Central banks are desperately trying to control the markets – and some are finding it difficult. But not the US Federal Reserve. John Stepek explains why the Fed has the easiest job in central banking.
Articles written by John Stepek
Central bankers can move markets. So you need to know what they’re up to. Here’s what we can learn from their latest decisions, and what their next moves may be.
Most of the focus in the EU referendum debate has been on Britain, and what happens here if we leave. But the real losers from Brexit would be Europe.
US stocks have staged a remarkable rally, fuelled by the Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy. John Stepek looks at what would make the Fed change its mind, and what to do in the meantime.
The psychological effect alone of banning cash would be incredibly destructive for Britain, says John Stepek. But that doesn’t mean they still won’t try.
There is still too much talk of central banking, radical monetary policy, and how quickly we can implement it, says John Stepek.
People talk about “active” and “passive” funds. But when you’re investing, says John Stepek, you are always “active”. The key thing is to always have a plan.
Brazil’s economy and political system are in a mess. But its stockmarket is one of the year’s best performers. John Stepek looks at what’s going on, and whether you should buy in.
Failure by oil producing nations to reach agreement on production quotas could threaten the recovery in the oil price. John Stepek looks at where it might go from here, and what it means for world markets.
The number of people liable to pay inheritance tax is getting steadily larger. So if you’ve not been planning for it, you really should start. John Stepek explains how.