Economy

Hiroshi Mikitani: the visionary who built Japan’s Amazon

Hiroshi Mikitani’s talent for trend-spotting has already made him a billionaire. Now he has his sights firmly set on a new challenge. Jane Lewis reports.

It makes sense to lend to governments

No matter how ramshackle or indebted the country, buying its bonds is rarely a bad idea, says Matthew Lynn.

Who will win the streaming wars?

Netflix is the current leader in the market for online on-demand programming. But the technology and cable-television giants are fighting back. Alex Rankine reports.

The charts that matter: US jobless figures finally hit a fresh low

The four-week moving average of weekly US jobless claims fell to 207,000, the lowest level in nearly 50 years. John Stepek looks at the chart as well as all of the others that matter most to investors.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is calling for a wage-price spiral – inflation is coming

Pressure is building by the day for higher inflation, and the Amazon founder’s call for higher minimum wages is just the latest expression of that. John Stepek explains what that means for your money.

Investors head for India

Voting in the world’s largest election began this week in India and this time investors are looking forward to the results.

Germany: is the gloom overdone?

Industrial orders in Germany have seen their sharpest drop in more than two years, defying hopes of a rebound in Europe’s largest economy. So what’s gone wrong?

Betting on politics: the European elections

With the European elections coming up, Matthew Partridge weighs the odds to see which party is the favourite to grab the most seats – providing they go ahead in Britain.

Sun comes back out on Wall Street

US stocks are going from strength to strength as improved data drives confidence. Marina Gerner reports.

Give us truth and lower taxes, says France

After a nationwide debate, the French government is ready to move towards reforms.

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