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Iran sanctions: Trump’s biggest gamble yet

America’s decision to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal won’t just hurt the Iranian economy. Higher oil prices and rising geopolitical tensions may also have wider consequences. Simon Wilson reports.

Tax cuts: the Laffer Curve strikes again

When Donald Trump slashed taxes, pundits predicted doom. They should have known better, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: the end of an era

Gold has finally cracked and dipped below $1,300 an ounce. John Stepek looks at how that and the rest of the charts that matter affect the global economy.

Book in the news: a lively account of a turbulent relationship

Book review: From Cold War to Hot Peace
Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s account is part personal memoir and part overview of US-Russian relations in the last 40 years.

High stakes in Asian waters

Book review: Asian Waters
The struggle for supremacy in the South China Sea.

Higher oil prices are here to stay. Here’s why, and what to buy

Matthew Partridge talks to Richard Hulf of the Artemis Global Energy Fund about the state of the oil industry, why US shale is overhyped, and what he’s buying now.

Betting on politics: who will win the Lewisham East by-election?

Matthew Partridge casts an eye over the odds for the candidates in the Lewisham East by-election.

North Korea wavers over nuclear talks

Kim Jong-un’s wavering over nuclear talks with the US could be bluff or it could be cold feet. But it’s too early to write the summit off yet.

Trump’s baffling trade U-turn

Matthew Partridge looks at the US president’s surprising reprieve for Chinese firm ZTE.

Ocado’s surge shows what happens when a hated asset springs a surprise

Shares in online grocer Ocado – hated by investors – suddenly spiked. It shows what can happen when sentiment turns, and holds a lesson for the broader UK market.


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