Hot tub damage: Complaints soar as sales surged in lockdown

Hundreds of hot tub buyers have complained about faults and not receiving refunds in the last six months after they became a popular buy in lockdown. With Britons confined to their homes and seeking to maximise the spring and early summer sunshine, the plug-in pools were snapped up in vast …

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First TikTok then gaming as a crucible of US-China rivalry

The writer is a fellow at Schmidt Futures focused on the geopolitical impact of the rising Chinese tech ecosystem The US effort to force the sale of Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok has accelerated debate around the Balkanisation of the internet. In the midst of geopolitical competition with China, the US government …

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ECB faces uphill struggle in efforts to talk down the euro

European Central Bank bosses have a dire record of trying to talk down the euro — and their recent interventions are unlikely to be much more successful. Christine Lagarde has become the latest policymaker to focus on the foreign exchange markets, telling members of the French and German parliaments this …

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We must put our greenbacks behind our green rhetoric

The writer is an author and environmentalist Pity the poor banking chief executive, or large-scale asset manager, beset by whiny activists going on and on about record fires and record floods and record temperatures. Perhaps his 16-year-old daughter has a poster of Greta Thunberg on the wall, and is asking …

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What Trump’s TikTok deal learnt from China’s approach to apps

They may be geopolitical opponents, but Presidents Xi and Trump have done a lot for the other’s approval ratings. For nationalist, authoritarian presidents, having an external enemy is a must. But in forcing the Chinese internet company ByteDance to find an American partner in order to keep its short-video app TikTok …

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Investors are getting pickier in emerging markets

Investors have returned to emerging markets after the coronavirus shock, helping to encourage a surge in government debt issuance. But that revival in confidence has its limits. While some governments will continue to fund themselves with ease, others are finding it more difficult, raising questions about debt sustainability down the …

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