Economy

Buy Brazil and watch out for solar flares – some of 2019’s most interesting calls

From buying Brazil to apocalyptic solar flares and the notion of a European debt jubilee, John Stepek looks at some of the more outlandish calls analysts are making for 2019.

The US booms and China starts spending again: is the bear market over?

A grim Christmas trading period has given way to New Year euphoria. John Stepek looks at whether it really is time to celebrate, and explains what it means for your money.

The charts that matter: Apple tumbles, US jobs boom

Apple’s profit warning is an unnerving sign for investors that times are changing. John Stepek looks at what’s changed in the global economy’s most important charts.

Here’s why we could see an inflation “sonic boom” in 2019

With many investors fearing a recession and deflation, inflation is far from most people’s minds. But it’s something you really need to prepare for this year, says John Stepek.

Why Apple’s sales warning has rattled the currency markets

Apple’s admission that sales will be lower than expected is clearly a problem for the tech giant. But it has much bigger implications for the global economy as a whole. John Stepek explains why.

Five of the best books I read in 2018

To close the year, John Stepek picks five of his favourite books on economics, investing and human behaviour.

Politicians are gunning for central banks

US President Donald Trump’s criticism of Federal Reserve policy is the latest assault on the independence of central banks. Will the practice survive? Simon Wilson reports.

Uber IPO to be 2019’s crucial test case

The flotation of the world’s biggest ride-hailing app will be a pivotal moment for equity markets, says Matthew Lynn.

The economic consequences of veganism

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas turkey. But should you leave the poor beasts alone next year and serve tofu on the big day instead? Stuart Watkins reports.

Britain is in the bargain basement

Our stockmarket has been an international pariah this year – all the more reason to snap up some deals.

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