Global economy

Get set for an inflation scare

Investors are getting complacent about inflation. They should prepare themselves for a fright.

Argentina is reverting to type

The Argentine peso has been the worst-performing currency against the dollar this year, and more misery could be in store.

Venezuelan crisis reaches boiling point

An attempt to topple the regime led by Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela seems to have stalled.

Ten years after the great financial crisis, things could have been so different

The shock waves from the great financial crisis have finally reached the shore. Turns out socialism for the rich doesn’t play well with electorates, says Tim Price.

Don’t expect strong US growth to mean higher interest rates

America’s economy is growing much faster than expected. Under normal circumstances, you might expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. But that won’t happen, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The charts that matter: the US economy’s big surprise

US economic growth absolutely hammered expectations for the first quarter. John Stepek looks at what that means to the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

The biggest threat to investors right now is the strong US dollar

The year so far has been epic for investors. But with the US dollar hitting a two-year high, things could be about to change. John Stepek explains why.

Ukraine elects a neophyte as president

Volodymyr Zelensky was previously famous as a comedian who played a character from a TV series, who becomes president by chance. Now he gets to play the role for real.

Grossly distorted GDP statistics need an overhaul

Gross domestic product (GDP) is our main gauge of economic output. It has always been dodgy, but in the digital age we may need to dispense with it entirely, says Max King.

Here’s the real reason oil prices are soaring – it’s not all about Iran

The US is tightening sanctions on Iran and cracking down on its oil exports. But that’s not why the oil price has hit a new high, says John Stepek.

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