The charts that matter: a bigger, better vaccine and a promotion for Tesla
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The charts that matter: a bigger, better vaccine and a promotion for Tesla

John Stepek looks at how the week’s events have affected the charts that matter the most to the global economy.
21 Nov 2020
How green bonds will fund the coming energy transition
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How green bonds will fund the coming energy transition

The need to cut carbon emissions will see a huge amount of investment in new infrastructure and clean energy projects, funded by the most simple of fi…
16 Nov 2020
The charts that matter: the turning point?
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the turning point?

As news of a vaccine sends markets soaring, JohnStepek loks how it's affected the charts that matter the most to the global economy.
14 Nov 2020
Why an ESG approach is particularly suited to bond investors
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Why an ESG approach is particularly suited to bond investors

ESG investing, which focuses on the environmental, social and governance aspects of a business, is all the rage. David C Stevenson explains how bond i…
9 Nov 2020
Who is the Bank of England’s new £150bn of money printing really aimed at?
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Who is the Bank of England’s new £150bn of money printing really aimed at?

The Bank of England has said it is to print a further £150bn to dampen the effects of the second lockdown on the economy. But there's more to it than …
5 Nov 2020
The charts that matter: everyone’s got pre-election jitters
Global Economy

The charts that matter: everyone’s got pre-election jitters

With the US election fast approaching, it's been a tricky week for most assets. John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global eco…
31 Oct 2020
The topsy-turvy world of bonds
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The topsy-turvy world of bonds

While stockmarkets rallied over the summer, bond yields continued to send alarm signals.
30 Oct 2020

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Why would you pay anyone for the privilege of lending them money?
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Why would you pay anyone for the privilege of lending them money?

In the latest in his series on fixed income investing, David Stevenson explains what’s driving the trend towards negative-yielding government bonds – …
26 Oct 2020
How will we repay our vast debt pile? Do we even need to?
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How will we repay our vast debt pile? Do we even need to?

In his recent articles looking at different aspects of the fixed-income investing world, David Stevenson looked at inflation. Today he looks at a clos…
19 Oct 2020
The charts that matter: pre-election paralysis
Global Economy

The charts that matter: pre-election paralysis

Markets are caught in the headlights as the US election approaches fast – John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy a…
17 Oct 2020
Jonathan Ruffer: tech stocks have become “long-duration assets”
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Jonathan Ruffer: tech stocks have become “long-duration assets”

As with bonds, tech stocks are now held not because of that they are, but because of what investors fear if they don't hold them, says Jonathan Ruffer…
16 Oct 2020
A world drowning in debt
Global Economy

A world drowning in debt

The UK budget deficit is on course to hit £350bn, and America’s federal deficit has hit a record $3.1trn. But the debt surge is a truly global phenome…
16 Oct 2020
Is inflation set to return – and should you be worried?
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Is inflation set to return – and should you be worried?

David Stevenson looks at one of the most divisive topics in markets today – the question of whether deflation or inflation is the biggest threat to in…
12 Oct 2020
The charts that matter: it’s all about the stimulus
Global Economy

The charts that matter: it’s all about the stimulus

John Stepek looks at how homes of a pre-election stimulus deal in the US have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
10 Oct 2020
Why would anyone ever buy a 100-year bond?
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Why would anyone ever buy a 100-year bond?

Earlier this year, the Austrian government placed a €2bn bond issue with a yield of 0.88% – for 100 years. David Stevenson asks why any investor would…
5 Oct 2020
The charts that matter: a surprisingly uneventful week in markets
Global Economy

The charts that matter: a surprisingly uneventful week in markets

John Stepek looks back over the last seven days to see what effect their events have had on the charts that matter most to the global economy.
3 Oct 2020
I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
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I wish I knew what a bond was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

When thinking of investing many people automatically think of the stockmarket. But there is another market – the bond market. So what exactly is a bon…
29 Sep 2020
Investing in bonds: what are fallen angels and why have they been such good investments?
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Investing in bonds: what are fallen angels and why have they been such good investments?

In the first of a series of articles on different aspects of investing in bonds, David explains what “fallen angels” – and what purpose they serve in …
28 Sep 2020
The charts that matter: the dollar flexes its muscles
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the dollar flexes its muscles

As the US dollar made significant gains this week, everything else sold off. John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the…
26 Sep 2020
The charts that matter: China’s recovery bolsters the yuan
Global Economy

The charts that matter: China’s recovery bolsters the yuan

China's strengthening currency is a sign of confidence in the country's economic recovery. John Stepek looks at the yuan chart, and all of the others …
19 Sep 2020
The charts that matter: has the dollar’s rally paused, or is it over?
Global Economy

The charts that matter: has the dollar’s rally paused, or is it over?

The US dollar ended the week higher, although off its highest point. Is that it? John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to…
12 Sep 2020
The charts that matter: a correction for gold and better news on US jobs
Global Economy

The charts that matter: a correction for gold and better news on US jobs

Having ended on a record high last Friday, gold took a big tumble this week. John Stepek looks at the gold price chart, along with the others that mat…
15 Aug 2020