US Economy

US election: stockmarkets don’t care who’s in the White House
Barack Obama © PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/AFP via Getty Images
US stockmarkets

US election: stockmarkets don’t care who’s in the White House

The economic cycle and America's central bank have a much bigger effect on long-term stockmarket returns than whether Democrats or Republicans are in …
23 Oct 2020
What the race for the White House means for your money
US election

What the race for the White House means for your money

American voters are about to decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will take the oath of office on 20 January. Matthew Partridge explains how vario…
15 Oct 2020
The riskiest election in US history
US election

The riskiest election in US history

Donald Trump’s illness has rattled markets as investors try to understand the implications of an incapacitated American president or a bitterly contes…
8 Oct 2020
Trump’s Covid diagnosis has rattled markets – but you should sit tight
Donald Trump wearing a facemask © ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images
US stockmarkets

Trump’s Covid diagnosis has rattled markets – but you should sit tight

Donald Trump’s positive test for Covid-19 sent the markets into a tizz. But it’s not worth changing your investment plans over, says John Stepek. Here…
2 Oct 2020
Stockmarkets plagued by US presidential election anxiety
US White House, Washington, DC © Art Kowalsky / Alamy
Stockmarkets

Stockmarkets plagued by US presidential election anxiety

A contested result in the US presidential election could bring months of deadlock in the stockmarkets. Investors should prepare for volatility.
1 Oct 2020
Jerome Powell’s pivotal moment in monetary policy history
US Economy

Jerome Powell’s pivotal moment in monetary policy history

The Federal Reserve – America's central bank – has said that its inflation target of 2% will now be a long-term average, rather than a rate to be hit …
3 Sep 2020
Gold and the US election: does it matter who’s president?
Gold

Gold and the US election: does it matter who’s president?

With just two months to go until the American presidential election, Dominic Frisby looks at how the result could affect gold’s bull market, and asks:…
2 Sep 2020

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The Fed has made big changes to its mission: here’s why that matters
Inflation

The Fed has made big changes to its mission: here’s why that matters

The US Federal Reserve is changing the way it targets inflation. And that’s a lot more important than it might sound. John Stepek explains why.
31 Aug 2020
When will stockmarkets face reality?
US stockmarkets

When will stockmarkets face reality?

Despite the economy being strangled by lockdown, US stockmarkets keep hitting mind-boggling new highs. Dominic Frisby explains why – and how long it c…
26 Aug 2020
Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril
Stockmarkets

Equity investors ignore US-China split at their peril

Washington and Beijing’s troubled relationship has taken a turn for the worse recently, but markets have become strangely blasé about the situation.
21 Aug 2020
Jeffrey Gundlach: prepare for four more years of Trump
US Economy

Jeffrey Gundlach: prepare for four more years of Trump

Donald Trump will be re-elected as US president in November, reckons Jeffrey Gundlach, America’s best-known bond investor.
21 Aug 2020
Inflation spiked in the US last month – is this the shape of things to come?
US Economy

Inflation spiked in the US last month – is this the shape of things to come?

Prices in the US rose much more dramatically than expected in July. Can we expect more of the same, and what does that mean for your money? John Stepe…
14 Aug 2020
If companies have too much power, we need more competition, not higher taxes
US Economy

If companies have too much power, we need more competition, not higher taxes

Free-market capitalism is breaking down and that is going to lead to higher taxes down the line. John Stepek explains why that matters for investors.
11 Aug 2020
What will the US central bank do next?
US Economy

What will the US central bank do next?

As the US continues to grapple with the Covid pandemic, the Federal Reserve will meet to decide what to do next on jobs, inflation and the recovery in…
28 Jul 2020
Is it time to buy Europe and sell the US?
European stockmarkets

Is it time to buy Europe and sell the US?

Europe is looking ever more attractive to investors, while the US is starting to look like the riskier bet, says John Stepek.
24 Jul 2020
US risks a surge in inflation
US Economy

US risks a surge in inflation

The vast monetary stimulus unleashed in the US has raised the spectre of higher inflation.
23 Jul 2020
MMT: what is modern monetary theory and will it work?
Economy

MMT: what is modern monetary theory and will it work?

“Modern monetary theory” – or MMT – is all the rage among progressive thinkers, especially in the United States. What is it? And does it stand up to s…
14 Jul 2020
The Fed will print whatever it takes – what does that mean for markets?
US Economy

The Fed will print whatever it takes – what does that mean for markets?

Jerome Powell, chair of the US Federal Reserve, has vowed to keep pumping money into the economy for as long as it takes to get America back on its fe…
11 Jun 2020
What Friday's stonking US jobs report means for markets
US Economy

What Friday's stonking US jobs report means for markets

At the end of last week, US employment figures gave everyone a pleasant surprise and sparked hopes of a “V-shaped” recovery. John Stepek explains how …
8 Jun 2020
Trump urges the US Federal Reserve to bring in negative interest rates
US Economy

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
For how long can stockmarkets ignore rising unemployment?
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
Coronavirus: America's central bank "goes nuclear" as politicians act
US Economy

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