Global economy

Chart of the week: a milestone in the developing world

The number of people who don’t have electricity in their home has fallen below one billion for the first time ever.

Globalisation can retreat as well as advance

An awful lot of people think globalisation can only go in one direction – forwards. They’re wrong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The charts that matter: is there one last gasp left in the bull market?

John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to if they can shed any light on the direction of the world’s markets.

Markets slump as the central bank liquidity flood recedes

As central-bank largesse comes to an end, stocks are starting to look very highly valued indeed. Marina Gerner reports.

Iceland’s deep freeze – and thaw

Once a sleepy backwater, the country embraced the credit boom with gusto. Then came the crunch. Ten years on, the economy is back on its feet and its prospects look good, says Simon Wilson.

The real threat to our global economic and political order

Economics and history didn’t end with the fall of communism after all. TS Lombard’s Charles Dumas tells Merryn Somerset Webb where they’re going next.

Philippines ready to rise again

Investors enjoyed a 25% increase in the Philippines’ benchmark index in 2017. This year, however, has been a disappointment.

“Peak Water”: how to invest in a world that’s drying up

There’s water everywhere, but if there is to be a drop to drink in the future, big changes will be needed. Investors can help keep the taps running, says Stuart Watkins.

Australia’s immigration Ponzi scheme

Australia has announced plans to restrict some skilled migrants from living in its largest cities.

Saudi Arabia’s shallow reforms

The disappearance of a critic has sparked a storm. Matthew Partridge reports.

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