Global economy

Which countries sell citizenship and how much it costs

Fancy living in a European capital, or gaining citizenship of a Caribbean island? If you have deep enough pockets, the world is your oyster, says Alex Rankine.

How the shipping container created today’s global economy

Shipping containers standardised many aspects of trade, allowing globalisation to flourish and radically changing the world we live in. Hector Reid looks into the story behind the metal boxes, and explains how they work.

A climate of positive change?

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Whatever people’s views are on the current state of capitalism, it is hard to deny that it has created a huge amount of economic growth. But this has come at considerable cost, and we cannot continue developing without tackling these costs.

BlackRock is wrong: nationalising capitalism is a bad idea

Asset manager BlackRock thinks the ECB should start buying equities. But that would distort pricing signals; be anti-free markets; and would be almost impossible to unwind, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The next race to the moon begins

Fifty years ago man landed on the moon – a remarkable technological achievement that seemed to portend great changes. Those transformations didn’t come. They might yet, says Simon Wilson.

The materials challenge – from linear to circular

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Plastic pollution is now one of the top global priorities. But while dealing with this situation is vital, a more nuanced look at the broader materials sector can reap additional rewards for investors, says Mike Appleby of Liontrust.

Nouriel Roubini: recession is certain

Nouriel Roubini, described by Bloomberg as a “renowned doomsayer”, is concerned that we are heading for a global recession next year.

The charts that matter: a quandary for the Fed

The yield curve is putting pressure on the Federal reserve to cut interest rates. But the economic data doesn’t support that. John Stepek looks at what the charts that matter most to the global economy are saying this week.

Will Trump’s visit to North Korea lead to a nuclear deal?

Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea this week. But will anything come of it?

Trade-war ceasefire boosts stockmarkets

Stockmarkets sighed with relief after the G20 summit in Japan brought a handshake between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

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