Global economy

The charts that matter: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

The Green New Deal: a bold plan to save the planet

The Green New Deal proposed by a group of US politicians would be expensive and unworkable, says Matthew Partridge.

A trade war in the US is just the most obvious of China’s problems

The US wants to completely overhaul its trade relationship with China. That will have a significant effect on China’s economy. But it’s got plenty of other problems to worry about, too, says John Stepek.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

The world has had enough of billionaires

As the tide of public opinion turns against those with too much money, there could be uncomfortable times ahead for the world’s billionaires, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It’s time to take power back from the plutocrats

Tony Blair and Bill Gates aren’t big fans of author Anand Giridharadas. But Merryn Somerset Webb finds he has a lot of good points on plutocrats and the do-gooders of Davos.

Venezuela’s failed revolution

Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian revolution promised a 21st-century socialism that would lift the poor out of poverty and democratise the country. The result has been catastrophe. Simon Wilson reports.

Two top themes for 2019

Bet on Japanese corporate-governance reform and healthy small US banks, says David Stevenson.

How to invest in a world weighed down by debt

Merryn Somerset Webb talks with Bruce Stout of the Murray International investment trust about how investors can protect their wealth and make money in our over-indebted world.

The Fed finally gets it – all that matters is the S&P 500

To the delight of investors, Jerome Powell has finally capitulated and embraced the “Greenspan put”. That could mean a stockmarket melt-up, says John Stepek – and full steam ahead to the next crisis.

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