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Remote-first work is taking over the rich world

A growing body of research hints at why

Published on 30 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Why currency volatility could make a comeback

A decade of low inflation and interest rates smothered forex markets. Now consumer prices and rates are going up

Published on 30 October 2021 | 12:00 am


How the auction of our NFT cover went

The sale raised nearly $422,000 for charity

Published on 26 October 2021 | 8:06 pm


The market for non-fungible tokens is evolving

The Economist joins the fray by auctioning an NFT of our cover

Published on 24 October 2021 | 12:00 am


How soaring energy costs could hobble the covid-19 recovery

Past shocks have raised inflation and induced economic slumps

Published on 23 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Why it matters when trades settle

There is a case for redundancy in the settlement process

Published on 23 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Time for orderly resolution for Evergrande is running out

If the state has a grand plan, it will need to make it known soon

Published on 23 October 2021 | 12:00 am


The race to redefine cross-border finance

SWIFT enabled a surge in global payments over the decades. Now it faces threats from challengers—and is fighting back

Published on 21 October 2021 | 12:00 am


What to make of the new bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund

Depending on whom you ask it is either a breakthrough or a disappointment

Published on 21 October 2021 | 12:00 am


A triple shock slows China’s growth

Coal shortages, covid-19 and a construction slowdown all take their toll

Published on 21 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Jens Weidmann steps down from the Bundesbank

His resignation comes at a delicate moment for the euro zone

Published on 20 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Chinese companies suffer an intense cash crunch in offshore bond markets

Spreads on junk bonds are at their highest ever

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


A new study finds that dirty money remains easy to hide

Banks and corporate-service providers barely differentiate between clean and risky clients

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


The IMF decides to keep its boss

But not everyone is happy

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Germany’s workers are in the strongest position in 30 years

And they are demanding more pay

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


How to think about the unstoppable rise of index funds

They deserve scrutiny, not panic

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Another upward force on American inflation: the housing boom

Property could join energy, shipping, used cars and wages as a contributor to rising consumer prices

Published on 16 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Wages are surging across the rich world

What it means for the economic recovery

Published on 13 October 2021 | 12:00 am


The Nobel prize in economics celebrates an empirical revolution

David Card shares this year’s award with Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens

Published on 12 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Credit-card firms are becoming reluctant regulators of the web

From sex to free speech, what goes online is increasingly up to financial companies

Published on 12 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Does anyone actually understand inflation?

A pugnacious paper sets off a debate about the role of expectations in shaping prices

Published on 9 October 2021 | 12:00 am


A different approach to investing in developing countries

The concept of emerging markets is strained. Time to think about economic growth models instead

Published on 9 October 2021 | 12:00 am


A wave of green government bonds is flooding markets

The benefit may be more political than economic

Published on 9 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Could a $1trn coin end America’s debt-ceiling showdown?

Proponents argue that the zany proposal is the government’s least bad option

Published on 9 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Companies cast off their reluctance to invest

Many are promising an investment bonanza

Published on 7 October 2021 | 2:39 pm


Is the world economy going back to the 1970s?

Despite some eerie echoes, the past is not the best guide to the present

Published on 7 October 2021 | 12:00 am


The age of fossil-fuel abundance is dead

Dwindling investment in oil, gas and coal mean high prices are here to stay

Published on 4 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Can lending controls solve the problem of unaffordable housing?

More central banks are tightening curbs on risky lending. But that is unlikely to make housing much cheaper

Published on 2 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Just how Dickensian is China?

Inequality is better than it was. But it doesn’t feel that way

Published on 2 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Making sense of the chaos in commodity markets

The 2000s were about the supercycle. The 2020s are about supermayhem

Published on 2 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Two Fed presidents resign after criticism of their investment activities

The fact that no rules were broken means they need to be tightened

Published on 2 October 2021 | 12:00 am


The latest shock to China’s economy: power shortages

At least 19 provinces have suffered power cuts in recent weeks

Published on 2 October 2021 | 12:00 am


Award: Henry Curr

Published on 1 October 2021 | 12:00 am


China’s new political risk premium

A series of policy upheavals is putting off some investors

Published on 30 September 2021 | 12:00 am


How a housing downturn could wreck China’s growth model

Evergrande’s woes expose the economy’s unhealthy dependence on property

Published on 30 September 2021 | 12:00 am


America’s debt ceiling is a disaster, though fiscal rules can help

Putting strict limits on borrowing is arbitrary

Published on 25 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Beware the backlash as financiers muscle into rental property

As rents soar, so do the prospects of a regulatory crackdown

Published on 25 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Why it is wise to add bitcoin to an investment portfolio

It is a Nobel prize-winning diversification strategy

Published on 25 September 2021 | 12:00 am


China throws a wrench into a transpacific trade pact

Its application to join the CPTPP may not prosper, but it creates mischief

Published on 25 September 2021 | 12:00 am


How threatening are the high levels of corporate debt?

Research suggests property-related borrowing is the biggest headache

Published on 23 September 2021 | 2:50 pm


Natural-gas prices are spiking around the world

Unusual weather and supply outages are to blame

Published on 21 September 2021 | 12:00 am


What are the systemic risks of an Evergrande collapse?

The debacle is a test of Xi Jinping’s commitment to reshaping the economy

Published on 21 September 2021 | 12:00 am


How America should spend on child care

More money is not a guarantee of success

Published on 18 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Labour’s share in national income is both over- and under-explained

A new paper shows why economists’ understanding of the labour share is murky at best

Published on 18 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Is China already the world’s most dominant economy?

By one measure, yes

Published on 18 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Operation Tame Finance

Gary Gensler has big ambitions for the SEC, but may not have the big bucks

Published on 18 September 2021 | 12:00 am


How World Bank leaders put pressure on staff to alter a global index

An investigation puts paid to the Doing Business rankings, and puts Kristalina Georgieva in the spotlight

Published on 17 September 2021 | 12:00 am


China takes on Delta and its property developers at the same time

New activity figures reveal the economic cost of recent covid outbreaks

Published on 16 September 2021 | 12:00 am


America’s consumer-price inflation stays above 5% in August

“Trimmed means” are less alarming than headline gauges, but reveal widespread pressures

Published on 16 September 2021 | 12:00 am


A perfect storm for container shipping

Will prolonged disruptions shift the pattern of trade?

Published on 16 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Do physical assets offer investors refuge from inflation?

Property, infrastructure and farmland have their attractions. But they could prove victims of their own success

Published on 11 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Goldman Sachs taps public markets to bet on private equity

Investing in private equity goes meta

Published on 11 September 2021 | 12:00 am


How to turn NIMBYs into YIMBYs

Tweaking economic incentives might help boost housing supply

Published on 11 September 2021 | 12:00 am


China turns to new stock exchanges to channel finance to innovative firms

As foreign listings become harder to pull off, Xi Jinping hopes to make domestic ones easier

Published on 11 September 2021 | 12:00 am


The new economics of global cities

As economies reopen, activity is spreading outward from city centres

Published on 9 September 2021 | 12:00 am


In much of the world, economic policy is becoming tighter

Can the recovery bear it?

Published on 8 September 2021 | 12:00 am


A coup in Guinea adds fuel to aluminium’s red-hot rally

But developments in China, not Africa, could matter more for the metal’s price

Published on 7 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Sustainable investing faces the beginnings of a backlash

Ever keen to hold companies to account, virtuous investors now confront tricky questions

Published on 4 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Could climate change trigger a financial crisis?

The clearer governments are about emissions reduction, the less likely financial turbulence becomes

Published on 4 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Using bitcoin as legal tender

Is El Salvador’s move a costly gimmick or an attempt to lower transaction fees?

Published on 4 September 2021 | 12:00 am


At the Jackson Hole meeting, the Fed ponders an uneven recovery

Research presented at the monetary policymakers’ virtual pow-wow offers guidance

Published on 2 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Labour shortages threaten housing supply

There is more demand than ever for new homes. But there are too few people to build them

Published on 2 September 2021 | 12:00 am


The economy that covid-19 could not stop

Trade and foreign investment helped Vietnam emerge from extreme poverty. Can they make it rich?

Published on 2 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Wanted: a new economics writer

An opportunity to join the staff of The Economist

Published on 1 September 2021 | 12:00 am


Trading in Japanese government bonds is drying up. Does that matter?

Trading desks in Tokyo have fallen silent as the Bank of Japan has hoovered up bonds

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Out of Bill Ackman’s SPAC woes comes innovation

The world’s largest-ever SPAC might give way instead to a SPARC

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Ending pandemic unemployment aid has not yielded extra jobs—yet

American states that cut off extra benefits have seen increases in hardship, but not in employment

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


The new Powell doctrine

The Fed has taken a bold gamble under Jerome Powell. Will he get to see it through?

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Xi Jinping’s talk of “common prosperity” spooks the prosperous

The idea might be motivating everything from China’s crackdown on tech tycoons to a putative property tax

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Russia cultivates alternatives to Western financial firms

Abroad, though, their homegrown firms are minnows

Published on 28 August 2021 | 12:00 am


The case for mutual educational disarmament

And for a high-stakes, lower-effort test

Published on 21 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Just how mighty are active retail traders?

They are a force to be reckoned with. But most punters are still pretty boring

Published on 21 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Can neobanks’ popularity outlast the pandemic?

The fintechs saw a surge of interest during lockdown. Now to turn a profit

Published on 21 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Emerging-market policymakers grapple with rising inflation

Some central banks are raising interest rates. But that could slow economic recovery

Published on 21 August 2021 | 12:00 am


American consumers become warier

Could the Delta variant be denting confidence?

Published on 19 August 2021 | 2:49 pm


China’s Delta dilemma

Efforts to battle the virus compound an economic slowdown

Published on 19 August 2021 | 12:00 am


A glimpse into Japan’s understated financial heft in South-East Asia

It is a bigger investor in the region’s infrastructure projects than China

Published on 14 August 2021 | 12:00 am


How the delisting of Chinese firms on American exchanges might play out

$1.5trn of market capitalisation is at stake

Published on 14 August 2021 | 12:00 am


A new theory suggests that day-to-day trading has lasting effects on stockmarkets

How economists are rethinking the fundamentals of finance

Published on 14 August 2021 | 12:00 am


India consigns its tax time-machine to the past

The case of the retroactive tax illustrates the country’s strained relationship with foreign investors

Published on 14 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Britain’s regulator makes a play for SPAC listings

A rule change to attract the investment vehicles to London may be too little, too late

Published on 14 August 2021 | 12:00 am


America’s inflation scare becomes less menacing

Decelerating used-car prices suggest that the surge may be transitory

Published on 11 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Will the rich world’s worker deficit last?

It will depend on whether the people who have left the workforce can be lured back

Published on 10 August 2021 | 12:00 am


America’s roaring recovery might carry lessons for future recessions

Could a rapid recovery lead to permanently higher productivity?

Published on 7 August 2021 | 12:00 am


Does perishable e-money represent the future of fiscal stimulus?

Hong Kongers must use their consumption vouchers or lose them

Published on 7 August 2021 | 12:00 am


The SEC sets its sights on the crypto “Wild West”

Gary Gensler offers the most fleshed-out vision yet for what it might do

Published on 7 August 2021 | 12:00 am


As more defaults loom, China’s finance regulators face a dilemma

Evergrande and Huarong may be only the tip of the iceberg

Published on 5 August 2021 | 12:00 am


What if bitcoin went to zero?

A thought experiment helps uncover the links between crypto and mainstream finance

Published on 5 August 2021 | 12:00 am


The case for a further narrowing of euro-zone bond spreads

Italy’s have the furthest to fall. And it is coming into the fold

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Prices in Turkey are surging. But by how much?

Depending on whom you ask, inflation is either around 17% or 40%

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Despite climate concerns, demand for dirty fuels is surging

As industry recovers, coal and natural gas are resurgent

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Why have some places suffered more covid-19 deaths than others?

Income inequality is a big part of the answer

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Real Treasury yields plumb the depths

Anxiety about the economic recovery has taken hold

Published on 31 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Fintech is booming, despite a weak economy. Can that last?

Some Nigerian investors worry that the excitement is overdone

Published on 29 July 2021 | 2:42 pm


Could sympathy for debtors help boost consumption in China?

Shenzhen becomes the first Chinese city to offer personal bankruptcy protection

Published on 29 July 2021 | 2:42 pm


Robinhood takes its IPO to the masses

Our Wall Street correspondent participates

Published on 26 July 2021 | 4:00 am


The anatomy of a growth scare

Depending on where you look, the economic recovery is either on track or in trouble

Published on 24 July 2021 | 4:00 am


Can foreign venture capitalists make good money from Indian tech?

The formula for success cannot simply be copied across from America or China

Published on 24 July 2021 | 12:00 am


The private sector starts to invest in climate adaptation

Companies and investors hope to avert losses to climate catastrophes

Published on 24 July 2021 | 12:00 am


Outbreaks of covid-19 leave South-East Asia with little policy room

The return to economic normality will be arduous

Published on 24 July 2021 | 12:00 am