Global Economy

High inflation will fade – here’s why
Man shopping for fruit
Inflation

High inflation will fade – here’s why

Many people expect high inflation to persist for a long time. But that might not be true, says Max King. Inflation may fall faster than expected – and…
13 May 2022
Currencies: the yen just keeps on tumbling
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda
Currencies

Currencies: the yen just keeps on tumbling

The Japanese yen is trading close to a 20-year low with the US dollar, with the Bank of Japan in no rush to raise interest rates.
11 May 2022
The return of the currency wars
Singapore dollars
Currencies

The return of the currency wars

The post-2008 currency wars were all about the race to the bottom. The post-Covid world is very different, says John Stepek.
10 May 2022
Here’s why markets welcomed America’s big interest rate rise
Jerome Powell
Stockmarkets

Here’s why markets welcomed America’s big interest rate rise

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by half a percentage point – the biggest hike in 20 years. So why did markets rise? John Stepek explains …
5 May 2022
Cost-of-living crisis: a disaster years in the making
'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters
Economy

Cost-of-living crisis: a disaster years in the making

The cost-of-living crisis has little to do with Brexit, climate change, Covid-19 or war, says Tim Lee
5 May 2022
If the US dollar keeps rising from here, it’s going to hurt
Currencies

If the US dollar keeps rising from here, it’s going to hurt

The US dollar is on a bull run, sending every other asset into freefall. And it's at a particularly critical point right now, says Dominic Frisby. Her…
4 May 2022
The emerging-markets debt crisis
Emerging markets

The emerging-markets debt crisis

Slowing global growth, surging inflation and rising interest rates are squeezing emerging economies harder than most. Are we on the brink of a major c…
30 Apr 2022
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Mohamed El-Erian: inflation, disinflation and the mistakes of central bankers
Global Economy

Mohamed El-Erian: inflation, disinflation and the mistakes of central bankers

Merryn talks to economist Mohamed El-Erian about the state of the global economy, how the Fed became hostage to the marketplace, and how you should po…
28 Apr 2022
Which mistake will central bankers choose to make next?
Investment strategy

Which mistake will central bankers choose to make next?

The heads of the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve have choices – but none of them are good choices, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
28 Apr 2022
Why food and fuel subsidies will push up debt
Global Economy

Why food and fuel subsidies will push up debt

Many governments have adopted subsidies or tax breaks to shield households and businesses from rising food and fuel prices. But that's just causing go…
28 Apr 2022
China’s currency is falling – the last time it did this, markets crashed
Currencies

China’s currency is falling – the last time it did this, markets crashed

China’s currency, the yuan, has seen its biggest drop since 2015. And with a slowing economy, it won't be raising interest rates. John Stepek explains…
26 Apr 2022
The charts that matter: bond yields and US dollar continue to climb
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bond yields and US dollar continue to climb

The US dollar and government bond yields around the world continued to climb. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter most to the global econom…
23 Apr 2022
The bond bubble has burst – what comes next?
Government bonds

The bond bubble has burst – what comes next?

Investors in government debt have seen some of their biggest ever losses as the bond bubble bursts. John Stepek explains what’s going on and asks what…
19 Apr 2022
Why new technology is the future of the construction industry
Global Economy

Why new technology is the future of the construction industry

The construction industry faces many challenges. New technologies from augmented reality and digitisation to exoskeletons and robotics can help solve …
18 Apr 2022
What companies should be prioritising this decade
Global Economy

What companies should be prioritising this decade

In a world beset by uncertainty, companies should be prioritising slack over efficiency, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
14 Apr 2022
How will the end of easy money pan out?
Global Economy

How will the end of easy money pan out?

Minutes from the Fed meeting shows that it plans to shrink the central bank's balance sheet faster than expected to tackle inflation. Alex Rankine exp…
14 Apr 2022
The UK's inflation figures are awful – and the worst is yet to come
Inflation

The UK's inflation figures are awful – and the worst is yet to come

UK inflation has hit yet another 30-year high, and we still haven’t hit the peak. This string of nasty surprises puts even more pressure on the Bank o…
13 Apr 2022
How to invest in an environment of rising inflation and unpredictable central bank policy
Inflation

How to invest in an environment of rising inflation and unpredictable central bank policy

This week central banker Lael Brainard - a long-term dove - rattled markets by suggesting America's Federal Reserve will unwind quantitative easing fa…
9 Apr 2022
Why Russian sanctions could make the dollar less attractive
Currencies

Why Russian sanctions could make the dollar less attractive

The US dollar could lose its appeal if America keeps sanctioning countries like Iran and Russia. Alex Rankine explains why.
8 Apr 2022
UBI which was once unthinkable is being rolled out around the world. What's going on?
Global Economy

UBI which was once unthinkable is being rolled out around the world. What's going on?

Universal basic income, the idea that everyone should be paid a liveable income by the state, no strings attached, was once for the birds. Now it seem…
8 Apr 2022
Does Russia's move to price energy in roubles threaten the US dollar?
Currencies

Does Russia's move to price energy in roubles threaten the US dollar?

Russia is no longer accepting dollars as payment for its energy. Could this threaten the dollar’s status as global reserve currency? John Stepek is no…
5 Apr 2022
Elvira Nabiullina: Putin's central bank chief blindsided by Russia's war on Ukraine
People

Elvira Nabiullina: Putin's central bank chief blindsided by Russia's war on Ukraine

Putin’s central bank chief was reportedly blindsided by the launch of the invasion of Ukraine and forced to stay in her job. Managing the crisis looks…
3 Apr 2022