Economy

Investors are in the grip of panic – don’t join them

With all that’s going on in the world, who could blame investors for losing their heads? Just remember to hold on to yours, says John Stepek – and stick to the plan.

The threat to Europe’s banks

While the Euro Stoxx index has rallied 15% this year on the prospect of interest-rate cuts, eurozone banks have been notably absent from the festivities.

Time to review your portfolio

It’s always a good idea to see where your portfolio stands at times of market extremes, says John Stepek.

Navigating the weird world of negative interest rates

Investors are paying good money to be allowed to lend money to governments across the world. What on earth is going on, and what does it mean for your money? John Stepek reports.

What is a yield curve, and why should I care if it inverts?

Everybody is talking about the inverted yield curve and how it predicts recessions. John Stepek explains everything you need to know about it and why it matters.

Why you need a plan for when the market panics

A reliable stockmarket warning bell may be about to send investors running for cover, says John Stepek. That’s when you will be glad you have your investment plan in place.

A beginner’s guide to Adam Smith, part II

Ahead of his talk on Adam Smith at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dominic Frisby looks at some of the great economist’s bright ideas.

How negative interest rates could spell the death of cash

In the topsy turvy world of negative interest rates, the pound in your pocket undergoes a bizarre change. John Stepek explains what that means for investors.

Central banks turn on the money hose

After a decade of extraordinary monetary policies, central banks had started a long, slow march back to normality. They hadn’t got very far before turning back again.

The charts that matter: it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped

With the currency wars escalating, John Stepek looks at how the week’s events have shaped the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

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