Economy


Lib Dems call for sovereign wealth fund

A £100bn “citizens fund” should be created to spread the UK’s wealth more evenly, the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable is proposing. He will tell the party’s conference it could be built up through…


Trump ‘orders further China tariffs’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers unload bags of chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province US President Donald Trump has instructed staff to move forward with the next round…


Household debt: How much do we owe?

Image copyright Getty Images Up to 8.3 million people in the UK are unable to pay off debts or household bills, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). It says that HM…


Are golden visas losing their sparkle?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lisbon’s continuing property boom has dotted its skyline with construction cranes Pedro Vicente is worried that his company is about to see trade fall by almost a third. “We…


The country built on trade barriers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Volkswagen made the Kombi camper van in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo state, until 2013 President Trump’s imposition of hefty tariffs on imports in a bid to protect…


Going solo: The rise of self-employment

Image copyright Getty Images The number of self-employed workers has been on the up in the UK since 2001 and they now account for around 15% of the working population. Following the recession, the number…


The precious metal sparking a new gold rush

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An open pit mine in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where cobalt and copper is extracted Gold once lured prospectors to the American west – but now it’s cobalt…


Trump set for trade tug-of-war with EU’s Juncker

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Trump may have more in common than meets the eye “Trade tariffs are the greatest,” President Donald Trump has declared before Wednesday’s vital US-EU talks…


What is the government’s plan for Brexit?

Image copyright EPA Image caption Will the government’s White Paper put the country’s mind at rest? The UK government is due to publish a White Paper on Thursday setting out its plans for the country’s…