US Economy

The US dollar’s rally will fade away
US dollar graphic
Currencies

The US dollar’s rally will fade away

The US dollar, having been widely tipped to fall this year, is up by about 1.2% so far against a basket of six major trading partners’ currencies. But…
12 Feb 2021
Will the China-US trade war continue?
Worker in a Vietnamese factory
Global Economy

Will the China-US trade war continue?

The White House still seems to be talking tough on China, but few people know how Joe Biden will handle the world’s second-biggest economy.
5 Feb 2021
3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued
This day in history

3 February 1690: America’s first paper money is issued

On this day in 1690, the Massachusetts colony began circulating the first paper money on North America, printed to finance England’s war against Franc…
3 Feb 2021
Joe Biden’s spending spree will lift American spirits and markets – but it comes with a sting in the tail
Joe Biden
US stockmarkets

Joe Biden’s spending spree will lift American spirits and markets – but it comes with a sting in the tail

New US president Joe Biden is planning to throw trillions of dollars in stimulus at his country’s economy. Markets will love that. But it comes with a…
25 Jan 2021
Beware: inflation is starting to stir in the US
US Federal Reserve Building
Inflation

Beware: inflation is starting to stir in the US

With US consumer prices up by 1.4% in the last year, concern about inflation is now everywhere.
22 Jan 2021
Forget austerity – governments and central banks have no intention of cutting back
Global Economy

Forget austerity – governments and central banks have no intention of cutting back

Once the pandemic is over will we return to an era of austerity to pay for all the stimulus? Not likely, says John Stepek. The money will continue to …
15 Jan 2021
Will America’s “healthy reflation” end in inflation?
US stockmarkets

Will America’s “healthy reflation” end in inflation?

Democratic control of the US Congress would give Joe Biden huge scope to stimulate the economy. But willie mean a “healthy reflation” for the economy …
8 Jan 2021
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23 December 1913: The US Federal Reserve is created
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23 December 1913: The US Federal Reserve is created

After much debate, Woodrow Wilson finally signed the bill that would create the US Federal Reserve on this day in 1913.
23 Dec 2020
The return of Janet Yellen
People

The return of Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, the former US central-bank chief is back, this time as US Treasury secretary. Donald Trump wondered whether she was too short for the jo…
19 Dec 2020
5 December 1933: prohibition ends in America
This day in history

5 December 1933: prohibition ends in America

On this day in 1933, America finally gave up on its futile attempt at alcohol prohibition, which had begun with the passing of the 18th Amendment in 1…
5 Dec 2020
Donald Trump’s next moves
Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s next moves

The outgoing US president is deep in debt and he will need new sources of income now that he is out of a job. Don’t expect him to go quietly, says Sim…
28 Nov 2020
America's monetary punchbowl is as full as ever
US Economy

America's monetary punchbowl is as full as ever

Despite a rare public spat between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve, stimulus cash will keep coming.
27 Nov 2020
US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs
Global Economy

US states declare a ceasefire in the war on drugs

With US states decriminalising the use even of hard drugs, and legalising the recreational use of cannabis, this could be the beginning of the end for…
21 Nov 2020
Could the spat between the Fed and Trump’s Treasury derail markets?
US Economy

Could the spat between the Fed and Trump’s Treasury derail markets?

America’s central bank seems to have fallen out with the US Treasury department. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how it could affect the ma…
20 Nov 2020
14 November 1995: US government shuts down
This day in history

14 November 1995: US government shuts down

On this day in 1995, the US government shut down museums and national parks after Bill Clinton and Congress were unable to agree on a budget.
14 Nov 2020
Federal Reserve‘s “endless QE” cheers markets
US stockmarkets

Federal Reserve‘s “endless QE” cheers markets

America's Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates and launched unprecedented bond-buying programmes that stretched its mandate to its limits. More …
13 Nov 2020
What the new US president means for your money
Investment strategy

What the new US president means for your money

What does a Joe Biden presidency mean for your portfolio? The close-run election restricts Biden’s agenda – but certain companies will still do better…
12 Nov 2020
The US election shows that what markets really like is certainty
Stockmarkets

The US election shows that what markets really like is certainty

The tight result in the US election shows that political stalemate could well be good for the markets, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
9 Nov 2020
What does Joe Biden’s victory mean for your money?
US election

What does Joe Biden’s victory mean for your money?

The “likely” scenarios of a Joe Biden presidency are priced in, says John Stepek. The “unlikely” ones are not. Here's what might happen next to surpri…
9 Nov 2020
The charts that matter: the US election sends markets… soaring? 
US election

The charts that matter: the US election sends markets… soaring? 

The uncertainty surrounding the US election has led many to believe that the Federal Reserve will print even more money. John Stepek looks at how that…
7 Nov 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: US election special with Jim Patterson of Kiplinger
US election

The MoneyWeek Podcast: US election special with Jim Patterson of Kiplinger

Jim Patterson, managing editor of the Kiplinger Letter, our sister publication in the US, joins John to talk about the US election – its effect on the…
6 Nov 2020
The US election is a mess – and markets everywhere love it
US election

The US election is a mess – and markets everywhere love it

The result of the US presidential election may still hang in the balance, but in the markets, pretty much every asset bar the US dollar is having a fi…
6 Nov 2020