Global economy

Russia is heading into uncharted territory – Putin could soon face the chop

The Russian rouble may have stopped falling, but its economy still faces a long, cold winter. Is Putin’s position under threat? Dr Matthew Partridge investigates.

The US dollar will keep going up – whatever the Fed does in 2015

Whatever the Federal Reserve does with interest rates, the US dollar will carry on getting stronger. And that means the ‘real’ economy could benefit at the expense of the financial one. John Stepek explains how.

Here’s how my 12 predictions for 2014 turned out

With 2014 drawing to a close, Dominic Frisby looks back over the last 12 months to see how the predictions he made at the start of the year panned out.

Russia is the first casualty of the oil price crash – it won’t be the last

Russia’s drastic interest-rate hike is a sure sign the country’s in trouble. But as John Stepek explains, it’s not the only market that’s feeling the pain.

Chart of the week: Pick the right stockmarket sectors

As the tumbling oil price has shown, it pays to back the right stockmarket sectors during a recovery.

Abenomics will remain on track

Japan’s Shinzo Abe is struggling. So he has called a snap general election to shore up his position and confirm that voters back his strategy. But Abenomics should remain on track.

Oil plunges to a five-year low

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half since the summer, with possible further lows to come.

The dollar makes its move – and the only way is up

About once a decade, the dollar makes a world-shaking lurch. It’s time to prepare for the next one, says James Ferguson.

FTSE 100 up in early trade but investors remain wary

The FTSE 100 opened higher this morning, despite headwinds from Japan and Europe.

The biggest threat to investors today – the US recovery

The US economic recovery is good news for the average American. But it might not be for the rest of the world. John Stepek explains how it could derail financial markets.

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