US economy

America’s opioid addiction crisis

Opioid overdoses killed more people in the US in 2017 than were killed during the whole of the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, prescriptions are on the rise in Britain too. Simon Wilson [...]

America’s opioid addiction crisis

Opioid overdoses killed more people in the US in 2017 than were killed during the whole of the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, prescriptions are on the rise in Britain too. Simon Wilson reports.

The grouch stands again

Bernie Sanders has entered the race for US president. Matthew Partridge reports.

Great frauds in history: the collapse of Enron

Enron was energy company that was expanding aggressively, says Matthew Partridge. And the management was fiddling the finances.

What the trade war truce means for your money

Donald Trump has called a truce in the trade war and won’t be imposing punitive tariffs on Chinese goods. John Stepek looks at what’s behind the decision, and what it means for you.

The US economic downturn: it’s only a matter of time

With the US economy facing headwinds from trade wars to slowing global growth, talk of a recession is picking up.

Trump cooks up a storm

The US president has declared a national emergency. Matthew Partridge reports.

Rift opens between US and Europe

The Munich Security Conference is where the Atlantic Alliance usually likes to show a united front – but not this time.

The Green New Deal: a bold plan to save the planet

The Green New Deal proposed by a group of US politicians would be expensive and unworkable, says Matthew Partridge.

Chart of the week: US corporate-debt bubble ready to burst

American consumers may have paid off some debt after the financial crisis, but the state and corporations went on a binge – total US non-financial corporate debt has hit a record of more than 46% of GDP.

Powell’s “put” looks poorly timed

Jerome Powell went out of his way to placate liquidity-addicted markets last week. But if the US economy bounces back, the Fed may find itself having to raise rates – and very quickly too.

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