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If companies have too much power, we need more competition, not higher taxes
Jeff Bezos testifying
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?
Jerome Powell in a face mask © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
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?
Looking up: Italy's PM, Giuseppe Conte, with EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen
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
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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
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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

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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
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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
Apple’s coronavirus warning won’t be the last – but will markets care?
US Economy

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
Here’s why the Federal Reserve might print more money before 2020 is out
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
It’s still “inflation or bust” as far as the Fed is concerned
US Economy

It’s still “inflation or bust” as far as the Fed is concerned

The latest interest-rate meeting of the US Federal Reserve has confirmed what markets already knew – central banks are pursuing "inflation or bust” po…
30 Jan 2020
US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now
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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The winner of our corporate Baftas – the greatest companies of the past decade
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
Chart of the week: US inflation is worse than it looks
Economy

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
Is the bull-run in stocks out of breath?
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
Markets don’t care about Trump’s impeachment, and nor should you
Economy

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
It’s inflation or bust as far as the Federal Reserve is concerned
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
Michael Bloomberg: a master of many guises
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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Trump’s trade war tantrum returns with new tariffs
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
Chart of the week: US consumers splash less cash
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
The biggest threat to capitalism right now isn't Jeremy Corbyn
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