Global economy

What to buy in a world of negative interest rates

The world’s most bizarre financial experiment ever – negative interest rates – continues. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at how investors should respond.

Money Minute, Monday 2 September: the week ahead

Welcome to Monday’s Money Minute – in which we preview the big stories of the week ahead in just 60 seconds.

Why the Amazon has gone up in flames

The Amazon rainforest is suffering from the worst spate of fires in years. Does it matter? And how can the blazes be stopped?

The charts that matter: the dollar strikes back

As the US dollar index heads higher, John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

How Adam Smith predicted today’s wave of moral outrage

The rash of incivility, virtue signalling and outrage on social media is just the latest manifestation of a phenomenon Adam Smith knew only too well, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The US-China decoupling means things will be tough for a generation of investors

The new Cold War between the US and China means that the next three decades will be very different to the last three – and that’s going to make investing very complicated indeed.

The charts that matter: markets hold their breath

The yield curve suggested a recession was on the way when it inverted – but that could be up to two years away. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to investors to see which way the markets are turning.

Is capitalism doomed?

Unless the world’s multinational corporations get their act together, capitalism is heading for trouble, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of augmented reality, we might finally be about to turn that corner.

It’s getting harder and harder for central banks to bail us out

Central bankers put their heads together today at their annual shindig at Jackson Hole, says John Stepek. But they’re fast running out of big ideas.

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