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Trump urges the US Federal Reserve to bring in negative interest rates

Donald Trump has urged the Federal Reserve to embrace negative interest rates.
21 May 2020
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Economy

For how long can stockmarkets ignore rising unemployment?

US unemployment figures are looking terrible – up to 20 million people have lost their jobs. But markets don’t seem to care. John Stepek explains what…
11 May 2020
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Coronavirus: America's central bank "goes nuclear" as politicians act

The US Federal Reserve, America's central bank, signalled that it would do practically anything to end the turbulence and help the American economy.
26 Mar 2020
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Apple’s coronavirus warning won’t be the last – but will markets care?

If one of the world's biggest companies is feeling the pain from the coronavirus, then presumably others are too, says John Stepek. That can only lead…
18 Feb 2020
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Inflation

Here’s why the Federal Reserve might print more money before 2020 is out

The Federal Reserve wants to allow US inflation to run “hot” for a while. But that’s just an excuse to keep interest rates low – and possibly print mo…
10 Feb 2020
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Stockmarkets

US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now

Markets brightened up after China agreed to import more from the US and America greed to lower some tariffs on Chinese goods. But the trade war is far…
27 Jan 2020
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Economy

The winner of our corporate Baftas – the greatest companies of the past decade

Share price and sheer market clout has made video-streaming service Netflix the stand-out star of the stock titans in 2019, says Matthew Lynn.
28 Dec 2019

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Chart of the week: US inflation is worse than it looks

The current annual rate of consumer price inflation (CPI) in America is just below the US Federal Reserve’s target of 2%, but to most people it feels …
27 Dec 2019
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Economy

Is the bull-run in stocks out of breath?

American equities soared beyond expectations this year. Yet after a year of outsize returns, most expect a far more modest showing in 2020.
27 Dec 2019
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Markets don’t care about Trump’s impeachment, and nor should you

America impeaching its president might sound like a big deal. But markets shrugged it off. You should too, says John Stepek. It’s political showboatin…
19 Dec 2019
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Economy

It’s inflation or bust as far as the Federal Reserve is concerned

The US Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates at its latest meeting, preferring to wait until inflation really takes off. John Stepek exp…
12 Dec 2019
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People

Michael Bloomberg: a master of many guises

Michael Bloomberg launched his financial data company after getting fired from Wall Street. Could the billionaire media magnate and former New York ma…
9 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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Economy

Chart of the week: US consumers splash less cash

US consumers have finally stopped shopping and paid some debt back after decades of borrowing and spending.
2 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

Jamie Dimon: the wealth gap is a huge problem

America's wealthy have been getting wealthier, says Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. The rest of the population hasn't kept pace.
18 Nov 2019
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Economy

Cheap money flood buoys US housing

America’s housing market keeps humming along, supported by Trump's aversion for high interest rates.
15 Nov 2019
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Stockmarkets

Boeing faces further turbulence

Boeing’s shares saw their best one-day performance in over five months early this week. But the plane-makers' troubles aren't over yet.
15 Nov 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Friday 15 November: a big day for the US

In today's Money Minute we get data from the US on retail sales and industrial production.
15 Nov 2019
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Disney takes on Netflix in the TV streaming wars

A major new US player has arrived in the television and film streaming market – and the UK is launching a service too. Matthew Partridge reports.
14 Nov 2019
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Stockmarkets

Chart of the week: US stocks outrun profits

The US stockmarket has become totally detached from underlying profits of its constituent companies over the past three years.
11 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