Merryn's Blog

A divided Scotland will be a tough country to get off the ground

With the Scottish independence referendum so close, getting the new country off the ground in the event of a yes vote will be a very tough job indeed.

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Beyond the Brexit talk, the British economy isn’t doing too badly

The political Brexit pantomime aside, Britain is in pretty good shape. With near-record employment, strong wage growth and modest inflation, there is …
17 Oct 2019
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The coming crisis at the BBC

The BBC’s chief has quit ahead of what promises to be years of turmoil and conflict with a hostile government. Will the licence fee survive?
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The Boris Bounce might stop the Bank of England from cutting rates

The latest snapshot of UK economic activity has sparked a bout of inflationary talk, with both manufacturing and service sectors in ruder health than …
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Money Minute Friday 24 January: the key to UK interest-rate cuts

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to the release of data that could hold the key to UK interest rates cuts. 
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Thousands of pensioners are set to lose £3,500 a year

Around 11,000 pensioners in receipt of the “adult dependants’ addition” will lose up to £70 a week from their state pension.
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The coronavirus is scary – but it's irrelevant to your investments

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How Putin's cronyism is strangling Russia

Russia's vast population and wealth of resources should be boosting growth. There’s one man holding it back: Vladimir Putin
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Want to make money in 2020? Gold and silver are looking like a good bet

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