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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

How Japan poses a threat to the global financial system

Huge, reliable buyers of overseas bonds may be about to close their wallets

Published on 2 November 2023 | 11:07 am

Donald Trump’s second term would be a protectionist nightmare

His first term was bad enough

Published on 31 October 2023 | 3:43 pm

What a third world war would mean for investors

Global conflicts have a habit of sneaking up on money-managers

Published on 30 October 2023 | 6:35 pm

Israel’s war economy is working—for the time being

The longer the conflict lasts, the greater the pressure

Published on 26 October 2023 | 10:21 am

Investors are returning to hedge funds. That may be unwise

Look beyond the current turbulence

Published on 26 October 2023 | 10:17 am

America and the EU demonstrate protectionism’s ratchet effect

Negotiations over metal tariffs are going nowhere

Published on 26 October 2023 | 10:15 am

How health-care costs stopped rising

In America and elsewhere the received wisdom has been proved wrong

Published on 26 October 2023 | 10:13 am

America would struggle to break Iran’s oil-smuggling complex

After years of sanctions, it has become a sophisticated operation

Published on 25 October 2023 | 8:04 pm

Xi Jinping steps up his attempt to rescue China’s economy

The president unleashes stimulus, appoints a finance minister and visits the central bank

Published on 25 October 2023 | 5:37 pm

Welcome to the age of the hermit consumer

The world economy is witnessing a $600bn-a-year shift in behaviour

Published on 22 October 2023 | 3:48 pm

How free-market economics reshaped legal systems the world over

Friedrich Hayek’s followers promised growth. They may have overpromised

Published on 19 October 2023 | 10:31 am

Why it is time to retire Dr Copper

The red metal no longer tells investors much about the global economy

Published on 19 October 2023 | 10:25 am

Will Binance come over to the light side?

With FTX crushed, CZ must decide whether to go along with regulation

Published on 19 October 2023 | 10:22 am

Israel turns to financial weapons as well as military ones

It is going after Hamas on all fronts

Published on 19 October 2023 | 10:18 am

Do Amazon and Google lock out competition?

How to assess the trustbusters’ case

Published on 19 October 2023 | 9:37 am

China’s economy may be growing faster, but big problems remain

None is more unnerving than the threat of deflation

Published on 18 October 2023 | 6:21 pm

China’s banks may be loaded up with hidden bad loans

The industry’s covid-era hangover could be about to intensify

Published on 15 October 2023 | 4:36 pm

Can Egypt be persuaded to accept Gazan refugees?

The country’s economic vulnerability offers leverage

Published on 14 October 2023 | 7:57 pm

To beat populists, sensible policymakers must up their game

Weak economic growth is dangerous, as a wave of elections next year may show

Published on 12 October 2023 | 9:47 am

Investors should treat analysis of bond yields with caution

The exercise is more like reading tea leaves than scientific endeavour

Published on 12 October 2023 | 9:45 am

Retail investors have a surprising new favourite: Treasury bills

Banks face a fresh form of competition

Published on 12 October 2023 | 9:42 am

Corporate America faces a trillion-dollar debt reckoning

With interest rates set to stay higher for longer, who will bear the brunt?

Published on 12 October 2023 | 9:40 am

How economists have underestimated Chinese consumption

The surprising relevance of state-subsidised spicy cucumber

Published on 10 October 2023 | 4:01 pm

Claudia Goldin wins the Nobel prize in economics

Her work has overturned assumptions about gender equality

Published on 9 October 2023 | 8:45 pm

A jobs bonanza stirs fears the American economy is overheating

Study the new figures more closely, though, and inflation looks like less of a problem

Published on 6 October 2023 | 6:01 pm

To understand America’s job market, look beyond unemployed workers

Why talk of a skills shortage is overblown

Published on 5 October 2023 | 10:28 am

China’s greying population is refusing to save for retirement

Much to the frustration of the country’s policymakers

Published on 5 October 2023 | 10:18 am

Why India hopes to make it into more big financial indices

Will others follow the example of JPMorgan Chase?

Published on 5 October 2023 | 10:15 am

Why investors cannot escape China exposure

The country’s minuscule stockmarket is only the start of the story

Published on 5 October 2023 | 10:13 am

A surge in global bond yields threatens trouble

Investors fear markets are in for a turbulent time

Published on 4 October 2023 | 8:46 pm

Oil prices fall, defying suggestions of a $100 barrel

But bulls argue the landmark remains possible

Published on 3 October 2023 | 7:17 pm

How carbon prices are taking over the world

A quarter of global emissions are now covered, and the share is rising fast

Published on 1 October 2023 | 5:08 pm

Investors’ enthusiasm for Japanese stocks has gone overboard

Speculators have flocked to the country’s markets this year. They may soon regret it

Published on 28 September 2023 | 10:12 am

Sri Lanka shows how broken debt negotiations have become

The country’s creditors decide they have no choice but to freeze out China

Published on 28 September 2023 | 10:10 am

America’s Federal Reserve could soon be flying blind

A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences

Published on 28 September 2023 | 10:09 am

The costs of Russia’s war are about to hit home

Vladimir Putin will be unable to protect citizens from the pain

Published on 28 September 2023 | 10:09 am

Why the state should not promote marriage

Even though children from two-parent households do better in life

Published on 28 September 2023 | 9:36 am

Why fear is spreading in financial markets

Investors have begun to confront the long-haul reality of high interest rates

Published on 27 September 2023 | 6:54 pm

The city that encapsulates China’s economic stagnation

Zhengzhou’s experience suggests that local problems will be hard to fix

Published on 25 September 2023 | 5:49 pm

Does China’s fear of floating exceed its fear of deflation?

The central bank is constrained by its own limits on the yuan

Published on 21 September 2023 | 10:09 am

Renewable energy has hidden costs

Why it is often more expensive than policymakers expect to go green

Published on 21 September 2023 | 10:06 am

Why uranium prices are soaring

Conflicts and resurgent demand combine to radioactive effect

Published on 21 September 2023 | 9:57 am

How to avoid a common investment mistake

Think less about what to buy, and more about how much

Published on 21 September 2023 | 9:54 am

Macau offers a new way to get rich

Forget gambling. Invest in small Chinese firms instead

Published on 21 September 2023 | 9:52 am

How Asia is reinventing its economic model

The continent’s future will involve less Western influence

Published on 19 September 2023 | 7:14 pm

Why aren’t more people being sacked?

How inflation has fallen without mass casualties

Published on 17 September 2023 | 4:27 pm

India’s property market is ready for take-off

A clean-up by Narendra Modi’s government shows signs of success

Published on 14 September 2023 | 9:43 am

The resumption of student-loan payments will hit American growth

It is not just borrowers who face a return to reality

Published on 14 September 2023 | 9:42 am

Why diamonds are losing their allure

As an investment category, at least

Published on 13 September 2023 | 8:33 pm

Has the European Central Bank become too powerful?

From monetary policy to geopolitics to climate change, its responsibilities are growing

Published on 13 September 2023 | 8:15 pm

How to avoid a green-metals crunch

With ingenuity, a 6.5bn-tonne problem may be dodged

Published on 11 September 2023 | 8:39 pm

Does China face a lost decade?

Xi Jinping has the tools to escape Japan’s fate. He should use them

Published on 10 September 2023 | 12:28 pm

Argentina needs to default, not dollarise

A Milton Friedman tribute act is not the answer to the country’s problems

Published on 7 September 2023 | 10:18 am

Should you fix your mortgage for ever?

You can ignore rising rates, but you pay an arm and a leg

Published on 7 September 2023 | 10:17 am

How Chicago school economists reshaped American justice

The 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking work

Published on 7 September 2023 | 10:15 am

China’s slowdown is rattling Asian economies

Governments are rushing to limit the damage

Published on 7 September 2023 | 10:14 am

The end of a remarkable era in Indian finance

Uday Kotak, one of the past century’s great bankers, retired on September 1st

Published on 7 September 2023 | 10:13 am

A higher global oil price will help Russia pay for its war

The Kremlin tries new tactics to keep proceeds afloat

Published on 6 September 2023 | 4:50 pm

The $100trn battle for the world’s wealthiest people

Two financial giants look likely to crush the competition

Published on 5 September 2023 | 8:03 pm

Germany’s economic model is sputtering. So are its banks

Politicised governance and a diminished private sector undermine competitiveness

Published on 31 August 2023 | 10:21 am

Europe’s economy looks to be heading for trouble

Will policymakers still lift interest rates?

Published on 31 August 2023 | 10:21 am

How will politicians escape enormous public debts?

They will be unable to repeat the tricks of the 19th and 20th centuries

Published on 31 August 2023 | 10:00 am

Which country’s genius deserves the €200 note?

Europe prepares for a fight

Published on 31 August 2023 | 9:31 am

How can American house prices still be rising?

Mortgage payments are at their highest since the mid-1980s

Published on 30 August 2023 | 7:11 pm

High bond yields imperil America’s financial stability

Talk of a “Goldilocks” situation belies real danger

Published on 29 August 2023 | 6:28 pm

China’s shadow-banking industry threatens its financial system

Weak economic growth means the country is particularly vulnerable to contagion

Published on 28 August 2023 | 7:28 pm