Global economy

When Ben Bernanke says “don’t worry”, smart investors get nervous

The “inverted yield curve” is an unusually reliable indicator of impending recession. Ben Bernanke, former Fed chairman, thinks it’s nothing to worry about. He’s wrong, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

America’s attack on global trade

The US president’s tariffs threaten to paralyse the World Trade Organisation – and could ultimately unravel the entire post-war multilateral trading system, says Marina Gerner.

Republicans rattled by Trump

The president’s party puts up with a lot – but cosying up to Putin was too much.

What are leveraged loans and why should you worry about them?

Investors are flocking to “leveraged loans”. John Stepek explains what they are and why they could send markets into a downward spiral.

China: a bad time to tussle over tariffs

Investors may be overestimating China’s vulnerability to a trade war, but a slowing economy and an overheated property market, it’s not a good time.

Trump fires first shots in trade war

Donald Trump has fired the first shots in a US-China trade war, slapping tariffs on $34bn of Chinese imports, with another $16bn to follow soon.

Calling time on the supranationals

Countries are lining up to assert their sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That’s bad news for supranational organisations.

The global trade war is escalating fast

Donald Trump’s trade war is the biggest threat to the global economy and to world markets. Things are going to get messy, says John Stepek. Here’s what it all means.

The EU’s shrinking budget

We’ve heard a lot about how Brexit will affect the UK’s finances. But what impact will it have on the EU’s? Simon Wilson reports.

The global trade war has kicked off

With the US now collecting 25% tariffs on some imports from China, we’re now in a global trade war, says John Stepek. Here’s what it means for your portfolio.

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