When it comes to trade with the EU, imports are as vital as exports

When trading with the EU, exports are clearly important. But cheap, reliable imports keep prices low and give consumers a wider choice.

Prepare your finances for more interest-rate rises

Last week’s interest-rate rise was something of a non-event. But be warned, says John Stepek – Mark Carney isn’t finished. The real fireworks are yet to come.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

Raising interest rates is the right thing to do

It’s very small and long overdue, but the Bank of England’s interest-rate rise offers hope that central banks are beginning to grasp that their extreme policies have serious consequences.

Will China move on North Korea?

China’s President Xi has consolidated his power. His focus may now switch to the nuclear crisis.

Europe should let its regions break free

We shouldn’t fear a splintering of Europe into mini-states, says Matthew Lynn. We should actively encourage it.

The charts that matter: US jobless claims hits a new low

It’s been an eventful week in central bank land, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at how this week’s events have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

This week in MoneyWeek: a new direction for China?

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine, where Xi Jinping may take China next; emerging Europe funds for the brave; and why it pays to plan ahead for your old age.

How the tulip mania of 1636 became the mother of all bubbles

John Stepek looks at what really happened in the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century, and asks what it can tell us about the financial system today.

Eurozone shrugs off Catalonia crisis

Catalonia’s bid for independence has caused jitters in markets recently. But the standoff with Madrid looks unlikely to cause a major correction.

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