Coca-Cola’s swoop for Costa Coffee will cut its exposure to sugar and plastic bottles

Costa plenty. Sorbis Coca-Cola’s £3.9 billion acquisition of Costa Coffee has made quite a ripple. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is obviously best known for its soft drinks portfolio, found in supermarkets, kiosks, hotels, bars and restaurants around the world. Costa, headquartered in the UK, has 3,800 coffee shops in over 30 countries with about two-thirds in its …

Stop working on your commute – it doesn’t benefit anyone

Just stop. Shutterstock Our journey to and from the office has been taken over by work. Rather than reading a book, catching up with the news, or just relaxing, our commute time is now increasingly spent reading and replying to work-related emails. The transport we use to get to and from our jobs has become …

Wonga’s collapse and what it means for the people who rely on payday loans

The spotlight is on Wonga. Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Wonga, the poster-boy of the British payday lending industry, has gone into administration following an influx of customer compensation claims. Its demise is a result of government regulation to reform the payday loans sector in favour of the consumer. A price cap that was introduced by …

The longevity dividend: how ageing populations could boost economic productivity

Armed with a lifetime of skills. Shutterstock. People are generally living longer than previous generations across most parts of the world. Rising life expectancy is a result of advances in medicine as well as improving living standards and healthier lifestyles. But while this should be celebrated for social reasons, is it beneficial in economic terms? …

A history of Bitcoin – told through the five different groups who bought it

GeniusKp/Shutterstock.com The recent fluctuations in Bitcoin’s value are just the latest in a series of spectacular peaks and troughs since it was created in 2009. (Though its price has been falling recently, it remains five times higher than last April, before the latest major peak began.) Commentators are often dismissive of Bitcoin buyers, writing them …

Donald Trump’s economic gamble with trade wars and tax cuts – he could win big or lose everything

Shutterstock Picture the US-China trade spat as a boxing match (Donald Trump probably has). The US is the slugger – the pulverising champion – and China is the fast-rising challenger. A bit like George Foreman against Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle. The champion slugger both can and must land a knockout punch …

No deal? Seven reasons why a WTO-only Brexit would be bad for Britain

Shutterstock If Britain leaves the European Union with no deal in place to govern trade with its biggest partner, it will fall back on World Trade Organisation rules. The same set of rules would apply to EU countries and non-EU trade partners. This is why the UK government has published a series of “technical notices” …

Big Tobacco is consistently overstating black market in cigarettes – new findings

underworld What’s the size of the black market in tobacco and who is behind it? These questions have dogged governments, public health advocates, researchers and the tobacco industry for years. The world’s biggest tobacco companies spend millions on research to produce answers – commissioning reports which often conclude that the trade in illicit tobacco is …

Greece exits its third bailout – but eurozone still has much to learn from the crisis

Greece nearly crashed out of the eurozone in 2015. Bill Anastasiou / Shutterstock.com After nine years of unprecedented peacetime economic hardship, Greece exits its IMF bailout programme on August 20. So ends a series of three bailouts organised by the so-called troika of the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission. A total of €336 …

Stop worrying about how much energy bitcoin uses

The word “bitcoin” is as likely to garner feverish excitement as it is glaring criticism. The financial community sees speculative promise in the form of trade that currently has little to no regulation. Meanwhile, others argue that it’s a distraction that detracts from the overall longevity of U.S. financial institutions. Bitcoin’s energy consumption has become …