Nobody knows how long these shocks will last, but they demand rapid policy changes across the globe. We must choose between fragmenting markets further and integrating them, between helping the poor and letting even more starve.
This week: 50 billion from the Bank of England, but will it make any difference to mortgages? Putting property into your pension – is it still a good idea? Why we are so bad at making decisions, and what we can do about it – a behavioural psychologist explains. Plus the good news and bad news on using credit cards abroad.
In this week’s show: long-term fixed rates – will government action make them cheaper? Buy-to-let mortgages – are they still a good idea as house prices fall? European property – can you hedge against costly euro mortgages?
A voluntary banking code is almost certainly not worth the paper it is written on. If regulation is to be effective, it must cover all relevant institutions and the entire balance sheet and, not least, it must make finance less pro-cyclical, argues Martin Wolf
Ray Schiavone, chief executive of Quark, sets out his vision for the future of publishing and Ade McCormack explains the difference between hypermedia and plain old multimedia. Plus Sean Maloney of Intel argues that business will grow even more dependent on the internet.
Kevin Eyres, LinkedIn’s European managing director, explains in an interview how the online networking tool’s members use the site. How many contacts are needed for it to be worthwhile? Is it a replacement for traditional face-to-face networking? What about confidentiality issues?
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