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The charts that matter: precious metals, longevity and a cure for baldness
Global Economy

The charts that matter: precious metals, longevity and a cure for baldness

As the gold price presses on to new highs, John Stepek looks at he charts that matter most to the global economy.
8 Aug 2020
Is the bond market wrong about inflation?
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Is the bond market wrong about inflation?

The bond rally suggests that markets are sanguine about inflation, but the gold rally suggests inflation is a real threat.
7 Aug 2020
The eurozone takes a big step forward towards fiscal union
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The eurozone takes a big step forward towards fiscal union

The European Union’s coronavirus recovery plan and its decision to issue joint debt will change the bloc forever.
23 Jul 2020
What do high levels of government debt mean for equities and bonds?
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What do high levels of government debt mean for equities and bonds?

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17 Jul 2020
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The charts that matter: a week of two halves
Global Economy

The charts that matter: a week of two halves

After a week in which the markets shot up, then crashed back, John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy look now.
13 Jun 2020
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The charts that matter: the US and China – the calm before the storm?
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The charts that matter: the US and China – the calm before the storm?

John Stepek looks at how the rising tension between the US and China over Hong Kong has affected the charts that matter the most to the global economy…
30 May 2020
Gilt yields head below zero
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Gilt yields head below zero

Yields on gilts – UK government bonds – have gone negative, meaning investors are paying the Treasury to borrow money from them.
28 May 2020

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Curiouser and curiouser: 20 years in the markets
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Curiouser and curiouser: 20 years in the markets

Central banks have been interfering with market and economic cycles for two decades, undermining capitalism and storing up huge trouble for the future…
21 May 2020
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The bond bubble keeps inflating
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The bond bubble keeps inflating

Most major stockmarkets remain down on the year, but government bonds continue to gain ground.
15 May 2020
The world's massive debt pile will be inflated away
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The world's massive debt pile will be inflated away

The huge pile of government and corporate debt is likely to be dealt with by a combination of high taxes, financial repression and inflation.
1 May 2020
The charts that matter: recession is here – how deep it will get?
Global Economy

The charts that matter: recession is here – how deep it will get?

After a week in which US unemployment claims topped six million, John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy are lookin…
4 Apr 2020
The charts that matter: the helicopters are unleashed
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the helicopters are unleashed

In a week when all sense of what's normal went out the window, John Stepek looks at what's happened to the charts that matter most to the global econo…
21 Mar 2020
The corona crisis will mark the end of the longest-running trend in markets
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The corona crisis will mark the end of the longest-running trend in markets

With politicians and central bankers enthusiastically embracing money printing and a recession almost certainly not too far off, the slide in bond yie…
20 Mar 2020
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Is this the last hurrah for the government bond bubble?
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Is this the last hurrah for the government bond bubble?

Traditionally, the government bond market is one of the most boring on the planet. Not any more, says John Stepek. Things have blown up big time. Here…
9 Mar 2020
The charts that matter: fear takes over
Global Economy

The charts that matter: fear takes over

As the US cut interest rates and the markets tanked further, John Stepek looks at how the week's events have affected the charts that matter the most …
7 Mar 2020
There’s still money in bonds for careful investors
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There’s still money in bonds for careful investors

Investors should tread carefully in the fixed-income market. But this well-managed investment trust fits the bill.
3 Mar 2020
The charts that matter: corona panic breaks out
Global Economy

The charts that matter: corona panic breaks out

As the markets finally succumbed to coronavirus fears, John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
29 Feb 2020
The charts that matter: it’s starting to look a little unhinged out there
Global Economy

The charts that matter: it’s starting to look a little unhinged out there

Things aren't normal in the markets right now, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy for clues to what…
22 Feb 2020
Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates
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Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates

Could Sweden be poised to return to negative interest rates?
31 Jan 2020
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Bond party back on for investors – for now
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Bond party back on for investors – for now

Fear of the coronavirus has sent investors retreating to their habitual comfort zone: government bonds.
30 Jan 2020
The charts that matter: coronavirus – or a liquidity air pocket?
Global Economy

The charts that matter: coronavirus – or a liquidity air pocket?

With the yield curve showing worrying signs of flatlining again. John Stepek wonders what's to blame and turns to the charts that matter most to the g…
25 Jan 2020
Negative bond yields: could the 2020s mark the end of this freakish financial phenomenon?
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Negative bond yields: could the 2020s mark the end of this freakish financial phenomenon?

If there’s one thing the 2010s will be notable for, it's the incredible things happening in the bond market. John Stepek asks if we've finally seen th…
24 Dec 2019