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Alex Rankine

US approves ‘‘bitcoin lite’’ ETFs
Bitcoin & crypto

US approves ‘‘bitcoin lite’’ ETFs

The US financial regulator has begun approving bitcoin-themed exchange-traded funds, but with important caveats.
15 Oct 2021
Emerging-market central banks take on inflation
Emerging markets

Emerging-market central banks take on inflation

Central banks in Poland, Russia, Mexico and Brazil have been raising interest rates to get ahead of global inflationary pressures.
15 Oct 2021
The world faces a chilly winter as energy prices climb
Energy

The world faces a chilly winter as energy prices climb

The gas crisis has revealed Europe’s dependence on imported gas, but the rest of the world is facing higher bills too.
15 Oct 2021
India: the next global growth engine
Emerging markets

India: the next global growth engine

India's stockmarket is booming, up by 37% so far this year, and the BSE Sensex index has delivered an annualised return over the last five years of mo…
15 Oct 2021
Post-Covid travel is now less testing as the rules get simpler
Personal finance

Post-Covid travel is now less testing as the rules get simpler

With the scrapping of the amber and green travel lists, the rules governing re-entry to the UK have finally been simplified.
15 Oct 2021
What happened to the commodities supercycle?
Commodities

What happened to the commodities supercycle?

There was much talk earlier this year of a commodities supercycle. But even as energy markets boom, other commodities have come back down to earth.
9 Oct 2021
Japan’s new prime minister rattles the markets
Japan stockmarkets

Japan’s new prime minister rattles the markets

Investors appear unimpressed with Fumio Kishida, the man chosen to succeed Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s prime minister.
8 Oct 2021
The spectre of stagflation shakes stockmarkets
Stockmarkets

The spectre of stagflation shakes stockmarkets

Stockmarkets are getting increasingly jumpy about stagflation, the combination of economic stagnation and high inflation, with America’s S&P 500 down …
8 Oct 2021
How Britain’s DIY divorce boom can help you split up without costing the earth
Personal finance

How Britain’s DIY divorce boom can help you split up without costing the earth

A “do-it-yourself” approach can greatly reduce lawyers’ fees when getting divorced. But do be careful.
5 Oct 2021
British stocks are due a bounce
UK stockmarkets

British stocks are due a bounce

The FTSE 100 has gone virtually nowhere since 2000. But it could be heading for happier years ahead.
1 Oct 2021
The taper tantrum begins
Government bonds

The taper tantrum begins

Markets had so far shrugged off the prospect of central-bank monetary tightening. But not any more.
1 Oct 2021
China comes close to banning cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

China comes close to banning cryptocurrencies

Chinese regulators have effectively banned cryptocurrencies, declaring all transactions to be “illegal financial activities”.
1 Oct 2021
Gas prices explode – and oil prices will follow
Energy

Gas prices explode – and oil prices will follow

After gas prices hit new highs, Brent crude oil prices have broken through $80 a barrel for the first time in almost three years.
1 Oct 2021
Are Spacs just for suckers?
Investment strategy

Are Spacs just for suckers?

This year has seen a big boom in activity by special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) in the US and the Spac craze is spreading to other markets…
21 Sep 2021
When should you upgrade your smartphone?
Personal finance

When should you upgrade your smartphone?

How do you know when it’s time to replace an old mobile phone?
21 Sep 2021
Uranium price is melting up
Commodities

Uranium price is melting up

The price of uranium has hit an eight-year high after being in the doldrums for much of the past decade
17 Sep 2021
Are stockmarkets heading for a fall?
Stockmarkets

Are stockmarkets heading for a fall?

America’s S&P 500 stockmarket index has gained 30% over the past year. Valuations may be high, but that doesn't necessarily mean investors should sell…
17 Sep 2021
Evergrande: China’s epic property bubble hisses air
Chinese economy

Evergrande: China’s epic property bubble hisses air

Evergrande, once the world’s most valuable real-estate group, is now the world's most indebted as China's epic property bubble starts to deflate.
17 Sep 2021
How to stop recurring subscriptions becoming a drain on your money
Personal finance

How to stop recurring subscriptions becoming a drain on your money

Tracking and pruning subscriptions isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here's how to take charge.
14 Sep 2021
China’s new small-cap stockmarket
China stockmarkets

China’s new small-cap stockmarket

China has announced plans to establish a new stock exchange in Beijing that will be aimed at small and medium-sized firms.
10 Sep 2021
Japanese stockmarket enjoys a “Suga rush” as PM steps down
Japan stockmarkets

Japanese stockmarket enjoys a “Suga rush” as PM steps down

The Japanese stockmarket has hit a 30-year high following the resignation of prime minister Yoshihide Suga.
10 Sep 2021
Change is coming to the German stockmarket as the Dax index expands
European stockmarkets

Change is coming to the German stockmarket as the Dax index expands

Germany's benchmark Dax stock index is to expand to 40 companies from the current 30 amid a broader shakeup of the German stockmarket.
10 Sep 2021
Gold regains some of its shine
Gold

Gold regains some of its shine

The gold price perked up this week, hitting a four-week high.
3 Sep 2021
Covid's Delta variant dents Vietnam’s economic growth
Emerging markets

Covid's Delta variant dents Vietnam’s economic growth

Southeast Asia is suffering from its worst wave of Covid infections since the pandemic began. And with just 3% of its population vaccinated, Vietnam's…
3 Sep 2021
Global debt pile reaches war-time levels
Global Economy

Global debt pile reaches war-time levels

Global governments' fiscal support measures has left us with “war-time era” debt levels. A reckoning is inevitable.
3 Sep 2021
So much for the taper tantrum
Government bonds

So much for the taper tantrum

Rather than throwing a tantrum at the prospect of a cut in US monetary stimulus, as confirmed by US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, investors …
3 Sep 2021
How to capitalise on the secondhand car boom
Personal finance

How to capitalise on the secondhand car boom

A new-car shortage is forcing car buyers to turn to the used market. Alex Rankine breaks down why.
27 Aug 2021
The trouble with dumb “smart” gas and electricity meters
Personal finance

The trouble with dumb “smart” gas and electricity meters

The widely trumpeted smart meters for gas and electricity are a fiddly and expensive mess.
24 Aug 2021
Will King Dollar lose his crown?
Currencies

Will King Dollar lose his crown?

The US dollar is the world’s leading reserve currency. But it might not always be.
20 Aug 2021
A transitory respite from inflation
Inflation

A transitory respite from inflation

UK consumer prices rose by 2% year-on-year in July – less than expected. And in the US, month-on-month inflation fell to 0.5%, down from 0.9% in June.…
20 Aug 2021
America’s red-hot housing market
Property

America’s red-hot housing market

US house prices soared by 16.6% in the year to May, and the rally looks like it will keep on going.
20 Aug 2021
Malaysia’s stockmarket sliding down a slippery slope
Emerging markets

Malaysia’s stockmarket sliding down a slippery slope

An explosion of Covid-19 cases, strict lockdowns and political gridlock has made this a difficult year for Malaysia. And now, investors are pulling ou…
20 Aug 2021
How can you avoid paying inheritance tax?
Tax

How can you avoid paying inheritance tax?

Middle-class families are being trapped by a tax designed for the rich reports Alex Rankine. He explains ways which inheritance tax (IHT) can be avoid…
12 Aug 2021
The return of antimicrobial resistance – the silent pandemic
Economy

The return of antimicrobial resistance – the silent pandemic

Before the advent of antibiotics, a small cut could be fatal, and surgery and childbirth were extremely hazardous. Is the rise of antimicrobial resist…
12 Aug 2021
US stocks ignore stellar earnings growth
Stockmarkets

US stocks ignore stellar earnings growth

US companies are posting …
12 Aug 2021
Australia faces recession
Economy

Australia faces recession

With Covid gaining a foothold, strict lockdowns in place and low rates of vaccination, Australia looks vulnerable.
6 Aug 2021