Economy

Germany on the brink

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GDP in Europe’s largest economy fell 0.1% in the second quarter and early signs for this quarter are ominous. Alex Rankine reports.

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.

The charts that matter: the great bond bubble revisited

A slide in bond yields this week has driven the yield curve lower. John Stepek looks at how this has affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

India: set to join the global top three

Victory in India’s elections for Narendra Modi’s BJP sent the main BSE Sensex Index surging to a record high.

Bond yields are back at record lows – why are investors so scared?

Government bond yields have slumped to their lowest level ever as investors flee to the safety of sovereign debt. John Stepek explains what’s got everyone so worried.

Reasons to be cheerful about Britain's economy

For all the noise about Brexit, Britain’s economy is very resilient, with good GDP growth; unemployment at its lowest for 44 years; and retail sales up more than 5% year-on-year.

How to insulate your wealth from a Corbyn government

The European Parliamentary elections and PM Theresa May’s resignation have opened up a path to power for a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn, and he’s not exactly investor-friendly, says John Stepek.

Italy’s debt is in the news again. You can ignore it – but only for now

Italy’s debt is sitting at 132% of GDP. And it’s looking to spend more. That’s not a problem for investors right now, says John Stepek. But there is another potential flashpoint on the horizon.

What will it take for us to value real stuff again?

The intangible economy has ballooned in recent decades and today it looks all but unassailable. Dominic Frisby looks at what could bring it back down to earth.

The European elections mattered a lot more than you think

The European elections revealed nothing more than that the country is still as divided as ever about Brexit. So, what’s changed? Well, says John Stepek – quite a lot actually.

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