Growth in Japan, the world’s third-largest economy after the US and China, rebounded strongly in the fourth quarter thanks to solid spending by households and businesses.
Articles written by Marina Gerner
With the US economy facing headwinds from trade wars to slowing global growth, talk of a recession is picking up.
The oil price has risen by nearly 25% so far in 2019, well in advance of any developed-world stockmarket. But the surge may not get a lot higher from here.
Germany’s GDP growth was below the eurozone’s average at just 1.4% in 2018, down from 2.2% in 2017. And it’s all down to reliance on what was once Germany’s biggest strength: exports.
The US property market has seen some of the weakest data since house prices finally began to recover after the financial crisis.
The gloom on South Korea may be overdone and investors may be in line for not only rising stock prices, but rising dividends too.
Brazilian stocks have taken off since Jair Bolsonaro took office. But may return to earth just as quickly.
Thailand has been in political turmoil for years, and the constant tension has hampered efforts to introduce structural reforms to boost efficiency.
Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.
Gold’s reputation as a safe haven is also coming to the fore now that markets have become more volatile and the political backdrop less predictable.