OPINION

Travel operators will face a reckoning like the banks did

WHEN UK travel brand Thomas Cook relaunched as an online travel agent last month, it needed a way to convince customers that it has become a more reliable custodian of their money since its 2019 bankruptcy and that they've nothing to fear from booking a holiday during a pandemic.

OPINION

Falling house prices? Not if Boris Johnson can help it

BRITAIN'S economic output will probably fall by about 10 per cent this year but the country's love affair with buying houses has only intensified since Covid-19 upturned our lives.

OPINION

Britain wants to juice the housing market again

THE English are obsessed with owning property but Boris Johnson's government worries that they have not been buying nearly enough houses lately. As elsewhere, the UK housing market was put into suspended animation for several weeks to help contain the spread of Covid-19.

OPINION

Wirecard fraud casts appreciative limelight on short-sellers

You know the German finance world has been shaken when even the president of BaFin, the country's conservative stock market regulator, showers praise on hedge funds.

OPINION

Your air travel experience will never be the same

THE British romantic comedy Love Actually is saccharine, and occasionally creepy, but it's hard not to be touched by the documentary footage that bookends the movie of families and friends embracing in the arrivals hall of London's Heathrow airport.

OPINION

Can you really sell your house on Zoom?

THE UK housing market - that obsession of middle-class Brits - has been placed in suspended animation. Buyers and renters have been told to delay moving home to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. While a few transactions are still going through, a functioning market depends on...

COMMENTARY

Heathrow Airport is more than big enough already

THERE hasn't been a full-length runway built in south-east England, where London's Heathrow airport is located, since World War Two. With a climate crisis raging, now is a bad moment to try.

COMMENTARY

Time for executive salaries to take ESG into account

PROFITS are not the be-all and end-all of business, according to the chief executives of JPMorgan Chase & Co, the Coca-Cola Company, General Motors Co and other members of the Business Roundtable group of American bosses.