US economy

Sabre-rattling in the Middle East

Are America and Iran on the path to war? Matthew Partridge reports.

Trump's tweet triggers trade tariff tit-for-tat

On Monday the US president tweeted that “China should not retaliate” to increased tariffs. But two hours later Beijing announced $60bn of its own tariffs, which wiped more than $1trn off global stocks.

Trade wars are a stupid idea, but it seems we’re going to have one anyway

Global markets have reacted badly to the escalation of the US-China trade war. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and what it means for your money.

US profit margins are motoring

Profit margins are supposed to revert to the long-term average. In the US, however, they appear to be in a structural upswing.

Never mind tariffs – here’s a scary thing that happened to markets this week

While investors were worrying about trade disputes and tariff hikes this week, the US bond markets threw up a nasty surprise. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and why it matters.

What Trump’s trade tweets mean for your money

Markets briefly stuttered on reading Donald Trump’s tweet raising tariffs on Chinese imports to the US. But they soon recovered. John Stepek asks if their optimism is justified.

Get set for an inflation scare

Investors are getting complacent about inflation. They should prepare themselves for a fright.

Betting on politics: impeaching the US president

Matthew Partridge looks at the betting odds of America’s President Trump getting impeached.

Don’t expect strong US growth to mean higher interest rates

America’s economy is growing much faster than expected. Under normal circumstances, you might expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. But that won’t happen, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

Will Trump be impeached?

There’s a case for it, but the Democrats are wary. Matthew Partridge reports.

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