Global economy

Veganism: good for the planet, even better for profits

The move towards veganism may be good for the environment (though the jury is still out on that). But the real winner will be the processed food industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

What the trade war truce means for your money

Donald Trump has called a truce in the trade war and won’t be imposing punitive tariffs on Chinese goods. John Stepek looks at what’s behind the decision, and what it means for you.

Charlie Munger: bailing out the banks was the right thing to do

Bailing out the banks using quantitative easing after the 2008 financial crisis was the right thing to do, says Charlie Munger, the vice-president of Berkshire Hathaway.

This is not an easy environment to invest in

The global economy gives. The global economy takes away. Make sure your portfolio is set up to deal with it all.

Wages are picking up – but the market still can’t believe it

Around the world, things are looking up – employment is high and wages are rising. But investors remain fearful. John Stepek explains what’s going on.

The charts that matter: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

The Green New Deal: a bold plan to save the planet

The Green New Deal proposed by a group of US politicians would be expensive and unworkable, says Matthew Partridge.

A trade war in the US is just the most obvious of China’s problems

The US wants to completely overhaul its trade relationship with China. That will have a significant effect on China’s economy. But it’s got plenty of other problems to worry about, too, says John Stepek.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

The world has had enough of billionaires

As the tide of public opinion turns against those with too much money, there could be uncomfortable times ahead for the world’s billionaires, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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