US economy

Bumbling into a global trade war

US tariffs could trigger a tit-for-tat trade dispute, damaging global growth. Alex Rankine reports.

Betting on politics: Cynthia Nixon for New York

The Sex and The City star is hoping she can win the race to be New York’s governor. But what are the odds, asks Matthew Partridge.

Disarming America's gun lobby

Support for stricter gun controls in the US has never been higher. The usual political barriers to reform remain, but campaigners have a new trick up their sleeve, says Matthew Partridge.

Fired FBI bigwig stands up to bullying

Donald Trump’s attacks on federal law enforcement took a vindictive turn last weekend with the sacking of FBI chief Andrew McCabe.

It’s a big week for central bankers on both sides of the Atlantic

In both the US and UK this week, central bankers will decide on interest rates. John Stepek explains what to expect, and how it will affect the markets.

Central bankers won’t tell you – but they’d like inflation to be higher

There are two ways to destroy the debt burden the world is still struggling under – deflation or inflation. John Stepek explains why inflation is the lesser of two evils.

Jerome Powell: Trump’s annoyingly normal Fed chair

Jerome Powell is the first Federal Reserve chair in over four decades without an economics degree, but he has already demonstrated his ability to learn on the job. Jane Lewis reports.

Short the S&P 500 – again

Belief in the bull is overdone: investors should prepare for the coming correction, says Matthew Partridge.

Goldilocks will be bucked from the bull

Conditions have been just right for stock markets for a while. Andrew Van Sickle explains why it won’t last.

Betting on politics: An unlikely victory

It’s starting to look like Democrat Conor Lamb has pulled off a victory few thought possible in Pennsylvania.

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