Matthew Lynn

Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘neverendum’ is hammering the Scottish economy

27 February 2017 15:27

Its economy will be destroyed by leaving the single market. Losing access to European sales will destroy swathes of industry,…

Mark Carney finally gets it: the real risk is a Brexit boom

21 February 2017 16:00

It is possible that Mark Carney is not quite the last person to notice that the post-Brexit economy is positively…

Marine Le Pen’s plan to leave the euro is deranged

9 February 2017 13:18

Unemployment is crucifyingly high. Factories have lost competitiveness. The share of euro-zone exports is in relentless decline. Industrial production is…

If the single market is so great for Wales, why is it so poor?

23 January 2017 15:45

Industry will shrivel. Exports will dry up. The few remaining steel works will be closed down. And rugby will be…

After Brexit and Trump, it’s time for Davos Man to admit defeat

14 January 2017 10:00

Business cards. Check. Contacts book. Check. Stylish ski jacket. Check. If it is mid-January, the global elite, and certainly anyone…

Economists called Brexit wrong, but so did the Bank of England

6 January 2017 10:37

As confessions go, it was hardly the most revelatory. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini admits she has problems with relationships. Sir Philip Green…

A Brexit bust? No, the real danger lies in the debt-fuelled boom

1 January 2017 18:02

At the Westfield shopping centre in east London, the queues started at 2 a.m. on Christmas night. In Wrexham, people started…

Scotland has nothing to gain from staying in the single market

20 December 2016 9:30

The Scottish economy will be left in ruins. Tens of thousands of people will be thrown out of their jobs.…

If the Fed kick-starts global rate rises, the UK shouldn’t be left behind

13 December 2016 12:20

One is growing at 2.9 percent, the other at 2.1 percent. In one retail sales are growing at 1 percent,…

Sorry Remoaners. The British peso is on its way back

6 December 2016 14:46

We were about to see parity with the dollar. It was fetching less than an euro at the airport. Spiralling…

The Bank of England made a mistake. It should have admitted it

3 November 2016 12:34

The currency has been devalued by more than 30 per cent. Interest rates have been pushed all the way up…

The markets couldn’t care less whether Mark Carney stays or goes – and neither should we

31 October 2016 12:07

A crash in the pound, with sterling trading down at $1.15, and heading to parity. A spike in gilts, and…

Want a bank rescued? Don’t ask a German

30 September 2016 10:10

Make a car? Sure. Win a Word Cup? Yup. Write a symphony? Without doubt. There are lots of things that…

Mark Carney has a shot at redemption tomorrow. Will he take it?

14 September 2016 11:50

There are not many predictions that are safe to make in the financial markets. M&S’s results will always be disappointing…

Economists, not the economy, are the only ones taking a battering from Brexit

18 August 2016 12:46

There are queues outside the money exchanges as we desperately try and swap our worthless pounds for euros. The Red…

The Bank of England has just taken a huge risk – on a Brexit boom

4 August 2016 16:00

Plunging output. The FTSE in freefall. A financial collapse. Unemployment rising rapidly and trade falling off a cliff. At first…

Mark Carney should admit that the Bank of England fell for Project Fear

5 July 2016 12:53

A stable government, led by a good-looking modernising liberal. A free trade agreement that gives it unrestricted access to the…

Why Brexit is worse for Europe’s economy than it is for ours

24 June 2016 14:14

Share prices in freefall. Pension funds obliterated. A sea of red ink across trading screens. Billions wiped off the value…

If Brexit is the result, start buying the market

22 June 2016 12:40

It is four o’clock on Friday morning. The early returns suggest Leave is edging ahead. You’ve just seen a tweet…

The Bank of England should butt out of the Brexit debate

14 April 2016 12:54

Unelected. Technocratic. Exercising a great deal of power over people’s lives, without much in the way of accountability. Staffed by…

If Deutsche Bank collapses, it’s taking the euro with it

11 February 2016 13:06

The queues haven’t started forming outside branches in Frankfurt or Cologne yet. Even so, it is hard not to suspect…

Forget China or oil prices. This crash was made in America

15 January 2016 16:25

If anyone is feeling pleased about the slide on the stock-market today, it is probably Andrew Roberts, the RBS analyst…

The Fed has raised interest rates – but the era of cheap money isn’t over yet

17 December 2015 8:10

The iPhone had not yet been launched. Sven-Goran Eriksson was still managing the England football team. A 17-year-old Taylor Swift…

Mark Carney must avoid becoming the Tony Blair of central banking

5 November 2015 12:05

Just about anyone, except it seems for the Bank of England’s forecasting department, could have seen this one coming. When…

The real ‘Super Thursday’ will be when interest rates rise

6 August 2015 12:23

Turn-up. Eat lunch. Swap a few pleasantries with the other people in the room, leave interest rates on hold, and…