Global economy

Why investors could get a pleasant surprise this year

The mood among investors is gloomy, but it wouldn’t take much to cheer them up. And central banks could well oblige, says John Stepek.

Albert Edwards: the financial ice age is coming

Ultra bear Albert Edwards told a conference in London this month that yields on US government debt will slide below zero percent during the next recession.

Who suffers most if China slumps?

Worries are mounting that China, which accounted for a third of global GDP growth in 2017, could now become a drag on the global economy.

Are we facing another subprime crisis?

Fears are growing that leveraged loans – a high-risk section of the corporate debt market – could cause a subprime mortgage-style meltdown. Marina Gerner reports.

Betting on politics: Sweden's unstable coalition

Is another general election on the way for Sweden? Political betting expert Matthew Partridge weighs up the odds.

A violent crackdown in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe remains on edge following a violent crackdown on fuel-price protests that has left 12 people dead.

Measuring the markets' malaise

Investors have plenty to worry about, but the end of the world is not nigh, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Just position your portfolio accordingly.

No birthday party for the euro

The single currency project is now 20 years old. But is there anything to celebrate? Emily Hohler reports.

Why Apple’s sales warning has rattled the currency markets

Apple’s admission that sales will be lower than expected is clearly a problem for the tech giant. But it has much bigger implications for the global economy as a whole. John Stepek explains why.

The economic consequences of veganism

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas turkey. But should you leave the poor beasts alone next year and serve tofu on the big day instead? Stuart Watkins reports.

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