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.
EMI is a giant of the music business and a symbol of British prowess in ‘creative industries’ — but has stumbled from disaster to disaster in recent years
Matthew Lynn says the legendary deal-maker Bruce Wasserstein has failed to drive Lazard to the top of the investment bank league — but has made a huge personal fortune
Matthew Lynn says that power in the financial world has shifted to little-known hedge funds like the one that turned ABN Amro into a takeover target for Barclays and RBS
Matthew Lynn says British business has been too limp in its response to campaigns by media-savvy trade unions on issues such as private equity and outsourcing
The shipwreck of the last buccaneer
Matthew Lynn profiles Peter Sutherland, the pugnacious chairman of BP who stands accused of forcing the early departure of the oil giant’s chief executive, Lord Browne
If you ever happen to find yourself teaching an economics class at a private school, here’s a question you could write on the blackboard.
Matthew Lynn says Porsche is supremely successful in its own niche, but that does not qualify it to run Europe’s largest mass-market car maker
Matthew Lynn finds private military contractors such as Colonel Tim Spicer — formerly known as mercenaries — responding to demand in a high-growth business sector
The mighty search engine has gone from cool start-up to capitalist monster in record time — but its decline could be just as quick
Matthew Lynn offers a blueprint for the revival of the last great name in the British motor industry — which Ford looks likely to sell off