UK stock markets

Why the UK's company pension schemes are in such bad shape

Many UK company pension schemes are deeply in deficit, and that’s having damaging effects on how corporations spend their money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Banks still have work to do

Britain’s high street banks are looking healthier, but they still haven’t recovered from their post-crisis hangovers. Investors should think about the risks ahead. Alice Gråhns reports.

Estate agents, housebuilders and the outlook for UK house prices

For the last two or three years, the UK housing market has gone nowhere. Dominic Frisby finds out if that’s likely to change in 2018.

Big trouble at Capita

Outsourcing company Capita isn’t another Carillion, but it is in a mess. The new boss will have to get his skates on. Alice Gråhns reports.

Wish the new Fed chair luck – he’ll really, really need it

New Fed chief Jerome Powell is taking over just as the biggest, most influential trend in recent financial history is turning. Whatever he does next, markets will take a knock.

Capita may be no Carillion, but it’s still not one for your “buy” list

Capita’s profit warning sent its shares down by almost 50%. John Stepek looks at what’s gone wrong, and explains why investors should be wary of the outsourcing sector in general.

Chart of the week: the Brexit divide in the UK market

Since the referendum, the 50 large British firms that derive most of their revenue from abroad have done well. But the 50 most domestically orientated companies have barely moved.

If you’d invested in: Computacenter and United Utilities

IT support firm Computacenter is trading ahead of expectations, while the UK’s largest listed water company is looking exposed to inflation and political risk.

Carillion’s collapse shows the perils of financial engineering

On the surface, Carillion looked healthy, but the ugly truth is that the construction firm was little more than a zombie, says Edward Chancellor.

The charts that matter: everybody still hates the UK

Investors around the globe are shunning UK stocks. John Stepek examines why, and looks at what’s going on with the global economy’s most important indicators.

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