Each generation is defined by the economic experience of its youth. And Britain is breeding angry, thrifty cynics who are beginning to wonder if they were mis-sold university education.
We’ve been bingeing on plastic for the past decade, says Matthew Lynn, and the £54 billion we owe as a result is about to knock another hole in the banking system
Matthew Lynn unravels the three-generation feud behind the crisis that has overtaken two of the mightiest names in German car-making and threatens to ruin both of them
Matthew Lynn identifies the men who may soon declare the British government incapable of repaying its debts
Matthew Lynn says private armies who made money in Iraq have spotted a promising new market: protecting merchant ships in pirate-infested waters off lawless Somalia
History teaches us that recessions are a fertile time for entrepreneurship, writes Matthew Lynn: the great businesses of the 2030s are being dreamed up now
Matthew Lynn identifies a handful of canny investors who have profited from the recent financial turmoil
Matthew Lynn analyses the pressures that have driven a startling number of financiers and investors, hit by this and previous market crashes, to take their own lives
Matthew Lynn says banks that prospered by offering exclusive ‘wealth management’ services during the boom years are about to encounter some very angry customers
Ingots are just another commodity
Matthew Lynn argues that Barack Obama would be wrong to rescue this dinosaur of 20th-century capitalism
Matthew Lynn says Britain’s largest building society prospered by refusing to follow fashion — while its bolder, greedier rivals have all gone bust or been taken over
Matthew Lynn says coffee is the pure brew of capitalism — as the credit crunch bites, no wonder the world’s most ubiquitous coffee-house chain is heading for trouble
Matthew Lynn on domain name sales
Matthew Lynn wonders whether the world’s greatest investor will be able to pick winners in continental Europe the way he has for more than four decades in the US
Matthew Lynn says hedge-fund pioneer and currency speculator George Soros is still a brilliant player of markets — but as a philosopher, frankly, he’s incomprehensible
Matthew Lynn says the explosive growth of Ireland’s wealth is coming to a sticky end, but that this highly competitive, low-tax economy can still prosper in the long term
Matthew Lynn says Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin’s reputation is on the line as he struggles to make a success of a very expensive acquisition
Matthew Lynn visits the Bentley factory in Crewe — where Spitfires were once built — and discovers how Volkswagen’s engineers and marketing men have revived the classic marque
Matthew Lynn says London’s last 19th-century merchant bank, Close Brothers, is under threat of takeover by one of the modern breed of aggressive City traders, Andy Stewart
Matthew Lynn says the potential merger of mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton is a challenge by the old economic world order to the growing power of China
Matthew Lynn says shareholder activist Eric Knight is right to castigate HSBC’s strategy, and that the bank’s deeply religious chairman Stephen Green now faces a battle to hang on to his job
Matthew Lynn meets France's new finance minister, Christine Lagarde.
Nobody expects total honesty from politicians, particularly on the campaign trail.
The fiercer the fighting for our boys in Basra and Helmand, the more important you may think it is that Britain has a thriving arms industry to supply them. The reasons that this isn’t so can be summed up in one Arabic phrase which translates, ironically, as ‘dove of peace’: Al Yamamah.