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The charts that matter: Apple tumbles, US jobs boom

Apple’s profit warning is an unnerving sign for investors that times are changing. John Stepek looks at what’s changed in the global economy’s most important charts.

Here’s why we could see an inflation “sonic boom” in 2019

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With many investors fearing a recession and deflation, inflation is far from most people’s minds. But it’s something you really need to prepare for this year, says John Stepek.

Why Apple’s sales warning has rattled the currency markets

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Apple’s admission that sales will be lower than expected is clearly a problem for the tech giant. But it has much bigger implications for the global economy as a whole. John Stepek explains why.

2018 was a bad year for investors, for pretty obvious reasons

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Investors had a rough 2018 with many indices ending the year in bear markets. John Stepek looks at what was behind it all, and where markets might go in 2019.

Five of the best books I read in 2018

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To close the year, John Stepek picks five of his favourite books on economics, investing and human behaviour.

Could 2019 see the beginning of the end for the US dollar?

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The US defaulting on its debt is almost unthinkable. But with Trump in charge, it’s a tiny bit more thinkable than it was. And that would have disastrous consequences for the dollar.

The charts that matter: the Fed turns tough

For the last time this year, John Stepek casts his eye over the charts that matter most to the global economy.

This was the most important event for markets in 2018

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Forget the year’s political shenanigans. They’ve been largely irrelevant to the markets. The one thing driving the markets this year was Jerome Powell’s appointment as chair of the Fed. Here’s why.

How did my prophecies for 2018 pan out?

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Dominic Frisby revisits his economic predictions from a year ago to find out just how accurate – or wide of the mark – he was.

How Amazon’s secret weapon is wreaking havoc on Britain’s retailers

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Black Friday, Amazon’s post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza, makes sense in America. But not in the UK, says John Stepek. Here, it’s laying waste to retailers’ most profitable time of year.

There’s one key reason why markets have had such a rough 2018

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Trump, Brexit, Frenchmen on the rampage – no wonder markets are depressed. Politics has certainly grabbed the headlines, that’s true. But it’s not the real reason for the market slump.

The charts that matter: if the dollar stays strong, everything else will stay weak

The US dollar doesn’t look like weakening anytime soon. John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter most to the global economy.

More good news on house prices – there’s no sign of them picking up soon

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House prices are cooling off. Many want to pin the blame on Brexit. But there’s more to it than that. John Stepek explains what’s going on with Britain’s property market.

What does May’s victory mean for markets?

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After Theresa May’s less than convincing win in the Conservative Party’s no confidence vote, John Stepek looks at how the markets have reacted, and what it means for your money.

How much gold does China have? A lot more than you think

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Officially, China has the world’s seventh-largest gold reserves. But it has been stocking up at an astonishing pace. Here, Dominic Frisby examines just how much gold China could have.

What really scares markets about the latest Brexit mess

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Theresa May’s postponement of the Brexit vote has increased the chances of no deal. That’s rattled the markets. But it wouldn’t be the worst outcome. John Stepek outlines the markets’ biggest fear.

What’s next for global markets? Keep a close eye on the oil price

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The price of oil has tumbled in recent weeks, just as stocks have lost their footing. John Stepek looks at what a rebound in crude would mean for investors.

The charts that matter: introducing the terrors of the yield curve

The inverted yield curve is the latest spectre to terrify financial markets. John Stepek explains what t is, and looks at the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy.

The FTSE 100 has gone nowhere in nearly 20 years. That’s tempting

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The FTSE 100 is at its cheapest for two years. It’s made no capital gains for almost 20. And while it could get a lot cheaper, says John Stepek, it’s looking like good value.

How to keep your head in markets when all around are losing theirs

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With markets having such a brutal time of it at the moment, you may feel an irresistible urge to “do something”. John Stepek explains why you shouldn’t.

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