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The revolution will be tax-free: the libertarian dreams of the Koch brothers

This was the year that two of the world’s richest and most conservative men, Charles and David Koch, hoped, in effect, to purchase the US presidency. As the election campaign got under way, the Koch brothers were tied as the fifth-wealthiest individuals in the country, with a combined ...

yesterday 15:59 open_in_new
Euphoria offers a much-needed, fresh perspective on mental health problems in teenage girls

For 22 hours Rue has been entombed in her duvet watching Love Island. Time slips into nothingness, but Ian Stirling’s thrilled pronouncement “Previously, on Love Island” repeats itself like an incantation. Her muscles waste away, her stomach empties, her breath turns rancid: Rue watches ...

yesterday 15:59 open_in_new
Germany on the brink

Germany is “teetering on the edge of a recession”, says Andrew Kenningham of Capital Economics. GDP in Europe’s largest economy fell 0.1% in the second quarter and early signs for this quarter are “ominous”. The downturn has weighed on market sentiment. The Dax index, which contains 30 ...

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Why economic warnings may no longer be enough to stop Scottish independence

Does money matter in politics any more? It does, of course, hugely — but perhaps not in quite the same ways or with the same potency that it once did.

In the era of Brexit and the financial crisis, of boastful buses and big bank bailouts, we have become accustomed to astronomical ...

yesterday 12:50 open_in_new
Take short sellers seriously

Short sellers get a bad press. But if they target a company you invest in, you need to take action quickly.

It’s been a dramatic month for “attacks” by short sellers – investors who profit when share prices fall, rather than rise (see below for how this works). Here in the UK, ...

yesterday 12:50 open_in_new
Another day, another politician in Wales talking about devolved issues. Does it matter?

Jeremy Corbyn is in Wales today. On the agenda: his ambitious plan to build more houses (an England-only issue as housing is devolved in Wales), more money for schools (devolved in Wales), and an expansion of free school meals (also devolved in Wales).

It’s an exact echo of the ...

yesterday 11:47 open_in_new
Deborah Levy’s The Man Who Saw Everything: a mixture of parable, love story and history lesson

One of the big stories in English fiction this decade – in English writing, really – has been the return and triumph of Deborah Levy. Born in South Africa in 1959, she emerged in her twenties as a novelist and playwright of unusual wildness, directness and courage. “Deborah Levy is well ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
Prom 45: Mississippi Goddam: A Portrait of Nina Simone is a thrilling celebration of a musical icon

Call me dull for opening a review with a description of the queue, but at the Royal Albert Hall, the queue for Prom 45 – “Mississippi Goddam: A Portrait of Nina Simone” – is extraordinary. Lines of people snake from all the different entrances to the building, winding round it and out ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
The world has the power to make Brazil’s Bolsonaro pay for his destruction of the Amazon

These have been horror-filled days for those who care about life on Earth. The devastating, record fires that the Amazon rainforest has suffered have pushed the forest ever closer to an irreversible tipping point. 

Even among the invariably grim news about the climate crisis, there ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
Currency Corner: this trend looks very promising for the Canadian dollar

In today’s Currency Corner, I thought I’d pick a forex combination at random and see where it takes us.

So, for no particular reason, let’s go with the Canadian dollar – aka, the loonie – against the euro.

(The reason the Canadian dollar is known as the “loonie”, ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
Share tips of the week

MoneyWeek’s comprehensive guide to the best of this week’s share tips from the rest of the UK’s financial pages.

Tate & Lyle Shares

Having moved on from its roots in sugar, today Tate & Lyle is a global supplier of corn-based sweeteners and starch ingredients, as well ...

yesterday 09:41 open_in_new
Five things you need to know today: Macron demands international action over Amazon fires

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an “international crisis” that must be addressed at this weekend’s G7 summit. “Our house is burning. Literally,” Macron tweeted, adding that the Amazon produces 20 per cent of the ...

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500 days in jail – it is time to set Lula free

AUGUST 20 marked 500 days that the former Brazilian President Lula has been in jail. And it becomes increasingly clear that his trial was not only unfair, but that he is a political prisoner.   On June 9 this year, the investigative site The Intercept/The Intercept Brasil, in partnership with ...

2019-08-22 21:41 open_in_new
Six takeaways from Japan and South Korea scrapping their intelligence-sharing agreement

On Thursday, South Korea said that it would abandon its military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan. With US pullback from the region – in March, caving to pressure from North Korea, the Trump administration announced that it would abandon joint US-South Korean military exercises – ...

2019-08-22 17:50 open_in_new
Is capitalism doomed?

I’m currently presenting a show at Panmure House (Adam Smith’s last and only surviving home) as part of Edinburgh’s Fringe. There’s no dancing, no acrobatics, no special effects and only a few jokes. It’s just me and a couple of panellists (different every day through this Sunday) ...

2019-08-22 16:48 open_in_new
How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of augmented reality, we might finally be about to turn that corner.

“Suppose I make it so that you are in the story… and ...

2019-08-22 16:48 open_in_new
How austerity has caused an emergency service crisis in France

The visit of French health minister Agnès Buzyn to La Rochelle’s public hospital on 13 July did not go as planned. As she walked across the building, 150 striking hospital employees who were protesting against their working conditions and demanding more hospital beds, staff, and funding,  ...

2019-08-22 15:44 open_in_new
“Just another item on our to-do list”: The popcorn maker’s Brexit business diary

Along with his parents and brother, Adam Sopher is a co-founder and director of Joe & Seph’s, which has been making gourmet popcorn – with flavours ranging from goats cheese and black pepper to gin and tonic to Marmite – since 2010.

Based in Park Royal, London, all its ...

2019-08-22 15:44 open_in_new
No, Angela Merkel hasn't handed Boris Johnson a lifeline on the backstop

Has Boris Johnson made a breakthrough in the Brexit talks? That’s the impression you’d get from reading this most of this morning’s papers, which all major on Angela Merkel’s comment that an exit from the backstop could be found in 30 days.

But Merkel is neither suggesting ...

2019-08-22 14:41 open_in_new
It’s getting harder and harder for central banks to bail us out

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Central bankers of the world unite to meet at ...

2019-08-22 12:35 open_in_new
Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory is limp and lacklustre

With Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar brings his tally of movies to 21 – a coming-of-age, you might say – and raises to four the number which have featured a director as the protagonist, after Law of Desire, Bad Education and Broken Embraces. In structuring the picture around the ...

2019-08-22 11:32 open_in_new