Economy

After seven years of austerity, we are accustomed to thinking of the economy as a household with the nation’s credit card maxed out, to paraphrase David Cameron. The fetishisation of debt translated into massive cuts to UK spending on public services....
President Donald Trump has criticised the “very one-sided and unfair” trade relationship between the US and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn't blame the country for taking advantage of the US.  Speaking after the...
A former Conservative minister has echoed Jeremy Corbyn by calling for a dramatic U-turn to end “austerity” in this month’s Budget. Nick Boles broke ranks by urging the Chancellor to rip up seven years of Tory economic policy, abandoning the flagship target...
Donald Trump will meet Vladimir Putin in Vietnam tomorrow, the Kremlin has said. The leaders, who discussed allegations of Russian meddling in the US election during their first face-to-face meeting in July, are both planning to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit...
Speaker John Bercow has given the Government until the end of the day to publish 58 'secret' studies examining the economic impact of Brexit. MPs backed an obscure parliamentary motion last week demanding David Davis' department publish the assessments into how the...
There has been much amusement at the sight of Madonna (net worth £580m) taking a budget flight from Lisbon to London, but I am not sure why. I’ll bet her decision was not about cost, but appearing on-trend. Air Portugal is by...
A “blind spot” in the pensions system needs to be tackled to help gig economy workers boost their retirement savings, a report suggests. Insurance group Zurich said a shake-up is needed to reduce the risk of a gig economy long-term savings crisis, which...
Facebook has got the world hooked and might be using that to damage people's lives, according to its first president. Sean Parker, whose role in the site was dramatised in the film The Social Network, has revealed the various secret ways that...
An American TV news reporter has spoken out in response to a woman who bodyshamed her on social media.  Demetria Obilor works for ABC’s WFAA in Dallas, but Facebook user Jan Shedd felt the need to publicly comment on her appearance and...
Gold demand slid to its lowest in eight years in the last quarter as jewellery buying fell and inflows into bullion-backed exchange traded funds dried up, data from the World Gold Council (WGC) showed on Thursday. Overall demand fell 9 per cent...
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