Monthly Archives: November 2008

Is the UK on the road to disaster? Is it mad to tackle a calamity caused by excessive borrowing with still more borrowing? No, if the government remains creditworthy. Yes, if it does not. So, after its pre-Budget report, should you trust the UK government with your money, or not?

 

Could salary sacrifice mean less to pay for high earners?

 

We have bad news and good news. The bad news is that the world economy is teetering on the brink. The good news is that, after an extended period of overvaluation, stock markets are, at last, attractively priced. This should have enticing implications for investors and even for audacious governments.

 

In this week’s podcast, listen to Digital Business columnist Ade McCormack on whether IT departments have a future

 

UK chancellor Alistair Darling has delivered not a pre-Budget report, but a crisis budget. Profligacy has replaced prudence as the watchword. But, the chancellor would insist, it is profligacy with a purpose. Will the government get away with its gamble?

 

Who are the winners and losers from the new measures announced by Alistair Darling in today’s pre-Budget report? Matthew Vincent talks to three tax experts about the tax increases for high earners, pension contributions, tax credits and the benefits available to small businesses

 

Why millions may not have enough equity to remortgage their home

 

Panic has seized markets. Deep depressions deliver not healthy cleansing of excess, but social and political catastrophe. The time for aggressive countervailing action is now.

 

In an uncertain world, an economy needs mechanisms of adjustment. The exchange rate is the most powerful such mechanism. Today’s extreme circumstances have made the case for retaining exchange-rate flexibility not weaker, but stronger, says Martin Wolf.

 

In this week’s podcast, Digital Business columnist Ade McCormack lists the attributes of the perfect chief information officer and Jose Iglesias of Symantec talks about the green challenges faced by IT users.