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A baby-formula shortage feeds criticism of corporate heft and price gouging

The former is a valid concern. The latter is a misleading distraction

Published on 17 May 2022 | 7:52 pm


Global growth is slowing, but not stopping—yet

The Chinese and Russian economies, though, are probably shrinking

Published on 15 May 2022 | 5:10 pm


The world needs a new economic motor. Could India fit the bill?

The shifting structure of the global economy will make that hard

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Digital payments have gone viral in Brazil

Why the central bank’s instant-payments platform, Pix, has been a smash hit

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Why Italy’s borrowing costs are surging once again

Despite all the euro zone’s crisis-proofing, Italy remains a worry

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Even outside America, inflation is starting to look entrenched

Five indicators suggest Anglophone countries are suffering the most

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


China’s extraordinary export boom comes to an end

Covid-related supply bottlenecks meet slowing foreign demand

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Which housing markets are most exposed to the coming interest-rate storm?

The pain of rising mortgage repayments will be harder to bear in some places than in others

Published on 14 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Russia is on track for a record trade surplus

Imports have collapsed, but exports are holding up

Published on 13 May 2022 | 4:00 pm


The crypto infrastructure cracks

A vicious sell-off in risky assets jolts stablecoins

Published on 12 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Who wins from carnage in the credit markets?

The stakes are rising for bondpickers

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Will an ever feebler currency save or sink Japan’s economy?

The yen’s steepest fall in two decades will be hard to arrest

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Why long-term economic growth often disappoints

A new paper suggests technological progress is overrated

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Watchdogs take a swipe at Apple Pay

Why complaints about Apple’s walled garden are multiplying

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Russia’s economy is back on its feet

There's a reason for its resilience

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


India begins the privatisation of its huge life-insurance company

But is the country’s largest-ever IPO a dud?

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


China’s erratic policies are terrifying investors

The folly of zero covid has turned former evangelists into fierce critics

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


The Fed’s balance-sheet is about to shrink. Wall Street is not ready

Could the giant market for Treasury bonds seize up?

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Desperate Lebanese depositors are taking their banks to court

Few have been successful, and parliament may ensure lenders dodge accountability

Published on 7 May 2022 | 12:00 am


Vast sums of money have gone missing from pandemic stimulus programmes

The counts will continue to grow

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


How would an energy embargo affect Germany’s economy?

Researchers draw some lessons from past episodes

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


A divergence in consumer surveys adds to recession worries for America

A strong jobs market is not enough to negate the damage from soaring inflation

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Russia cuts off gas to two European countries. Who’s next?

The game of energy poker is getting scarier

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Slow pain or fast pain? The implications of low investment yields

A new book on living with low expected returns

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


China should worry less about its currency

…and more about its economy

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Are emerging economies on the verge of another “lost decade”?

Rising interest rates, inflation and geopolitics are a toxic mix

Published on 30 April 2022 | 12:00 am


A requiem for negative government-bond yields

The era of cheap money may be ending, but investors will still reach for yield

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


All over the rich world, new businesses are springing to life

More entrepreneurship is likely to be good for the economy

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


A surprise sacking at China Merchants Bank frightens investors

One of the world’s largest banks sheds tens of billions of dollars in market value

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


New research spells out the benefits of diverse supply chains

The IMF finds that reshoring leaves a country more exposed to shocks

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


What an end to quantitative easing means for Italian debt

Investors will begin to follow Italy’s politics again

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Does high inflation matter?

Economists and the public have very different views on the question

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


After getting inflation so wrong, can the Fed now get it right?

The hawks are taking flight

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


China’s two-front fight to quash the virus and revive its economy

GDP held up in the first quarter, but retail sales slid in March

Published on 23 April 2022 | 12:00 am


What bigger military budgets mean for the economy

Russia’s war has shown that we live in a guns-and-butter world

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Consumer prices in America rise at their fastest pace since 1981

How inflation is becoming more broad-based

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


The complicated politics of crypto and web3

Libertarian dream, or socialist Utopia?

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


The latest industry to suffer labour shortages: investment banking

Banks are having to work harder than ever to attract and retain top talent

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Sri Lanka’s default could be the first of many

Soaring commodity prices and higher interest rates imperil the finances of many poor countries

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Xi Jinping’s bold plan for China’s next phase of innovation

If it works, the strategy will redraw the country’s economic map

Published on 16 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Has the pound become emerging-market money?

Why the British currency has become more vulnerable to crises—and strangely popular

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


HDFC Bank’s merger marks a milestone for India

The new entity will be one of the world’s biggest banks by market valuation

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Bonds signal recession. Stocks have been buoyant. What gives?

Stocks may have been ahead of bonds on inflation risk

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


The American property market is once again looking bubbly

Soaring mortgage rates have yet to cool exuberant demand

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


The Federal Reserve prepares for quantitative tightening

Goodbye, QE. Hello, QT

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


China has a celebrated history of policy experiments

Still, researchers find it could improve how it does them

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Omicron is dealing a big blow to China’s economy

For a timely take, analysts are turning to unconventional indicators

Published on 9 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Are labour markets in the rich world too tight?

Certainly in America, and probably elsewhere

Published on 5 April 2022 | 12:00 am


The White House wants to close a tax loophole used by the ultra-rich

A plan to go after unrealised capital gains faces big hurdles

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Surging food prices take a toll on poor economies

In places like Sri Lanka and Egypt, they add to existing strains

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Under unprecedented sanctions, how is the Russian economy faring?

Better than you might think

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Can the Fed pull off an “immaculate disinflation”?

Past experience suggests soft landings are rare

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Will dollar dominance give way to a multipolar system of currencies?

Recent trends suggest the yuan will not gain much

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


What can Russia do to sell its unwanted oil?

China and India sniff a bargain

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


America’s gas frackers limber up to save Europe

There might be little they can do in the short term

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


India grapples with the new realities of the global oil market

The question is how to pay for Russian oil

Published on 2 April 2022 | 12:00 am


Under unprecedented sanctions, how is the Russian economy faring?

Better than you might think

Published on 30 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The transition to clean energy will mint new commodity superpowers

We look at who wins and loses

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Have economists led the world’s environmental policies astray?

A new book argues for a supercharged approach to net zero

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Millennial demand helps stoke the housing boom

The frenzy reflects more than demographics

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The parallels between the nickel-trading fiasco and the LIBOR scandal

From afar London’s vaunted finance-industry heritage looks a lot like backwardness

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Why foreign investors are feeling jittery about China

Geopolitics are only their latest concern

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Three big uncertainties cloud the oil market

OPEC’s calculations, America’s shale quandary and Chinese lockdowns make a volatile mix

Published on 26 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Sanctions-dodgers hoping to use crypto to evade detection are likely to be disappointed

It may have more going for it as a tool to help Ukraine’s fundraising efforts

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Governments are proposing windfall taxes on energy firms

The taxes are tempting on paper, but tricky in practice

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The inflationary consequences of Russia’s war will spread

Inflation, already high, will go higher still. What will central banks do?

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Can foreign-currency reserves be sanction-proofed?

The war will be as formative for reserve managers as the Asian financial crisis was

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Will China’s covid lockdowns add to strains on supply chains?

The government’s fight against the disease has extended to Shanghai and Shenzhen

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Globalisation and autocracy are locked together. For how much longer?

Disentangling the two will be hard, and costly

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The disturbing new relevance of theories of nuclear deterrence

Lessons from the work of Thomas Schelling

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


A nickel-trading fiasco raises three big questions

London’s freewheeling metals exchange is under scrutiny

Published on 19 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Our crony-capitalism index offers a window into Russia’s billionaire wealth

Rich folk in autocratic countries remain vulnerable to the whims of dictators

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


How oil shocks have become less shocking

Soaring crude prices stoke fears of recession, but the global economy looks resilient

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Iran’s flourishing stockmarket reflects its resilient economy

The economy was hurt badly by sanctions but did not collapse

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Western credit markets are holding up remarkably well

Post-financial-crisis reforms are helping them weather the storm

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Russia looks to Chinese financial plumbing to keep money flowing

It isn’t connected to the world well enough to help much

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


War in Ukraine will cripple global food markets

The share of incomes spent on staples is about to jump everywhere

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Can the world cope without Russia’s huge commodity stash?

High prices will outlast the war

Published on 12 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The West’s threat of a ban on Russian oil shakes markets

How an embargo will reverberate

Published on 7 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Investors are terrible at forecasting wars

Markets are just as clueless after conflicts happen

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


War and sanctions means higher inflation

But not necessarily higher interest rates

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


Vladimir Putin’s Fortress Russia is crumbling

The chaos in Russian markets shows the impossibility of economic “self-reliance”

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


South Korea’s economy threatens to become like Japan’s

That could spell enormous trouble

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


European banks have most to lose in Russia

And it’s not just about loans

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The war in Europe is a triple whammy for emerging markets

It will add to an already long list of headaches

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


China scrambles to prevent property pandemonium

As defaults escalate, another shock threatens to hit the global economy

Published on 5 March 2022 | 12:00 am


The rouble’s collapse compounds Russia’s isolation

Capital controls may soon follow, destroying the last vestige of the country's financial credibility

Published on 28 February 2022 | 12:00 am


How new sanctions could cripple Russia’s economy

The brutal logic behind measures targeting the central bank

Published on 27 February 2022 | 3:06 pm


The many virtues of the yen, the rich world’s cheapest currency

Japan has low inflation, cheap stocks and a strong international balance-sheet

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


Gold demand has surged in India

Despite the government’s efforts, Indians are rushing to stash metal under the mattress

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


Despite bulging debt everywhere, the IMF is struggling to be helpful

The world’s lender of last resort is hampered by geopolitical tensions

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


The economic consequences of the war in Ukraine

Expect higher inflation, lower growth and some disruption to financial markets

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


How to avoid a fatal backlash against globalisation

Studying how the first era ended could help preserve the second

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


America’s tariff wall on Chinese imports looks increasingly like Swiss cheese

As avoidance booms, so does the trade deficit

Published on 26 February 2022 | 12:00 am


With maverick policies, Turkey cannot hope to bring down prices

Stabilising the lira will not be enough to stave off inflation

Published on 25 February 2022 | 4:00 pm


The battle to modernise Italy's corporate governance

A bank fights billionaires over the fate of the country's largest insurance firms

Published on 25 February 2022 | 4:00 pm


Will prediction markets live up to the hype?

Their mainstream appeal remains uncertain

Published on 19 February 2022 | 12:00 am


Citigroup is disposing of its international retail network

The sale marks the end of a remarkable experiment in global finance

Published on 19 February 2022 | 12:00 am


The true cost of empty offices

Property investors are sitting on big losses

Published on 19 February 2022 | 12:00 am


Labour v capital in the post-lockdown economy

As prices and wages rise, are workers or firms winning?

Published on 19 February 2022 | 12:00 am