US economy

Chart of the week: America goes shopping

The banking crisis forced US consumers to deleverage. Between 2008 and 2013 they worked off 12% of their borrowings – having spent the 63 previous years growing them.

Heading for default

Turkey will set off the next emerging-market crisis

Will the Republicans turn on Trump?

Donald Trump’s sacking of FBI chief James Comey has attracted suspicion over his dealings with the Russians.

The calm before the storm?

Investors are taking today’s turbulent times all in their stride, says Andrew Van Sickle. They could be in for a shock.

Is the US economy holding up under Trump?

Annualised growth of 0.7% in Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office is the economy’s worst performance since the first three months of 2014. What was that about “making America great again”?

US workers rejoice! US shareholders – maybe not so much

US unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis. That means higher wages are on their way. But that’s not good news for everyone, says John Stepek.

Trump’s trumpeted tax plan is a dud

Donald Trump’s tax plans, designed to grapple with a tax code of 70,000 pages, amounted to just a one-page briefing.

Was it fake news wot won it?

The Brexit vote and the US presidential election were swung by shadowy firms using sophisticated but underhand new techniques, say critics. Simon Wilson reports.

Trump’s Cuban missile crisis

The Trump administration is attempting a balancing act on North Korea – and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

US data does the splits

The gulf between business and consumer sentiment and official statistics int he US hasn’t been this wide since 2000, according to Morgan Stanley.

What’s coming next – inflation, deflation or more muddling through?

Whether we can expect prices to rise or fall is one of the most important questions facings investors. Dominic Frisby looks to the charts for a clue.

Trump stumbles at first hurdle

Trump has withdrawn legislation to repeal his predecessor’s Affordable Care Act due to lack of support. What does this mean for his presidency – and for markets? Simon Wilson reports.

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