Global Economy

Inflation is the easiest way out of this – just don’t expect politicians to admit it
Rishi Sunak brandishing a big needle
Inflation

Inflation is the easiest way out of this – just don’t expect politicians to admit it

The UK government borrowed £34.1bn in December, a record amount for that month. Britain's debt pile now amounts to 100% of GDP. How are we going to pa…
22 Jan 2021
Beware: inflation is starting to stir in the US
US Federal Reserve Building
Inflation

Beware: inflation is starting to stir in the US

With US consumer prices up by 1.4% in the last year, concern about inflation is now everywhere.
22 Jan 2021
Inflation looks likely to take off this year – but there’s one key risk
Shopper in a Chinese supermarket
Inflation

Inflation looks likely to take off this year – but there’s one key risk

With the world’s governments spending money hand over fist, inflation looks certain to take off at some point. But China could change all that. John S…
19 Jan 2021
It's not just the UK – we're seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe
House for sale in Toronto
Property

It's not just the UK – we're seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe

Soaring house prices aren’t just a UK thing, they’re a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s no coincidence – the underlying cause is much the same. John Ste…
18 Jan 2021
A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know
Woman in a supermarket
Inflation

A beginner’s guide to inflation – everything you need to know

One of the most frequently mentioned topics in the news these days is inflation. But what exactly is inflation and how does it affect the economy and …
18 Jan 2021
Forget austerity – governments and central banks have no intention of cutting back
Global Economy

Forget austerity – governments and central banks have no intention of cutting back

Once the pandemic is over will we return to an era of austerity to pay for all the stimulus? Not likely, says John Stepek. The money will continue to …
15 Jan 2021
Of course bitcoin is a bubble – a bubble you can’t ignore
Bitcoin

Of course bitcoin is a bubble – a bubble you can’t ignore

Bitcoin’s wild ride is being called a bubble by many. And it is, says Dominic Frisby. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And it’s a bubble in whi…
13 Jan 2021
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The price of this commodity has almost doubled since the start of the year
Gas

The price of this commodity has almost doubled since the start of the year

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is fetching record prices in Asia, almost doubling in the last two weeks alone. John Stepek explains why this is so import…
12 Jan 2021
The charts that matter: the dollar bounces, bitcoin soars, Tesla roars
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the dollar bounces, bitcoin soars, Tesla roars

As bitcoin and Tesla go stratospheric and the US dollar rebounds, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.
9 Jan 2021
Bitcoin mania, inflation, and the idea of a great global reset
Bitcoin

Bitcoin mania, inflation, and the idea of a great global reset

Merryn and John talk about the US market's epic bubble, Tesla's nutty valuation and how bitcoin mania has taken over the world – is it really gold for…
8 Jan 2021
Here’s why you should pay attention to the Chinese yuan
Currencies

Here’s why you should pay attention to the Chinese yuan

The Chinese yuan is at its strongest level for over two years – and a strong yuan means higher inflation. That’s something you need to prepare for, sa…
5 Jan 2021
The recipe for economic growth
Economy

The recipe for economic growth

Long-term development isn’t a linear progression: many countries get stuck in the middle-income trap. What do they have in common and how might they e…
31 Dec 2020
This market did remarkably well in 2020 and almost no one noticed
Global Economy

This market did remarkably well in 2020 and almost no one noticed

Away from the headlines, two big things happened this year, says John Stepek. There was an important shift in the way governments think. And Japan’s s…
29 Dec 2020
Will 2021 hold one last deflation scare?
Global Economy

Will 2021 hold one last deflation scare?

With many looking ahead to a world of high inflation, John Stepek looks at a couple of potential scenarios that could give the world one last deflatio…
28 Dec 2020
How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade
Global Economy

How Asia's RCEP deal has brought the return of free trade

While Britain and the EU struggle to come to terms, 15 Asia-Pacific countries quietly signed the biggest free-trade deal in history. That’s a welcome …
25 Dec 2020
Here's looking forward to freedom in 2021
Global Economy

Here's looking forward to freedom in 2021

We often talk about the pent-up demand for goods created by the pandemic. But don’t underestimate the pent-up demand for physical freedom and to the i…
24 Dec 2020
Australia’s economy bounces back
Asian economy

Australia’s economy bounces back

Australia’s economy endured its first recession in 29 years in the first half of 2020. But things are now looking up.
20 Dec 2020
The charts that matter: bitcoin surges to a new record high
Global Economy

The charts that matter: bitcoin surges to a new record high

As bitcoin storms through its previous record high price, John Stepek looks at how it's affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.
19 Dec 2020
It’s time investors prepared for inflation
Inflation

It’s time investors prepared for inflation

A lot of people seem to think that big price rises are a thing of the past. But investors could be hit with a few inflationary surprises in the coming…
18 Dec 2020
Ray Dalio: flood of money threatens its value
Global Economy

Ray Dalio: flood of money threatens its value

We are seeing a flood of money and credit that, while lifting asset prices, will undermine the value of that money, says Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgew…
18 Dec 2020
Get ready to say “hello” to inflation
Inflation

Get ready to say “hello” to inflation

With the collapse of both supply and demand, this was no ordinary recession. But as the world returns to normal, supply will remain subdued as demand …
17 Dec 2020
The charts that matter: the ECB disappoints, bitcoin slips
Global Economy

The charts that matter: the ECB disappoints, bitcoin slips

The European Central Bank under-delivered in its latest meeting on monetary policy, and bitcoin slipped back a little this week. John Stepek looks at …
12 Dec 2020