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Book of the week: The Contrarian by Max Chafkin
Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Peter Thiel
In Review

Book of the week: The Contrarian by Max Chafkin

Biography challenges the image of Silicon Valley as a hotbed of idealism and progressive liberalism
3 Dec 2021
The Omicron threat
An image of Santa Claus at a Christmas Market in central London
Why we’re talking about . . .

The Omicron threat

New Covid variant could be an economic game-changer
3 Dec 2021
BT: a game of fantasy M&A? 
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani 
Behind the scenes

BT: a game of fantasy M&A? 

There’s talk of a bid for BT from Reliance Industries. Is it a serious offer?
3 Dec 2021
Christmas comes early for UK retailers
Black Friday shopping London
Business Briefing

Christmas comes early for UK retailers

Companies in the news include Bulb and a cryptocurrency called Omicron
2 Dec 2021
Jack Dorsey resigns: Twitter needs ‘more than a part-time chief’
Jack Dorsey
Profile

Jack Dorsey resigns: Twitter needs ‘more than a part-time chief’

Personal interest in crypto suggests he ‘may have been more focused’ on Square
2 Dec 2021
Who is the richest person in the world?
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault
In Focus

Who is the richest person in the world?

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault feature in the top ten
1 Dec 2021
Is China capitalist?
Portraits of President Xi Jinping and the late Mao Zedong
Today’s big question

Is China capitalist?

President Xi’s policy of ‘common prosperity’ may have significant impact on global economy
30 Nov 2021

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Shared ownership: how the home buying scheme works
UK housing
Pros and cons

Shared ownership: how the home buying scheme works

Getting on the ladder is more affordable – but there are downsides
30 Nov 2021
UK’s latest Covid travel rules explained
Covid-19 test centre at Heathrow Terminal 5
Getting to grips with . . .

UK’s latest Covid travel rules explained

Reintroduction of red list and PCRs leaves the tourism industry ‘appalled’
29 Nov 2021
Why did Bulb flicker out? 
Bulb Energy Ltd
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why did Bulb flicker out? 

The energy crisis has claimed its largest scalp to date. Is the market irretrievably broken?
26 Nov 2021
Open banking and the politics of payments
Amazon Visa
Business Briefing

Open banking and the politics of payments

Companies in the news include Amazon, Visa, Mastercard, Afiniti, LV=, and Unilever
25 Nov 2021
Shoppers warned about dodgy Black Friday deals
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In Brief

Shoppers warned about dodgy Black Friday deals

Consumer watchdog says better prices can be had on most of the so-called bargain offers
24 Nov 2021
Why Biden is releasing 50m barrels of oil 
President Biden delivered a speech on the economy at an event in Washington D.C.
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Biden is releasing 50m barrels of oil 

White House moves to lower prices at the pump and combat rising inflation 
24 Nov 2021
15 most expensive towns in England outside of London
Virginia Water is home to the Wentworth Golf Club
In Depth

15 most expensive towns in England outside of London

Virginia Water in Surrey remains top of Zoopla’s property rich list
23 Nov 2021
London house prices drop as UK average hits record high
City of London aerial view
In Focus

London house prices drop as UK average hits record high

The average price for a home in the capital stood at £507,000 in September
22 Nov 2021
Consumer confidence boost raises Black Friday sales hopes
Shoppers on the high street
The latest on . . .

Consumer confidence boost raises Black Friday sales hopes

Economic optimism increases ahead of annual shopping spree
19 Nov 2021
Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment
Succession: a ‘toxic joy’
Podcast

Real-life Succession, Iranian football and China’s #MeToo moment

Do we need a new model for business leaders? How has Jordan’s football team reignited the gender debate? And has China silenced an Olympian?
19 Nov 2021
Crunch-time for British trade 
Boris Johnson speaks at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet
Why we’re talking about . . .

Crunch-time for British trade 

Is there any point promoting ‘Global Britain’ while the threat of an EU trade war lingers?
19 Nov 2021
Shell: slick move angers Dutch
Shell logo
In Focus

Shell: slick move angers Dutch

Decision to become 100% British has ‘gone down like a plate of mouldy pannenkoeken’
18 Nov 2021
Investing in Asia: what the experts think
Vietnam: ‘set for a big leap’
Expert’s view

Investing in Asia: what the experts think

China Plus One, Viet opportunity and India’s stealthy bull
18 Nov 2021
How DAOs work – and why they matter
Code on a computer
Getting to grips with . . .

How DAOs work – and why they matter

Everything you need to know about the major new cryptocurrency trend
17 Nov 2021
Vrai: taking over luxury with lab-grown diamonds
Vrai lab grown diamonds
In Focus

Vrai: taking over luxury with lab-grown diamonds

Sustainable jewellery brand is loved by Kendall Jenner and backed by Leonardo DiCaprio
17 Nov 2021
‘Right to rest’: inside Portugal’s bold bid to regulate remote working
Remote worker sitting on sofa with her laptop
Business Briefing

‘Right to rest’: inside Portugal’s bold bid to regulate remote working

Newly passed leglisation bans bosses from contacting employees outside work hours
15 Nov 2021
The Bank of England official warning women against home working
The Bank of England
Why we’re talking about . . .

The Bank of England official warning women against home working

Not returning to the office will result in ‘two track’ career development, senior policymaker claims
12 Nov 2021
Is the Bank of England ‘bottling it’ over interest rates?
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey
Business Briefing

Is the Bank of England ‘bottling it’ over interest rates?

The conundrum of when to raise interest rates is testing the mettle of central bankers
12 Nov 2021
From engine-maker to electricity provider: Rolls-Royce as mini-nuke pioneer
Artist's impression of SMR plant
In Focus

From engine-maker to electricity provider: Rolls-Royce as mini-nuke pioneer

Whitehall is pumping £210m into car maker’s new small modular reactor business
11 Nov 2021
The UK’s best and worst places to be selling your house
An aerial view of Chelsea
Business Briefing

The UK’s best and worst places to be selling your house

‘The most hideous small town within the British Isles’ named strongest performing area
11 Nov 2021
How Brexit handed a ‘financial boon’ to former Soviet state Estonia
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
In Depth

How Brexit handed a ‘financial boon’ to former Soviet state Estonia

Around 4,000 companies have set up shop in member state since UK left EU, prime minister says
10 Nov 2021
Why the UK is suffering a Walkers crisps shortage
Walkers crisps on a supermarket shelf
The latest on . . .

Why the UK is suffering a Walkers crisps shortage

Production issues have forced snack giant to prioritise most popular varieties
9 Nov 2021
Five of the best sustainable beauty products
All beauty products shown in one grid
The wish list

Five of the best sustainable beauty products

Featuring refillable glass jars and ingredients derived from the by-products of juicing and food production
9 Nov 2021
Investments Unwrapped: A buyer’s guide to furniture
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Investments Unwrapped: A buyer’s guide to furniture

Olly Mann talks to antique furniture expert James Kaye about how to end up sitting on a nest egg
9 Nov 2021
Interest rates: why the long era of ever-cheaper finance is finally over
Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey
Expert’s view

Interest rates: why the long era of ever-cheaper finance is finally over

Bank of England is warning that hikes are ahead as inflation soars
8 Nov 2021
Ryanair: readying for departure from London
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary 
In Brief

Ryanair: readying for departure from London

Plans to delist Ryanair from the LSE could spell ‘another blow’ to the ‘dwindling’ London market
5 Nov 2021
Meta: Facebook gambles on a virtual world
Mark Zuckerberg in his metaverse
Behind the scenes

Meta: Facebook gambles on a virtual world

Is Zuckerberg right to be betting so much on the metaverse?
5 Nov 2021
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