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Should you put all your savings into stocks?

As markets roar, an old argument returns

Published on 19 February 2024 | 8:45 pm

The Ukraine war offers energy arbitrage opportunities

It also provides a glimpse at the future of European gas supplies

Published on 15 February 2024 | 11:15 am

In defence of a financial instrument that fails to do its job

Inflation-linked bonds are a poor inflation hedge, but that’s not the point

Published on 15 February 2024 | 11:01 am

Investing in commodities has become nightmarishly difficult

What happened to that “supercycle”?

Published on 15 February 2024 | 10:57 am

Is working from home about to spark a financial crisis?

That is the worry. But it is overblown

Published on 14 February 2024 | 8:57 pm

How San Francisco staged a surprising comeback

Forget the controversy. America’s tech capital is building the future

Published on 12 February 2024 | 8:34 pm

How the world economy learned to love chaos

War, high interest rates and financial strife are yet to bring down growth

Published on 11 February 2024 | 2:00 pm

The false promise of Indonesia’s economy

Presidential candidates vow to deliver 7% growth. Voters have heard it before

Published on 8 February 2024 | 11:10 am

Bankers have reason to hope Trump triumphs

Will they now spend big on his campaign?

Published on 8 February 2024 | 11:06 am

The dividend is back. Are investors right to be pleased?

Why cash payments are no longer the preserve of widows and orphans

Published on 8 February 2024 | 10:45 am

Are NYCB’s troubles the start of another banking panic?

Probably not. But they do suggest broader problems

Published on 8 February 2024 | 2:56 am

China’s stockmarket nightmare is nowhere near over

The situation ought to worry Xi Jinping

Published on 7 February 2024 | 5:35 pm

Universities are failing to boost economic growth

Too often they generate ideas that no one knows how to use

Published on 5 February 2024 | 7:42 pm

China’s leaders are flailing as markets drop

The government is not used to being bullied

Published on 1 February 2024 | 11:10 am

Bitcoin ETFs are off to a bad start. Will things improve?

Lessons from similar exchange-traded funds

Published on 1 February 2024 | 10:44 am

Biden’s chances of re-election are better than they appear

The economy is providing a headwind at present. That could soon change

Published on 1 February 2024 | 10:42 am

What four more years of Joe Biden would mean for America’s economy

Bigger government, for a start

Published on 30 January 2024 | 9:40 pm

Evergrande’s liquidation is a new low in China’s property crisis

A judge in Hong Kong surprises the mainland

Published on 29 January 2024 | 1:04 pm

Your pay is still going up too fast

Why the last part of the inflation fight may be the hardest

Published on 28 January 2024 | 12:34 pm

The false promise of friendshoring

America, China and Europe appear to be trading less with their geopolitical rivals

Published on 25 January 2024 | 11:14 am

How American states squeeze athletes (and remote workers)

The public loves jock taxes; baseball players do not

Published on 25 January 2024 | 11:05 am

Why sweet treats are increasingly expensive

For the sake of your wallet, it might be time to rethink your diet

Published on 25 January 2024 | 11:04 am

What Donald Trump can learn from the Big Mac index

Should the presidential candidate go on another crusade against the yuan?

Published on 25 January 2024 | 11:01 am

Investors may be getting the Federal Reserve wrong, again

Why expectations of imminent interest-rate cuts could be misplaced

Published on 24 January 2024 | 9:16 pm

Wall Street titans are betting big on insurers. What could go wrong?

How private-markets giants are overhauling the financial system

Published on 23 January 2024 | 10:13 pm

As China’s markets suffer, what alternatives do investors have?

Optimism about the world’s second-largest stockmarket is a distant memory

Published on 22 January 2024 | 9:13 pm

The Middle East faces economic chaos

Escalating conflict threatens to tip several countries over the brink

Published on 18 January 2024 | 11:10 am

Australian houses are less affordable than they have been in decades

In spite of rising borrowing costs, prices have stayed stubbornly resilient

Published on 18 January 2024 | 10:55 am

The countries which raised rates first are now cutting them

Farewell to Hikelandia

Published on 18 January 2024 | 10:34 am

Wall Street is praying firms will start going public again

The IPO market is on its longest cold streak since 1980

Published on 18 January 2024 | 10:21 am

What economists have learnt from the post-pandemic business cycle

The curious and furious recovery has brought some old ideas back to the fore

Published on 17 January 2024 | 6:10 pm

China’s population is shrinking and its economy is losing ground

The “peak China” narrative is proving difficult to shift

Published on 17 January 2024 | 4:14 pm

Ted Pick takes charge of Morgan Stanley

Can he keep the bank’s stellar run going?

Published on 16 January 2024 | 9:41 pm

How strong is India’s economy under Narendra Modi?

It has neither boomed nor slumped. But growth may be taking off

Published on 15 January 2024 | 8:40 pm

Bill Ackman provides a lesson in activist investing

His battle with Harvard University features familiar weapons

Published on 11 January 2024 | 11:04 am

Will spiking shipping costs cause inflation to surge?

Disruption in the Suez and Panama canals is prompting concern

Published on 11 January 2024 | 11:02 am

A guide to the Chinese Communist Party’s economic jargon

It is incomprehensible, and increasingly important

Published on 11 January 2024 | 11:00 am

Has Team Transitory really won America’s inflation debate?

As prices cool, the battle heats up

Published on 10 January 2024 | 8:44 pm

Xi Jinping risks setting off another trade war

Why Western politicians should prepare for a second “China shock”

Published on 9 January 2024 | 8:27 pm

What happened to the artificial-intelligence investment boom?

Perhaps AI is a busted flush. Perhaps the revolution will just take time

Published on 7 January 2024 | 4:23 pm

Three surprises that could inflame commodity markets in 2024

What it would take for another bout of mayhem

Published on 4 January 2024 | 11:13 am

American stocks loiter near an all-time high

Their performance this year will depend on the real economy

Published on 4 January 2024 | 10:42 am

Robert Solow was an intellectual giant

His criticisms were energetic and witty, which could make them harder to take

Published on 4 January 2024 | 10:40 am

Has America really escaped inflation?

The country’s extraordinary economic vigour keeps the threat alive

Published on 3 January 2024 | 7:36 pm

How to get rich in the 21st century

The race to become the next economic superpower

Published on 2 January 2024 | 8:51 pm

Will America manage a soft landing in 2024?

Policymakers rarely bring down inflation without a recession. This time they might

Published on 29 December 2023 | 2:22 pm

The five biggest market surprises of 2023

Shareholders have had a remarkably good year. Forecasters have had a terrible one

Published on 27 December 2023 | 3:39 pm

Where does the modern state come from?

Economists attempt to answer a profound political question

Published on 20 December 2023 | 1:42 pm

Can the carbon-offset market be saved?

Market prices have crashed

Published on 20 December 2023 | 1:42 pm

Hong Kong’s problems trace back to China. And also America

The “superconnector” suffers the worst of both worlds

Published on 20 December 2023 | 1:42 pm

Why bitcoin is up by almost 150% this year

Introducing the cockroach theory of crypto

Published on 18 December 2023 | 9:23 pm

Which economy did best in 2023?

Another unlikely triumph

Published on 17 December 2023 | 6:03 pm

The mystery of Britain’s dirt-cheap stockmarket

It might be old and unfashionable, but investors are ignoring surprisingly juicy yields

Published on 14 December 2023 | 11:25 am

Is China understating its own export success?

The $230bn puzzle at the heart of the country’s trade figures

Published on 14 December 2023 | 11:23 am

How to sneak billions of dollars out of China

A new era of capital flight has begun

Published on 14 December 2023 | 11:21 am

Why stockpickers should get out more

The importance of having an opinion about Baku’s kebabs

Published on 14 December 2023 | 10:59 am

How to put boosters under India’s economy

With the right policies, growth could be astonishing

Published on 14 December 2023 | 10:55 am

Europe’s economy is in a bad way. Policymakers need to react

Wage growth now appears to be fizzling out

Published on 12 December 2023 | 9:19 pm

Vladimir Putin is running Russia’s economy dangerously hot

Extravagant war spending is fuelling inflation

Published on 10 December 2023 | 4:39 pm

Will China leave behind its economic woes in 2024?

Xi Jinping must decide whether to set an ambitious growth target

Published on 7 December 2023 | 11:26 am

Why it might be time to buy banks

Just not in America

Published on 7 December 2023 | 11:20 am

How to sell free trade to green types

This year’s COP offers an opportunity to make the case

Published on 7 December 2023 | 11:18 am

Will a fiscal mess thwart Japan’s nascent economic growth?

Fears first raised a quarter of a century ago may be about to come true

Published on 7 December 2023 | 11:16 am

At last, a convincing explanation for America’s drug-death crisis

There is a more plausible cause than despair

Published on 7 December 2023 | 11:02 am

Who made millions trading the October 7th attacks?

Researchers highlight suspicious activity

Published on 5 December 2023 | 3:44 pm

Is the world’s most important asset market broken?

Regulators have proposed radical changes to how Treasuries are traded, to the dismay of investors

Published on 3 December 2023 | 9:09 pm

Why economists are at war over inequality

Income gaps are growing inexorably—aren’t they?

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:56 am

Short-sellers are endangered. That is bad news for markets

Nobody likes shorts, but they provide an invaluable service

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:53 am

How to get African oil out of the ground without Western lenders

Go local, woo traders or head east

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:51 am

China edges towards a big bail-out

But officials are wary of moral hazard

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:50 am

Real wages have risen in America and are rebounding in Europe

Yet workers remain miserable

Published on 30 November 2023 | 11:50 am

An unruly OPEC is causing problems for Russia and Saudi Arabia

The cartel is failing to drive up oil prices

Published on 29 November 2023 | 7:09 pm

Welcome to a golden age for workers

How jobs are being transformed for the better

Published on 28 November 2023 | 9:48 pm

How will America’s economy fare in 2024? Don’t ask a forecaster

The consensus is that there is no consensus

Published on 23 November 2023 | 11:48 am

The obesity pay gap is worse than previously thought

It affects men as well as women, and is wider for the well-educated

Published on 23 November 2023 | 11:13 am

How to save China’s economy

Lessons from the last stimulus for the next one

Published on 23 November 2023 | 10:39 am

Investors are going loco for CoCos

Thanks to miserable yields in stocks, AT1 bonds have gone from death-blow to go-go

Published on 23 November 2023 | 10:38 am

The rich world claims it has paid its overdue climate debts

That will not stop countries squabbling over the bill for a hotter planet

Published on 23 November 2023 | 10:33 am

Another crypto boss falls

Changpeng Zhao may face jail, while his firm pays a $4.3bn fine

Published on 22 November 2023 | 9:04 pm

Why house prices have risen once again

Across the rich world, they have brushed off higher rates. Can that last?

Published on 21 November 2023 | 6:48 pm

Inside Hamas’s sprawling financial empire

Why Israel is powerless to dismantle the group’s finances

Published on 20 November 2023 | 9:49 pm

What will artificial intelligence mean for your pay?

A dispatch from industries on the front line of economic transformation

Published on 16 November 2023 | 11:12 am

Ray Dalio is a monster, suggests a new book. Is it fair?

The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund comes under scrutiny

Published on 16 November 2023 | 10:52 am

How the young should invest

Markets have dealt them a bad hand. They could be playing it better

Published on 16 November 2023 | 10:39 am

Joe Biden’s failures on trade benefit China

A new disappointment for Asian free-traders

Published on 15 November 2023 | 3:10 pm

The false promise of green jobs

Modern industrial policy has a tension at its heart

Published on 14 November 2023 | 6:58 pm

America may soon be in recession, according to a famous rule

But is it right?

Published on 14 November 2023 | 6:55 pm

What can inflation-strugglers learn from inflation-killers?

Why America, Australia, Britain and Canada are lagging behind

Published on 12 November 2023 | 5:54 pm

The Chinese yuan is losing value, yet gaining ground

Low interest rates have a paradoxical effect

Published on 9 November 2023 | 10:59 am

In praise of America’s car addiction

How vehicle-dependence makes the country fairer and more efficient

Published on 9 November 2023 | 10:55 am

Why American manufacturing is becoming less efficient

The unfortunate reversal of a long-standing trend

Published on 9 November 2023 | 10:52 am

America’s bad auto loans could have nasty consequences

The country’s credit unions are particularly exposed

Published on 9 November 2023 | 10:49 am

America’s economic might gives it little sway in the Middle East

How its influence has declined over the past three decades

Published on 9 November 2023 | 10:47 am

Forget the S&P 500. Pay attention to the S&P 493

The alternative benchmark offers a better view of America’s stockmarket

Published on 8 November 2023 | 8:15 pm

Are politicians brave enough for daredevil economics?

New research shows rapid liberalisation offers growth, along with initial pain

Published on 8 November 2023 | 6:52 pm

Sam Bankman-Fried’s downfall is complete

The erstwhile crypto king is convicted of seven counts of fraud

Published on 3 November 2023 | 1:47 am

Investors are paying close attention to the world’s safest assets

Forget the Federal Reserve. There is a new show in town

Published on 2 November 2023 | 2:17 pm

The Middle East’s economy is caught in the crossfire

Before the war in Gaza, it had been poised to boom

Published on 2 November 2023 | 11:11 am

American banks now offer customers a better deal

How much higher will interest payments go?

Published on 2 November 2023 | 11:08 am

China’s economy is a mess. Why aren’t firms going under?

The government’s desire to avoid bankruptcies is another drag on growth

Published on 2 November 2023 | 11:07 am