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The economics of magic money: how real is the stock market surge?

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Fraser Nelson

Has the government found the magic money tree? It certainly seems like it when the furlough scheme and various other Covid measures have taken government debt to above £2 trillion. The crazy amount of spending has been kept afloat by quantitative easing, the Bank of England’s policy of choice since the financial crisis. Some have called this ‘money-printing’ and warned of a reckoning, yet none has come. So what does this new financial environment mean for investors, savers, and the less well off? Fraser Nelson talks to a panel of special guests in this podcast, sponsored by Charles Stanley.

With Harriett Baldwin, Conservative MP who sits on the Treasury Select Committee; David Miles, an economist at Imperial College London, formerly a member of the Monetary Policy Committee; and Paul Abberley, CEO of Charles Stanley.