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OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year
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OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year

The Office for Budget Responsibility says UK house prices could fall by as much as 12% next year. John Stepek looks at how likely that is.
14 Jul 2020
What next for the world economy?
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Global Economy

What next for the world economy?

Major global economies have been recovering from lockdowns more quickly than expected, but are we poised for a “V”, “U” or “W-shaped” recovery?
10 Jul 2020
China’s stockmarket melt-up will end in tears
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China stockmarkets

China’s stockmarket melt-up will end in tears

China's stockmarkets are up by 13% so far this year, but the rally could end in a brutal crash.
10 Jul 2020
This landmark pension case could mean big payouts
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Pensions

This landmark pension case could mean big payouts

Defined-benefit members in bankrupt firms’ pension schemes could be due a payout after a landmark High Court judgment.
10 Jul 2020
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Bank of England sceptical about pension superfunds
Pensions

Bank of England sceptical about pension superfunds

Plans for “pension superfunds”, cleared by industry regulators in recent weeks, could pose a threat to financial stability.
10 Jul 2020
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Melbourne locks down as Covid-19 returns to Australia
Global Economy

Melbourne locks down as Covid-19 returns to Australia

A new coronavirus flare-up in Melbourne has forced Australia's second-biggest city into a six-week lockdown. 
9 Jul 2020
UK house prices go into a gentle decline
House prices

UK house prices go into a gentle decline

Halifax’s house price index shows that UK house prices declined for the fourth month in a row in June.
9 Jul 2020

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Deadline looms for self-employed to get government help
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Deadline looms for self-employed to get government help

Time is running out to secure help from the first round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
3 Jul 2020
Has the US dollar had its day?
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Has the US dollar had its day?

Soaring debt levels and the failure of America to manage the Covid-19 crisis is undermining trust in the world’s reserve currency. 
3 Jul 2020
Emerging markets: investors‘ search for yield is back on
Emerging markets

Emerging markets: investors‘ search for yield is back on

After dumping a record $55bn of stocks and bonds in the eight weeks to mid-March, foreigners bought $4.1bn in emerging market assets in May. 
3 Jul 2020
Has the stockmarket bounce stalled?
Stockmarkets

Has the stockmarket bounce stalled?

US stocks have come under renewed pressure as America suffers a second wave of Covid infections.
2 Jul 2020
Intu – the retail landlord laid low by coronavirus
UK stockmarkets

Intu – the retail landlord laid low by coronavirus

Covid-19 has plunged shopping-centre owner Intu into administration. But this crisis was years in the making. Matthew Partridge reports.
2 Jul 2020
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How the pandemic has affected your pension scheme
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How the pandemic has affected your pension scheme

It’s time to review the effect of Covid-19 on your retirement savings and take any necessary action.
30 Jun 2020
UK stocks offer historic value
UK stockmarkets

UK stocks offer historic value

With global stockmarkets so expensive, UK stocks offer a rare pocket of value. 
28 Jun 2020
Investors beware: inflation will return
Inflation

Investors beware: inflation will return

Central bankers have unleashed unprecedented monetary stimulus in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the moment inflation is quiescent. But that w…
26 Jun 2020
Collateralised debt: will it be 2008 all over again?
Global Economy

Collateralised debt: will it be 2008 all over again?

Collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) triggered the 2008 financial crisis. Now we have CLOs, or collateralised loan obligations – securitised busines…
26 Jun 2020
What's behind the wipeout at Wirecard?
European stockmarkets

What's behind the wipeout at Wirecard?

Wirecard, the German blue-chip technology group that specialised in payment-processing, has collapsed in scandal. Matthew Partridge reports.
25 Jun 2020
Diamond glut won’t be forever
Silver and other precious metals

Diamond glut won’t be forever

Diamond stocks have been piling up after suppliers refused to cut prices. But demand could soon pick up.
19 Jun 2020
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HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses
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HMRC to claw back unneeded aid from businesses

Businesses that claimed money they didn’t need face trouble if they are found to have breached the schemes' terms.
19 Jun 2020
Corporate bonds: central banks top up the punch bowl yet again
Corporate bonds

Corporate bonds: central banks top up the punch bowl yet again

The corporate bond market continues to deliver unlikely returns, as America’s Federal Reserve stepped in with unprecedented support.
18 Jun 2020
Stockmarkets stumble – but the bulls charge on
Stockmarkets

Stockmarkets stumble – but the bulls charge on

Global markets registered their worst day in months last week, but US retail investors continue to pile in.
18 Jun 2020