Global economy

The true price of paradise

Tynwald, Manx parliament © Getty images

The so-called Paradise Papers have highlighted the use of far-flung remnants of the British Empire as tax havens. The bargain tax rates are looking increasingly costly, says Simon Wilson.

The charts that matter: can Japan lift the iron coffin lid?

Japan’s Topix index has hit the “coffin lid”. John Stepek looks at where it might go from here, and at the rest of the charts that matter.

The next big technology start-up: Saudi Arabia

The desert kingdom is in the throes of radical upheaval – its leader wants to follow Facebook’s example, and “move fast and break things”. Investors should be wary, says John Stepek.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

Will China move on North Korea?

China’s President Xi has consolidated his power. His focus may now switch to the nuclear crisis.

Europe should let its regions break free

We shouldn’t fear a splintering of Europe into mini-states, says Matthew Lynn. We should actively encourage it.

How the tulip mania of 1636 became the mother of all bubbles

John Stepek looks at what really happened in the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century, and asks what it can tell us about the financial system today.

Ecuador and the UK: an interesting study in post-Brexit trade relations

Matthew Partridge talks to Ecuador’s trade minister, Pablo Campana – the Andean country provides an interesting case study for how our own government’s thinking on Brexit is developing.

Central banks and the rapid rise of the multi-billionaire

Central banks’ desperate attempts to avoid deflation have had some unintended consequences, says Merryn Somerset Webb – including a rapid rise in the number of billionaires.

It’s time to reinvent the stockmarket

The free market is very good at replacing old business models that no longer work, says Matthew Lynn. Stockmarkets could become the latest example.

We face a bigger threat than 1987

After the 1987 crash, many expected the worst, says Edward Chancellor. Investors would be wise to be on their guard in case it happens again.

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