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When will the slow-burning crisis in Italy ignite?

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Italy’s populist government has decided to spend a lot more money than it’s got, risking a clash with the EU. John Stepek looks at how that might play out.

The charts that matter: Italy and Tesla spring surprises

In a week when the bond-market action turned to Europe and the SEC turned its sights on Tesla CEO Elon Musk, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.

We’ve spent our entire lives in a massive economic anomaly

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Massive population growth, fiat money and ever-present inflation make the last 60-odd years unique in history. Can this continue? You may be surprised, says John Stepek.

How on earth are we going to get rid of all of this debt?

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The world’s governments are swimming in debt. Which is just about manageable with ultra-low interest rates. But that won’t last, says Dominic Frisby. The day of reckoning must surely come.

Is oil heading for $100 a barrel? Or will Trump throw a spanner in the works?

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The oil price is creeping up – something Donald Trump isn’t too happy about. John Stepek looks at whats behind the rise, and what Trump could do to stop it.

We’ve just seen the biggest merger deal in gold mining history

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Gold miner Barrick’s buyout of Randgold Resources is good for both companies and the wider mining sector, says Dominic Frisby. But Randgold’s shareholders deserve more out of the deal.

Not invested in Japan yet? Now looks a good opportunity

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Shinzo Abe’s time as Japan’s prime minister has been good for investors. With his re-election as party leader, John Stepek sees no reason for that to change.

The charts that matter: is this the turning point for the US dollar?

John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy. And this week, it’s all about the US dollar.

Now looks like a good time to buy gold – but you need to watch this chart

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One thing matters more than anything else to the price of gold – the US dollar. Where it goes, gold follows. Dominic Frisby looks at where it may be headed next.

When will the Bank of England raise interest rates again?

Bank of England governor Mark Carney

In a normal world, central banks raise interest rates to keep inflation in check. But even with UK inflation ticking up, we won’t see a rate rise anytime soon.

A warning from the goldmining boom to today’s cryptocurrency investors

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The number of cryptocurrencies exploded as coders, entrepreneurs and scam artists jumped on the crypto-bandwagon. But as with a gold rush, fortunes can be lost as well as won.

Is the Federal Reserve really worried about inflation?

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The Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, is slowly raising interest rates. But that doesn’t mean it’s going after inflation, says John Stepek. It may have other targets in mind.

The biggest economic change in the last ten years that no one talks about

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Fracking for oil has made the US energy independent. Its effects have spread far beyond the energy markets, says John Stepek, shifting the global economy’s balance of power.

The charts that matter: Happy Lehman Brothers Day!

Ten years ago today, the financial crisis exploded onto the front pages. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to find out what, if anything, has changed since then.

Ten years on: why did Lehman Brothers go bust?

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John Stepek examines why investment bank Lehman Brothers went bust ten years ago and asks: should it have been saved, and would things have been any different if it had?

Ten years on: was it right to bail out the banks?

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During the 2008 financial crisis, taxpayers had no choice but to underwrite the entire banking industry. And we’re still doing it, says John Stepek.

Here’s what the blockchain is for – and when I think bitcoin will hit a bottom

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Blockchain is the breakthrough technology behind cryptocurrencies. But what is it actually for? Dominic Frisby outlines some of its many uses, and makes a prediction on the future of bitcoin.

Ten years on: what’s changed? Are the banks less dangerous now?

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Ten years ago, the banks brought the global financial system to its knees. John Stepek looks at what lessons – if any – have been learned since then.

Ten years on: the biggest driver of the 2008 financial crisis has only got worse

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The 2008 financial crisis was a result of “moral hazard” – individuals did not bear the full consequences of their actions. Nothing much has changed since then, says John Stepek.

The charts that matter: is dollar pressure starting to ease off?

The US dollar fallen back a fair bit since mid-August. John Stepek looks at what that means for the global economy, plus all the other charts that matter.

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