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MoneyWeek Issue 976

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from the editor-in-chief...

Right. Here are your choices. Next week you can vote for Labour and £83bn of extra spending. You can vote for the Lib Dems for £63bn of extra spending, or you can vote for the Tories and £2.6bn of extra spending. We’d be over the moon if there was a party you could vote for that was prepared to open a conversation about how to cut the size of the state as a percentage of GDP, rather than keep promising to spend more, more, more. Failing that, we’d fancy afull-on revamp of the system in its entirety. We could start with the introduction of a land-value tax as a replacement for all other taxes on land and property (see page 19). But we quite clearly aren’t going to get either of…

1 min.
losers of the week

A Danish court has ruled that two Faroese watchmakers cannot cut up a work of art to make faces for designer wristwatches, reports The Guardian. Dann Thorleifsson and Arne Leivsgard bought Paris Chic, by Danish artist Tal R, for £70,000 at a London gallery and hoped to chop it into 300 fragments to insert into watches to be sold for at least DKK10,000 (£1,130) each. Buyers would be able to choose which fragment would be used in their watch; one had already offered DKK41,000 (£4,644) to have the first pick. The court ruled that, while it is legal to destroy a work of art you have bought, the proposed use was an alteration of the work that contravened copyright law. ©Tal R, courtesy of the artist &Victoria Miro,London/Venice…

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actor was called a “phenomenal force of nature” by

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured) has capped an impressive year of achievements by being named the “most powerful person in television” by The Radio Times. The Emmy and Bafta-award-winning writer, producer and Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content. An anonymous gold prospector has found the UK’s largest ever gold nugget, reports the BBC. The 121.3g (4.2oz) lump, which is in two pieces that fit together like a jigsaw, was discovered at the bottom of a Scottish river using the technique of “sniping” – lying face down in the water wearing a diving mask, snorkel and dry suit. The previous record holder is the 85.7g Douglas Nugget, discovered in 2016 using the same technique.…

1 min.
bad week for:

Boris Johnson had to shave £400,000 off the asking price of his former marital home when he sold it recently, reports the Daily Mail. The four-bedroom, five-storey end-terrace in Islington, which he shared with his second wife, barrister Marina Wheeler, was put on the market in May for £3.75m, but eventually sold for £3.35m. The pair bought it in 2009 for £2.3m and will share the proceeds of the sale. Thousands of small businesses could be plunged into debt after the collapse of a dubious digital advertising scheme, reports the BBC. They signed up to lease screens displaying advertisements, with the revenue from these expected to cover their monthly payments. The advertisements did not appear and the agency went bust, but the contract they signed means the lease payments must still…

2 min.
cracks spread in fragile china

The passage through Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which aligns the US with Hong Kong’s protesters, marks a “watershed moment in the escalating cold war” between Washington and Beijing, says Ambrose Evans-Pritchard for The Daily Telegraph. Yet, for all the “ritualistic” diplomatic protests, it probably won’t stop the two sides agreeing to a phase-one trade deal. Keen on a deal China’s CSI 300 index fell back about 1.3% towards the end of last week after Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong bill. The yuan also weakened slightly. Yet China’s decision to avoid trade-related retaliation – it stuck to banning the US Navy from Hong Kong – suggests that it does not want to upend the tariff negotiations. There are still many sticking points, says Simon Pritchard for Gavekal…

1 min.
trump’s trade war tantrum returns

“Mount Tariff erupts again”, says The Wall Street Journal. Just when you think that US president Trump’s trade war antics have gone dormant, “there he goes again”. This week the US president unleashed surprise tariffs on Brazilian and Argentine steel imports. He also proposed up to 100% levies on $2.4bn of French imports of cheese, wine and luxury goods in retaliation for a digital services tax that Washington says disproportionately targets US firms. The announcement sent stockmarkets plunging. America’s S&P 500 had its worst day in almost eight weeks on Monday, while the FTSE 100 slid to a six-week low on Tuesday. The steel levies are “ludicrous”, says John Authers on Bloomberg. Donald Trump says that they are in retaliation for the weakness of the Brazilian and Argentine currencies, which is…