Global economy

Push for profits

Invest with the activists to earn higher returns, says Matthew Partridge

The brutal global stockmarket crash that hit Britain hardest

In the latest of his series on stockmarket crashes, John Stepek looks at probably the worst in living memory: the crash of 1973/74.

Dull but worthy Merkel needs to up her game

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be favourite to win Germany’s election. But she needs to energise her campaign.

Betting on politics: A coup in North Korea

At least some in North Korea must be worried about Kim Jong-un’s sabre-rattling. Matthew Partridge weighs the odds on regime change in Pyongyang.

UN tightens squeeze on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council has approved new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests.

Are we reaching “peak tourism”?

The number of global tourists is booming as the world gets wealthier. Yet locals in many holiday hotspots resent the impact on their communities. Alex Rankine reports.

Can Mario Draghi stop the euro from ruining his gameplan?

ECB chief Mario Draghi would like to pull back on quantitative easing. But the strength of the euro is causing problems. John Stepek explores Draghi’s options.

What caused the stockmarket crash of 1987 – and could it happen again today?

The 1987 stockmarket crash was a surprise for many – but some did see it coming. John Stepek explains what caused it, and what it tells us about today’s markets.

What do North Korea’s nuclear ambitions mean for markets?

North Korea’s latest nuclear test has shaken the markets. John Stepek looks at what the increasing global tension means for your portfolio.

Can central banks kick the QE habit?

Stimulating the economy through quantitative easing may have averted a slump after the financial crisis – but breaking our addiction to it could spook markets, says Simon Wilson.

What do the charts tell us about what’s going on in the world right now?

John Stepek looks to his six charts that matter for clues to where the global economy is likely to be heading next.

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