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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
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Economy

The US-China decoupling means things will be tough for a generation of investors

The new Cold War between the US and China means that the next three decades will be very different to the last three – and that’s going to make invest…
27 Aug 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: markets hold their breath

The yield curve suggested a recession was on the way when it inverted – but that could be up to two years away. John Stepek looks at the charts that m…
24 Aug 2019
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Economy

Is capitalism doomed?

Unless the world’s multinational corporations get their act together, capitalism is heading for trouble, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Aug 2019
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Economy

How investors can profit from the dawning of a new reality

Widespread use of virtual-reality technology has been “just around the corner” since the 1980s, says Ben Judge. But with the growing popularity of aug…
22 Aug 2019
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Economy

It’s getting harder and harder for central banks to bail us out

Central bankers put their heads together today at their annual shindig at Jackson Hole, says John Stepek. But they're fast running out of big ideas.
22 Aug 2019
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Economy

If this company manages to go public, it just has to mark the top of the market

Inverting yield curves and trade wars are all very worrying, says John Stepek. But nothing says "top of the market" like the stockmarket-listing of th…
19 Aug 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the rush to safety

The now infamous yield curve inverted this week, and that's sent investors running for cover. John Stepek looks at the charts that most most to invest…
17 Aug 2019
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Economy

How the shadow economy moves markets

Exchanges taking place under the official radar may seem harmless, but they can have big effects on the wider economy. Investors should pay attention,…
16 Aug 2019
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Economy

Navigating the weird world of negative interest rates

Investors are paying good money to be allowed to lend money to governments across the world. What on earth is going on, and what does it mean for your…
15 Aug 2019
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Economy

What is a yield curve, and why should I care if it inverts?

Everybody is talking about the inverted yield curve and how it predicts recessions. John Stepek explains everything you need to know about it and why …
15 Aug 2019
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Economy

A beginner’s guide to Adam Smith, part II

Ahead of his talk on Adam Smith at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dominic Frisby looks at some of the great economist's bright ideas.
13 Aug 2019
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Economy

Central banks turn on the money hose

After a decade of extraordinary monetary policies, central banks had started a long, slow march back to normality. They hadn’t got very far before tur…
10 Aug 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped

With the currency wars escalating, John Stepek looks at how the week's events have shaped the charts that matter the most to the global economy.
10 Aug 2019
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Economy

Trump’s tariffs put pressure on the US Federal Reserve

Donald Trump's bullying campaign against Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell yielded the first interest-rate cut in a decade.
8 Aug 2019
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Economy

Are trade wars rattling markets, or is it fear of another blow-up in Europe?

As the trade war intensifies, developed-world government bonds have sunk to new lows. But the root cause of the markets' jitters could lie not so much…
8 Aug 2019
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Economy

China fires a warning shot as the trade war escalates

China’s currency, the yuan, has weakened significantly against the dollar. That suggests the trade war will only get worse, says John Stepek. Here’s w…
6 Aug 2019
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Economy

James Montier: MMT could be worth a try

MMT is doing a better job of providing insights into the functioning of the modern economy than conventional neoclassical economics, says James Monite…
6 Aug 2019
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Stock markets

The return of the trade war sparks panic in markets

Donald Trump’s latest skirmish in his trade war with China has sent stockmarkets tumbling. John Stepek looks at how China could respond, and what it m…
5 Aug 2019
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Economy

Which countries sell citizenship and how much it costs

Fancy living in a European capital, or gaining citizenship of a Caribbean island? If you have deep enough pockets, the world is your oyster, says Alex…
3 Aug 2019
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Economy

How the shipping container created today’s global economy

Shipping containers standardised many aspects of trade, allowing globalisation to flourish and radically changing the world we live in. Hector Reid lo…
3 Aug 2019
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Economy

BlackRock is wrong: nationalising capitalism is a bad idea

Asset manager BlackRock thinks the ECB should start buying equities. But that would distort pricing signals; be anti-free markets; and would be almost…
30 Jul 2019
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Economy

The next race to the moon begins

Fifty years ago man landed on the moon – a remarkable technological achievement that seemed to portend great changes. Those transformations didn’t com…
27 Jul 2019
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The materials challenge – from linear to circular

SPONSORED CONTENT - Plastic pollution is now one of the top global priorities. But while dealing with this situation is vital, a more nuanced look at …
24 Jul 2019
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Stock markets

Seven investment trusts to make your investments go global

The outlook for equities remains encouraging. An investment trust with an international remit will help you profit.
23 Jul 2019
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Economy

Nouriel Roubini: recession is certain

Nouriel Roubini, described by Bloomberg as a “renowned doomsayer”, is concerned that we are heading for a global recession next year.
8 Jul 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: a quandary for the Fed

The yield curve is putting pressure on the Federal reserve to cut interest rates. But the economic data doesn't support that. John Stepek looks at wha…
6 Jul 2019
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Global Economy

Will Trump’s visit to North Korea lead to a nuclear deal?

Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea this week. But will anything come of it?
4 Jul 2019
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Economy

Trade-war ceasefire boosts stockmarkets

Stockmarkets sighed with relief after the G20 summit in Japan brought a handshake between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
4 Jul 2019
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Economy

Get ready for epic levels of monetary debasement

With central bankers turning ultra-dovish, it looks like the currency wars are back on the agenda. John Stepek explains why, and what it means for you…
4 Jul 2019
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Economy

Forget the trade truce – here’s what really matters for markets now

Markets rallied after Donald Trump and Xi Jinping patched up their differences at the G20 summit. But trade talks are just a sideshow. What really mat…
1 Jul 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the bond bubble keeps getting bigger

Markets are still absorbing the impact of the Federal Reserve’s shift closer to cutting rates that we saw last week. John Stepek looks at what's happe…
29 Jun 2019
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Economy

The bond bubble is back and bigger than ever before

Many developed-world sovereign bonds now carry negative yields – investors are paying for the privilege of lending governments money. John Stepek expl…
24 Jun 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the great central bank-sponsored rally

With the US central bank now on board with the idea of cutting interest rates, John Stpeek looks at what this means for the charts that matter most to…
22 Jun 2019
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Economy

Disappointing employment figures mask a much rosier picture

The May employment report in the US was mildly disappointing. But in America, as in the UK and Europe, the labour market is looking super strong, says…
20 Jun 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: Switzerland the safe haven

Investors rattled by the prospect of a global slowdown and a worsening trade war are heading for Switzerland; the local stockmarket index has just hit…
16 Jun 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the US dollar continues lower

As markets continue to believe that a cut in US interest rates is just a matter of time, the US dollar continued its fall this week. John Stepek looks…
15 Jun 2019
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Economy

What does the tension in the Gulf of Oman mean for oil?

The price of oil spiked after two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. John Stepek looks at how an escalating conflict could affect markets – an…
14 Jun 2019
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