ransom over access to rare-earth metals?

China’s stranglehold on rare-earth minerals – resources essential for our modern high-tech world – has some analysts worried. Should we be too?
6 Mar 2021
How Big Tech was humbled Down Under
Tech stocks

How Big Tech was humbled Down Under

An Australian law forcing tech companies to share their profits with news organisations is a crucial test of the evolving power relations between gove…
27 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
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
How long will it be before the world is vaccinated?
Global Economy

How long will it be before the world is vaccinated?

The vaccine rollout is going well in the UK, and in some other countries. But ultimately, this is a global problem, and the situation worldwide is not…
6 Feb 2021
The looming global battle over semiconductor supply
Tech stocks

The looming global battle over semiconductor supply

A shortage of semiconductors – essential components in electronic devices – has spooked businesses and governments. It could even spark future geopoli…
30 Jan 2021
The Arab Spring ten years on: a revolution that failed to blossom
Global Economy

The Arab Spring ten years on: a revolution that failed to blossom

Ten years ago, the Arab world was rocked by mass protests and popular uprisings that ousted long-reviled dictators. For the most part, the end result …
23 Jan 2021
Leasehold reforms promise the end of a nightmare for many homeowners
Property

Leasehold reforms promise the end of a nightmare for many homeowners

Horror stories about unscrupulous landlords profiting from a legal relic of the feudal era are about to get a happy ending, says Simon Wilson.
16 Jan 2021