Global economy

Nato at 70: beginning to show its age?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s 70th anniversary represents a huge achievement. But celebrations are being kept to a single day.

Brace yourself – the global economy might be healthier than it looks

Investors have been worried about a global recession since the start of the year. But the latest indicators suggest things might not be so bad. John Stepek looks at what’s changed.

The employment miracle goes global

Britain’s employment figures have never looked better. Thankfully, says Matthew Lynn, we’re not alone.

The charts that matter – a ray of hope in the US employment data

As US unemployment falls again, John Stepek looks at what it means for the markets and the global economy, plus a rundown of the rest of the charts that matter the most.

Inflation will surprise investors

Central banks have revised down their inflation expectations. But the current subdued rate may not last.

Latest recession scare is a false alarm

Markets have been spooked by the inversion of the US bond yield curve, which often – but not always – heralds a recession.

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road project

Italy has become the first G7 nation to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s controversial series of global infrastructure investments.

MMT: shaking the magic money tree

“Modern monetary theory” – or MMT – is all the rage among progressive thinkers, especially in the United States. What is it? And does it stand up to scrutiny? Stuart Watkins reports.

Tourism is booming as China’s consumers head abroad

The world’s biggest travellers are still Europeans, but emerging markets, led by China, are now spearheading a new phase of a long-term upswing in worldwide tourism, says Jonathan Compton.

Corporate zombies are eating our brains

With productivity falling around the world, many fear the global economy is stagnating. That’s possible, says John Stepek. But it could also be that low interest rates are creating a new breed of zombie corporation that’s sapping our ingenuity.

Showing page 8 of 105