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A nasty new strain of Covid-19 has already sent markets tumbling, with the threat of further lockdowns now in the air. John Stepek looks at what that …
26 Nov 2021
Backtracking on HS2: the state of high-speed rail in the UK
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Backtracking on HS2: the state of high-speed rail in the UK

The government has found a reverse gear on the controversial high-speed rail project. But does backing out now make sense?
26 Nov 2021
Jerome Powell’s poisoned chalice
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Jerome Powell’s poisoned chalice

US president Joe Biden has nominated Jerome Powell for a second term in charge of the Federal Reserve. But it could prove a “poisoned chalice” for Pow…
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Turkey heads for a currency crisis as the lira plummets
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Turkey heads for a currency crisis as the lira plummets

The Turkish lira has lost 40% of its value so far this year after the central bank bowed to pressure to cut interest rates.
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Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?
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Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?

With inflation forecast to hit 5% next year, we might expect interest rates to be rising, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But central banks are holding off…
8 Nov 2021
Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen
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Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen

One of the many things we are taught to worry about is the fast-rising global population. But in fact, says Merryn Somerset Webb, the opposite is tru…
15 Nov 2021
Four of the best new investment trust listings
Investment trusts

Four of the best new investment trust listings

Diversify your portfolio and benefit from rising dividends with these four new investment trusts coming to the market soon.
15 Nov 2021