Briefings

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”
Boris Johnson playing Connect 4 with an old lady
National Insurance

The new social-care levy: an unfair tax that protects the “assetocracy”

The government’s regressive social-care levy will make Britain’s tax system even more complex. Root-and-branch reform is long overdue.
18 Sep 2021
Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?
MoneyWeek magazine cover illustration
UK Economy

Lorry driver shortage: where have all the truckers gone and what can we do about it?

It’s a tough job and pay has been squeezed for years. Brexit and the pandemic sent many workers home. Now we all face the consequences in the form of …
10 Sep 2021
Investors must think again about China
Xi Jinping
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
Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy
Australian PM Scott Morrison
Global Economy

Australia and the economic costs of a “zero Covid-19” strategy

Some countries, such as Australia, pursued a strategy of trying to completely suppress the spread of the coronavirus. Did it work? And what does it co…
21 Aug 2021
The return of antimicrobial resistance – the silent pandemic
Antibiotics
Economy

The return of antimicrobial resistance – the silent pandemic

Before the advent of antibiotics, a small cut could be fatal, and surgery and childbirth were extremely hazardous. Is the rise of antimicrobial resist…
12 Aug 2021
What next for Haiti after its president was assassinated?
Global Economy

What next for Haiti after its president was assassinated?

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has had more than its share of turmoil over the years. Its latest president was assassinated in July. Is a…
31 Jul 2021
A new revolution in Cuba?
Economy

A new revolution in Cuba?

The biggest protests in decades have rocked the one-party communist state. But is change for the better really on the cards?
24 Jul 2021
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The dawn of a new space age
Global Economy

The dawn of a new space age

Jostling to be the first billionaire in space might seem to be a daft ego trip, but it is all part of a broader space industry with important real-wor…
16 Jul 2021
Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?
Inflation

Just how much of a threat is rising inflation?

Investors are getting spooked by the prospect of rising prices. But how much of a threat is that really? Simon Wilson reports
10 Jul 2021
What’s driving the oil price volatility, and where could it go next?
Oil

What’s driving the oil price volatility, and where could it go next?

The oil price has whipsawed in volatile trading, after Opec delayed a key production meeting. Saloni Sardana looks at what's going on, and where the o…
7 Jul 2021
Artists demand a fair share of the music industry pie
Economy

Artists demand a fair share of the music industry pie

Technology once threatened to destroy the music industry, now it's helping it thrive. But while investors are making a packet, artists says they are n…
3 Jul 2021
Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?
UK Economy

Why are childcare costs in Britain so exorbitant?

Working parents who have to pay for care for their children will know that it costs a lot of money. Indeed, it costs more here than anywhere else in t…
26 Jun 2021
Why our rickety internet infrastructure needs an upgrade
Global Economy

Why our rickety internet infrastructure needs an upgrade

The internet is an increasingly essential part of international infrastructure. Recent events have shown that it is also vulnerable to collapse.
19 Jun 2021
The G7’s global corporation tax: bringing Big Tech to heel
Tech stocks

The G7’s global corporation tax: bringing Big Tech to heel

The G7 group of nations has agreed to potentially historic changes in the way multinational companies are taxed. Who wins and who loses?
12 Jun 2021
The government says it wants to build more houses – but will it?
UK Economy

The government says it wants to build more houses – but will it?

As PM, Boris Johnson is pushing through reforms that should make it easier to build more houses. As a local MP, he opposes such plans. Which of these …
7 Jun 2021
Britain's rail industry is being revamped. Here is all you need to know about it
UK Economy

Britain's rail industry is being revamped. Here is all you need to know about it

After more than a year of waiting, the UK's government's white paper on the future of the rail industry is finally out. Simon Wilson explains everythi…
27 May 2021
Why Joe Biden’s Big Pharma patent grab is a terrible idea
Biotech stocks

Why Joe Biden’s Big Pharma patent grab is a terrible idea

The US president has proposed waiving patents on Covid-19 vaccines in a bid to boost global supply. But it won’t work on its own terms and holds dange…
22 May 2021
Central bank digital currencies: the future of money
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?
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?
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?
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?
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