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Oil

Coronavirus is a "black swan" event for oil

The coronavirus outbreak is leaving the energy industry facing the prospect of no overall demand growth for the calendar year. 
15 Feb 2020
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China's economy

Has Hong Kong become a failed state?

Hong Kong cannot protect its citizens, provide basic services or command the trust of its people, and it is failing to provide the safety and stabilit…
14 Feb 2020
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Stockmarkets

Stocks shrug off the coronavirus outbreak

Investors have shrugged off the disruption to the markets caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.
14 Feb 2020
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China's economy

Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus

Chinese policymakers have announced new stimulus measures to contain the fallout from the coronavirus. Asset managers are already positioning themselv…
6 Feb 2020
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US stockmarkets

Coronavirus scare obscures US profit picture

With the spread of the coronavirus occupying the news, investors may have missed some interesting developments in US corporate earnings
6 Feb 2020
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Emerging markets

India’s drive for economic reform weakens

India's government is neglecting economic reform in favour of pushing nationalist policies
5 Feb 2020
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Emerging markets

The best way to invest in the potential of the Philippines

The Philippines is a country with fast growth, a young population and plenty of domestic demand to offset global trade turbulence. Here's the best way…
3 Feb 2020
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Government bonds

Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates

Could Sweden be poised to return to negative interest rates?
31 Jan 2020
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Government bonds

Bond party back on for investors – for now

Fear of the coronavirus has sent investors retreating to their habitual comfort zone: government bonds.
30 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Coronavirus fear goes viral in the markets

The coronavirus outbreak is bringing back memories of the 2003 Sars epidemic, which cost the world economy $40bn.
30 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Bullish investors return to emerging markets

The ink had barely dried on the US-China trade deal before the bulls began pouring into emerging markets.
27 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now

Markets brightened up after China agreed to import more from the US and America greed to lower some tariffs on Chinese goods. But the trade war is far…
27 Jan 2020
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News

The drastic decline of the market for coal

The price of coal price fell by almost a third last year as the world turns its back on the dirty fuel
24 Jan 2020
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European stockmarkets

Can Europe's stockmarket rise keep going?

The eurozone’s stockmarkets had an excellent 2019. But there are serious doubts about their ability to repeat the performance in 2020.
24 Jan 2020
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Currencies

The currencies to bet on this year

The US dollar could be set to weaken this year, while the euro, Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc could be good bets for optimistic traders.
17 Jan 2020
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Commodities

Commodities look cheap

Gold may be on a bull run, but industrial commodities, including copper, zinc and aluminium, remain cheap.
17 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Why investors should be “cautiously bullish” for 2020

Analysts have been out in force making rosy predictions for stockmarkets in 2020, but while there is certainly a case for optimism, investors should r…
17 Jan 2020
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Economy

US vs Iran: threat of war shakes the world

America’s assassination of a key figure in the Iranian regime has jolted bullish investors out of their complacency. Could we now be facing an oil spi…
9 Jan 2020
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Economy

Is the bull-run in stocks out of breath?

American equities soared beyond expectations this year. Yet after a year of outsize returns, most expect a far more modest showing in 2020.
27 Dec 2019
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Economy

Sweden ditches negative interest rates

Sweden has ended its experiment with negative interest rates. The Sveriges Riksbank, the world’s oldest central bank, has raised the main interest rat…
26 Dec 2019
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Economy

Emerging economies find their feet

This year saw a return to normal for emerging markets. It’s a far cry from 2018, which brought misery for those betting on the world’s fastest-growing…
26 Dec 2019
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Emerging markets

South Africa is running out of time to reform its economy

Unless South Africa institutes economic reforms, including greater fiscal discipline, a clampdown on corruption, and easing labour laws, it risks losi…
22 Dec 2019
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Oil

Rising output will keep a lid on the oil price

Oil exporters’ cartel Opec gave further encouragement to the bulls this month after agreeing to new production curbs.
20 Dec 2019
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China economy

China’s maturing corporate bond market

Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt in record numbers. And the trouble could spread to state-owned enterprises.
20 Dec 2019
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Stock markets

Easy money propels stocks to new highs

Interest-rate cuts in the US and renewed quantitative easing in Europe have driven rally in global equities, driving stocks ever higher.
19 Dec 2019
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Economy

Australia looks to be heading for quantitative easing

Australia looks like it could be the next big economy to join the quantitative easing (QE) club.
13 Dec 2019
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Stock markets

Markets are in a festive mood

With the MSCI World index up more than 21% and the FTSE All-World index loitering just shy of all-time high, markets are determined to end the year in…
13 Dec 2019
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Bonds

The bond bubble has yet again failed to burst

2019 looks set to go down as the year in which the bond bubble yet again failed to burst
13 Dec 2019
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Economy

Yet more fiscal stimulus announced in Japan

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced a ¥13.2trn fiscal package to repair damage caused by October’s Typhoon, put new digital technology int…
12 Dec 2019
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Commodities

Diamonds lose their shine for investors

Diamond miners are in dire straits. The $90bn market is being squeezed by demand and supply problems and faces a long-term threat from manufactured ge…
6 Dec 2019
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Economy

Cracks spread in China's fragile economy

China's annual economic growth is forecast to dip below 6% in the final quarter of this year and continue to fall into 2020 thanks to weaker exports a…
6 Dec 2019
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House prices

Have UK house prices turned the corner?

The average price of a house in the UK rose by 0.8% on the year in November, the fastest pace since April.
5 Dec 2019
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Economy

Trump’s trade war tantrum returns with new tariffs

This week the US president unleashed surprise tariffs on Brazilian and Argentine steel imports.
5 Dec 2019
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Stockmarkets

UK stocks prepare for a "Boris bounce"

UK stocks could be in line for a bounce if the election result reduces political uncertainty.
29 Nov 2019
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Currencies

Is the US dollar doomed?

The stars are aligning for a weaker US dollar, which would be good news for the world economy.
29 Nov 2019
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Oil

Brace yourself for pricier oil

Global growth, and hence demand for oil, could surprise on the upside next year, leading to a bounce in the oil price.
29 Nov 2019
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