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Investors needn’t fear the rise of Europe’s green parties

Green parties across Europe are finding the centre-right to be natural allies. That will be great for business, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Jan 2020
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What escalating tension between Iran and the US means for oil prices

The tension between the US and Iran is unlikely to mean all-out war in the Middle East. But markets may be getting a little too complacent about its e…
6 Jan 2020
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Emerging economies find their feet

This year saw a return to normal for emerging markets. It’s a far cry from 2018, which brought misery for those betting on the world’s fastest-growing…
26 Dec 2019
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Emerging markets

South Africa is running out of time to reform its economy

Unless South Africa institutes economic reforms, including greater fiscal discipline, a clampdown on corruption, and easing labour laws, it risks losi…
22 Dec 2019
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Economy

The big risk for 2020: what if everything goes right?

Markets are positioned for a low-growth, low-rate world, says John Stepek. What if we get the opposite? Markets could get a nasty shock.
16 Dec 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: Britain elects and the risk is on

John Stepek looks at how the week's events have influenced the charts that matter the most to the global economy.
14 Dec 2019
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Economy

EU throws green spanner in the works of global trade

Europe has big plans for the environment – but making them work without damaging world trade will be a challenge.
12 Dec 2019
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Economy

Central banks should steer clear of taking on climate change

In a classic example of mission creep, the world's central bankers are going green. They are making a big mistake, says Matthew Lynn.
8 Dec 2019

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Economy

Will Mexico make progress under AMLO, its controversial president?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Mexico’s controversial president, has been in power for a year. Can he solve the country’s chronic problems and he…
7 Dec 2019
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Economy

Why the gig economy means nations will soon find taxation more taxing

The world of work is changing as the gig economy – and the self-employed themselves – go global. That will leave a big hole in countries’ coffers, say…
6 Dec 2019
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Economy

Trump’s trade war tantrum returns with new tariffs

This week the US president unleashed surprise tariffs on Brazilian and Argentine steel imports.
5 Dec 2019
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Global Economy

Corporate debt is at record levels – here’s what the risks are

With interest rates at rock bottom, companies have been loading up on debt. And a lot of it is poor quality debt. John Stepek explains what that means…
3 Dec 2019
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Economy

The biggest threat to capitalism right now isn't Jeremy Corbyn

The greatest danger to capitalism isn't a far-left Corbyn government, it's the rise of powerful corporations distorting the free market.
21 Nov 2019
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Economy

German banks are now charging savers – could it happen here?

Until now, putting money in the bank has come with at least a little bit of interest. That might be about to change, as savers in Germany are finding …
21 Nov 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: markets are back in “bull” mode

As markets move back into "bull" mode, John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have changed in the last week.
9 Nov 2019
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Economy

Governments have got the message – right or left, a spending binge is coming your way

Politicians of every hue have committed to throwing vast sums of money at their voters. Rampant inflation will eventually make them stop. But for now…
8 Nov 2019
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Economy

China’s downturn threatens global growth

Economic growth in China is slowing. And that will do nothing to help a lethargic global economy.
25 Oct 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: world trade growth has stalled

World trade is struggling to recover from the massive recession caused by the financial crisis.
21 Oct 2019
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Stock markets

Global stocks will catch up with the US

US stocks have eclipsed other markets over the past decade and continued to outperform this year. But that outperformance looks set to end.
18 Oct 2019
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Economy

US-China trade truce: both sides back down

China and America have agreed to a “pretend” trade deal, with details are so thin that the Chinese preferred not to call it a “deal” at all. That didn…
17 Oct 2019
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Economy

Trade wars and Brexit: are we really any closer to deals?

With a ceasefire in the US-China trade war and Brexit negotiations entering "the tunnel", John Stepek asks if we're any closer to real deals in either…
14 Oct 2019
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Economy

India’s banking crisis deepens

Bad loans are rising at India's fourth-largest private bank by assets and the lender needs fresh capital to plug the gap. And it's not alone.
10 Oct 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Wednesday 9 October: Japan's “pipeline inflation”

In today's Money Minute we’ll get data on producer price inflation and machinery orders in Japan.
9 Oct 2019
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Economy

Are Trump and Xi desperate enough to kiss and make up yet?

Chinese growth is struggling. US markets look vulnerable. But are the two leaders desperate enough to put a positive spin on the next round of trade t…
7 Oct 2019
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Economy

The dangers of negative interest rates

Negative interest rates could spark the next financial crisis. And central bankers could end up the object of the public's wrath, says Merryn Somerset…
7 Oct 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: recession fears take hold

John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have reacted to fears of a recession.
5 Oct 2019
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Economy

Is a recession coming? Here’s what to watch out for

Markets have taken a sharp knock recently as fears of a recession have grown. John Stepek looks at what’s got them rattled, and how it affects your in…
3 Oct 2019
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Economy

Why has the oil market taken the Saudi attack so calmly?

After an initial spike in the oil price, the market seems to have shrugged off the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. John Stepek asks if it…
23 Sep 2019
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Commodities

How the shock of the Saudi attack will linger over the oil market

The drone strike on Saudi oil facilities proves that the global oil supply chain is vulnerable to attack. Markets must start to price a bigger risk pr…
19 Sep 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: the seed investments that fail to sprout

Foreign direct investment is supposed to stimulate productivity and growth in other countries by transferring skills, technology and capital. But much…
16 Sep 2019
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Economy

Could spiking oil prices burst the bubble in bonds?

The oil price has spiked after drone strikes crippled some of Saudi Arabia’s vital oil production infrastructure. John Stepek looks at the effect on t…
16 Sep 2019
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Economy

Globalisation is going into reverse

It finally seems to be dawning on investors that globalisation can no longer be taken for granted.
13 Sep 2019
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Economy

Ray Dalio: back to the 1930s

In economic and political terms, today’s environment has a lot in common with the late 1930s, warns Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer…
9 Sep 2019
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A climate of positive change?

SPONSORED CONTENT - Whatever people’s views are on the current state of capitalism, it is hard to deny that it has created a huge amount of economic g…
9 Sep 2019
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Economy

What have populists ever done for us?

Apart from the wage rises, the jobs, the tax cuts, the rising living standards…
8 Sep 2019
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Economy

Can Donald Trump really buy Greenland?

The US president’s idea of buying Greenland is not quite as preposterous as it might seem to modern minds, but why buy it when there are so many bette…
7 Sep 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: a new hope?

The gap between yields on short and long-dated US bonds turned positive this week, after having briefly turned negative. John Stepek looks at how thi…
7 Sep 2019
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Money Minute, Monday 9 September: the week ahead

Welcome to today's Money Minute – in which we preview the big stories of the week ahead in just 60 seconds. This week, we see UK unemployment and the …
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

Australia's economy could be going under

Australia – the “lucky country”, which has gone 28 years without a recession – may yet run out of luck as its economy falters.
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

Believe it or not, markets have had a pretty good week

Things seem to be looking up in global markets, with US stocks approaching an all-time high. John Stepek looks at what's behind the sudden bout of opt…
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

Japan versus South Korea: Asia’s other trade war

Decades of bickering between South Korea and Japan are feeding an increasingly nasty trade dispute.
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

China can tough out trade tensions with the US

China’s economy is feeling the pain of US tariffs. But with no elections to bother its leadership, it is in a much better position than the US to ride…
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Wednesday 4 September: eurozone retail data and Canadian inflation

In Wednesday's Money Minute, we preview July’s retail sales data for the eurozone and Canada's latest decision on interest rates.
3 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Tuesday 3 September: US and European manufacturing figures

Welcome to Tuesday's Money Minute, in which we preview the big stories of the day in just 60 seconds. Today, we get the latest manufacturing figures f…
3 Sep 2019
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Economy

What to buy in a world of negative interest rates

The world’s most bizarre financial experiment ever – negative interest rates – continues. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at how investors should respond.
2 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute, Monday 2 September: the week ahead

Welcome to Monday’s Money Minute – in which we preview the big stories of the week ahead in just 60 seconds.
2 Sep 2019
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Economy

Why the Amazon has gone up in flames

The Amazon rainforest is suffering from the worst spate of fires in years. Does it matter? And how can the blazes be stopped?
31 Aug 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the dollar strikes back

As the US dollar index heads higher, John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter the most to the global economy.
31 Aug 2019
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Economy

How Adam Smith predicted today’s wave of moral outrage

The rash of incivility, virtue signalling and outrage on social media is just the latest manifestation of a phenomenon Adam Smith knew only too well, …
29 Aug 2019