Global economy

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

How to sell the free market

Forget about France’s Emmanuel Macron, says Matthew Lynn. If you want to know how to sell the free market, look to Germany’s Christian Lindner.

Chris Iggo: watch the demographics

Investors should keep an eye on population growth in developed countries, reckons Axa Investment Managers’ Chris Iggo.

BIS: another crisis looms

The Swiss-based Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an association of central banks, is concerned that the economic recovery could end “with a vengeance”.

How 0% interest rates have mutated our economy

John Stepek explains just how much damage has been done to the economy by keeping interest rates at virtually zero percent.

The real reason central bankers don’t want to raise interest rates

Interest rates have remained at “emergency levels” since the financial crisis of 2008, despite solid economic growth around the world. John Stepek explains what’s really going on.

The crisis in Qatar tearing the Gulf apart

Several countries in the Middle East and Africa have cut all ties with the small Gulf state of Qatar. Finding a solution to the dispute will not be easy. Alex Rankine reports.

Opec is drowning in shale oil

Try as it might, says Alice Gråhns, oil cartel Opec just can’t seem to mop up the oil glut.

“Mr Everything” takes control in Saudi

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has “ousted” his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his favourite son, Mohammed bin Salman.

The next big emerging-market meltdown

Turkey is heading for default, says Jonathan Compton, and the resulting global domino effect should not be underestimated. Investors should stand clear.

Oil is back in a bear market - how much longer will it last?

The oil price has fallen to around $45 a barrel. John Stepek examines the reasons behind the oil bear market, and asks how much further prices are likely to fall.

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