Economy

The charts that matter: the Fed chucks investors a bone

With America’s central bank sounding more likely to cut short-term interest rates, John Stepek looks at how it affects the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Has Bolsonaro blown it for Brazil?

Brazil’s Ibovespa stockmarket benchmark has given investors a thrilling ride over the past few months, but reality is now beginning to set in.

Who will be the next PM?

The next PM will be decided by 124,000 Tory party members. But will a new PM change anything?

Trump turns his trade guns on Mexico

Locked in an impasse with China, the White House has now also initiated a major trade escalation with Mexico.

Tiananmen Square: 30th anniversary of a massacre

It’s been 30 years since the Tiananmen Square protests and reform looks as distant as ever. Matthew Partridge reports.

Central banks might not be able to save us from what’s coming next

Markets are getting jittery. They’re looking to the US central bank to step in. So, asks John Stepek, will the Federal Reserve cut interest rates? And what happens if it does?

The global collapse in trust has driven a secret bull market in gold

In times like these, when trust in everything – governments, the media, science, democracy itself – has evaporated, gold is doing just what it’s supposed to, says Dominic Frisby. It’s getting more valuable.

Is Donald Trump a genius? Or should we simply take him at face value?

After Donald Trump’s election, the market gave him the benefit of the doubt. That may have been a mistake. And its unwillingness to change its mind may prove costly. John Stepek explains why confirmation bias is such a dangerous thing.

Five key tasks for the next prime minister

Our next prime minister should not obsess about Brexit, but face up to other pressing issues, says Matthew Lynn.

Is inequality on the rise?

Inequality isn’t rising – at least not in Britain – and not in purely economic terms as measured by income. But the big picture is more complicated. Simon Wilson reports.

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