US economy

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.

Two top themes for 2019

Bet on Japanese corporate-governance reform and healthy small US banks, says David Stevenson.

Trump backs down over border wall

Donald Trump agreed to halt the 35-day US government shutdown.

The Fed finally gets it – all that matters is the S&P 500

To the delight of investors, Jerome Powell has finally capitulated and embraced the “Greenspan put”. That could mean a stockmarket melt-up, says John Stepek – and full steam ahead to the next crisis.

Why we could soon see peace break out in the trade wars

Both Donald Trump and Xi Jinping want to strike a deal in the US-China trade wars says John Redwood. But they both need to claim a victory.

The Fed money flood recedes

The flood of cheap and printed money that has boosted equity markets for a decade is receding.

Are we facing another subprime crisis?

Fears are growing that leveraged loans – a high-risk section of the corporate debt market – could cause a subprime mortgage-style meltdown. Marina Gerner reports.

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