Economy

Germany on the brink

GDP in Europe’s largest economy fell 0.1% in the second quarter and early signs for this quarter are ominous. Alex Rankine reports.

Doomsday clock approaches midnight

The inverted yield curve on US Treasuries spells trouble for investors. Alex Rankine reports.

Is capitalism doomed?

Unless the world’s multinational corporations get their act together, capitalism is heading for trouble, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of augmented reality, we might finally be about to turn that corner.

It’s getting harder and harder for central banks to bail us out

Central bankers put their heads together today at their annual shindig at Jackson Hole, says John Stepek. But they’re fast running out of big ideas.

How the success of the Edinburgh Fringe proves that Adam Smith was right

Self-interest was a powerful motivator in making the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the phenomenal success it is today, says Dominic Frisby.

Betting on politics: bets for the US presidency

Matthew Partridge weighs up the odds on the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination.

Are we about to see an epic splurge of government spending?

Investors are worried that central banks are running out of ways to “stimulate” economic growth, writes John Stepek. Never mind – there’s always the government.

If this company manages to go public, it just has to mark the top of the market

Inverting yield curves and trade wars are all very worrying, says John Stepek. But nothing says “top of the market” like the stockmarket-listing of this company.

Should we protect national champions?

Ever since the Thatcher era, Britain has been relaxed about the nationality of buyers of its industrial assets. But is that always wise? Alex Rankine reports.

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