Economy

The charts that matter – the yield curve is dangerously close to inverting

The Federal Reserve’s renewed dovishness has had a dramatic effect on the yield curve. John Stepek explains what that means, and looks at the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy

A shake-up at Japanese corporations

Improved corporate governance, better relationships with shareholders and more companies paying dividends. Japanese corporations are finally getting their act together.

Investors flee European equities

Slowing GDP growth and disappointing data has prompted the longest run of persistent outflows from European equities in a decade.

Trump’s budget is a wily political move

The US president gears up for negotiations with budgets that have no hope of passing. Emily Hohler reports.

Mr Charisma takes aim at the presidency

US congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced his candidacy for the presidency and he’s off to a flying start.

A revival of Thai democracy?

Thailand’s election will be flawed, but it’s a step forward. Matthew Partridge reports.

Britain is in a political mess, but not an economic one

Given the political mess the country is in, you might assume that Britain was in economic meltdown. But in truth, we are enjoying something of a purple patch.

The Federal Reserve is doing what markets want – so why aren’t they going up?

At its latest meeting, the Federal Reserve surprised everyone by being even more dovish than expected. But markets aren’t exactly roaring ahead. John Stepek explains why.

The latest Brexit twist means a long delay seems ever more likely

The speaker of the House of Commons has thrown a spanner in the works of Brexit that will prolong the process even further. John Stepek looks at the risks to your money.

Betting on politics: America's next president

The winner of next year’s US presidential contest is a tough call to make, says Matthew Partridge. Just don’t rule out Mike Pence.

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