Global economy

Chart of the week: world trade growth has stalled

World trade is struggling to recover from the massive recession caused by the financial crisis.

US-China trade truce: both sides back down

China and America have agreed to a “pretend” trade deal, with details are so thin that the Chinese preferred not to call it a “deal” at all. That didn’t stop the markets cheering.

Trade wars and Brexit: are we really any closer to deals?

With a ceasefire in the US-China trade war and Brexit negotiations entering “the tunnel”, John Stepek asks if we’re any closer to real deals in either, and explains how it all affects your investments.

India’s banking crisis deepens

Bad loans are rising at India’s fourth-largest private bank by assets and the lender needs fresh capital to plug the gap. And it’s not alone.

Money Minute Wednesday 9 October: Japan's “pipeline inflation”

In today’s Money Minute we’ll get data on producer price inflation and machinery orders in Japan.

Are Trump and Xi desperate enough to kiss and make up yet?

Chinese growth is struggling. US markets look vulnerable. But are the two leaders desperate enough to put a positive spin on the next round of trade talks? John Stepek investigates.

The dangers of negative interest rates

Negative interest rates could spark the next financial crisis. And central bankers could end up the object of the public’s wrath, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The charts that matter: recession fears take hold

John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have reacted to fears of a recession.

Is a recession coming? Here’s what to watch out for

Markets have taken a sharp knock recently as fears of a recession have grown. John Stepek looks at what’s got them rattled, and how it affects your investment plans.

Why has the oil market taken the Saudi attack so calmly?

After an initial spike in the oil price, the market seems to have shrugged off the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. John Stepek asks if it was all just a fuss over nothing, or if we could yet see some more big moves.

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