Economy

Italy: one big threat to strike off your worry list for 2019

Some investors are worried that Italy’s huge debt combined with its populist government could spark another crisis in the eurozone. But it won’t come to that, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

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.

Brexit: still on course, all things considered

Despite the overwhelmingly remain-leaning sentiments of the House of Commons, Brexit is proceeding relatively well, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The employment miracle goes global

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

Britain is running out of water

Drier summers and a rapidly growing population mean parts of Britain will run out of water in 25 years. What can we do about it, and how much would it cost?

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.

Turkey is in trouble again

Turkey’s currency has slipped to an eight-month low against the US dollar, after a 40% slump in the first half of last year. The economy shrank by 3% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and inflation has reached almost 20%.

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.

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