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?
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.
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
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.
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