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.

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.

Steve Eisman: beware Canada's property bubble

Steve Eisman, managing director of Neuberger Berman, is worried about Canada’s housing bubble; gloomy on Deutsche Bank; and sceptical of cryptocurrencies.

Chart of the week: who will suffer most in a trade war?

If the trade war between the US and China worsens, both countries’ growth will suffer as they raise barriers against a wider range of goods and make it harder for foreign companies to gain footholds.

Corporate bonds: where the next financial crisis will start

The next financial crisis could start in corporate bonds, as credit quality has deteriorated over the past few years and decades.

Populists take power in Italy – what does that mean for the markets?

The election of two populist parties, the Northern League and the 5-Star Movement, could shake things up in Italy and beyond.

Italy is not this year’s problem – but it could be a big deal in 2019

Italy is to be governed by a coalition of radical populist parties. But so far, markets have taken it in their stride. John Stepek looks at how long that can last.

Will Brexit be good or bad for Britain’s small firms?

Matthew Partridge talks to Mark Brownridge of the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association about the future for Britain’s small firms in a post-Brexit world.

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