David Prosser

How bad could a coronavirus recession be for the global economy?

In 1665, as the bubonic plague tightened its grip on England, Cambridge University took the unprecedented step of closing its doors. One of its young students put the period of isolation to good use: Isaac Newton spent his forced sabbatical at home doing the groundwork for what would become his theory of calculus.

Should you back the US in an election year?

This piece was written in February, before the impact of the coronavirus on global markets.

And so it begins. With near-perfect synchronicity, Donald Trump won his impeachment battle just as the state of Ohio was announcing the delayed results of the first Democratic primary. The US presidential election campaign is under way, even if we only know for now which Republican candidate will be on the ballot paper.

What is the post-election reality for investors?

Santa rally or election elation? The UK stockmarket posted its biggest gains for more than three years in the week following Boris Johnson’s landslide election victory on 12 December, despite a simultaneous jump in the value of sterling that might have been expected to hit large firms with hefty international earnings.

Fund and trust tips for uncertain times

Precarious. That’s how the International Monetary Fund describes the economic outlook as we head into 2020. It’s hardly a clarion bell of optimism with which to ring in the new year – but then the year just gone has not given forecasters much reason to be cheerful.

Election 2019: what do the main political parties offer investors?

In these times of momentous political upheaval, old certainties suddenly look less sure. Just ask Christian Schultz, chief UK economist at Citibank, and Oliver Harvey, head of Brexit research and UK macro strategy at Deutsche Bank.

The duo made headlines in September with pronouncements that a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government could actually be a safe option for the UK – safer than a no-deal Brexit for sure, and maybe even safer than a Conservative government led by a fiscally profligate Boris Johnson.

What will Boris Johnson do for your money?

If painful experience has taught us to take politicians’ pre-election promises with a pinch of salt, what do we make of the pledges made by party leadership candidates, which aren’t even recorded for posterity in a manifesto we can scrutinise later on? Bear that thought in mind this autumn as you ponder what impact prime minister Boris Johnson might have on your finances.

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A smarter way to tap into the tech boom

The world’s biggest technology companies are making plays for a share of the healthcare market. Apple, Google, Amazon and their rivals believe new technologies have the potential to transform healthcare, just as they have underpinned the growth of these big-tech companies themselves over the past two decades.