Global Economy

admin February 28, 2019

PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE and prudence: the latest incarnation of the European Central Bank’s policy guidance appears to take a leaf out of early Christian writings on virtue. The central bank has counselled that, because it takes time for pricing pressures to recover from crisis years, it will keep interest rates unchanged at least through the summer […]

admin February 21, 2019

“WE’VE BEEN gambling up to this point,” says Tim Bardole, a soyabean farmer from Iowa. After the price of soyabeans crashed last summer (see chart), he held on to most of his harvest and waited for the market to recover. But seven months later, and with large loans to repay, he sold up. “We decided […]

admin February 15, 2019

print-edition iconPrint edition | Finance and economics Feb 16th 2019 | SHANGHAI LAST YEAR, when American officials visited Beijing for trade negotiations, they spent more time fighting among themselves than against China. They could not agree on who should lead the talks or what their goal should be. Seeing such amateurism, their Chinese interlocutors reckoned […]

admin February 15, 2019

EVERY YEAR a few women become the first of their sex to hold a particular job. The stars of 2018 include Tennessee’s first female senator and the first female head of the New York Stock Exchange. There is the occasional male first, too: in 2018 the first men graduated from Norland College, which trains nannies […]

admin February 15, 2019

IMAGINE YOU have an assignation in New York. You have not been told where you should meet the other person and she has not been told where to meet you. You have no understanding of where to find her or where she might usually be found. She is as ignorant of you. You cannot communicate. […]

admin February 14, 2019

GIANT BANKS are made, not born. Today’s American behemoths were formed by a dizzying series of deals in the decade before the financial crisis. NationsBank and BankAmerica became Bank of America. Wells Fargo joined with Norwest. J.P. Morgan and Chase melded, and then bought Bank One. The crisis brought more mergers, but out of necessity […]

admin February 8, 2019

GERMANY’S EXPORTING prowess is so impressive that other countries seek to import even its policies. France recently passed labour reforms inspired by its neighbour to the east. British politicians periodically try to copy its vocational-training system. Governments far and near have sought to emulate the Mittelstand, its small and mid-size producers. Germany’s knack for producing […]

admin February 7, 2019

HURRIED THROUGH Congress in late 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the biggest overhaul to America’s tax system in more than 30 years. Boosters claimed it would turbocharge investment and growth, generating so much extra taxable income that it would pay for itself. Critics claimed it would shower the rich with tax […]

admin February 1, 2019

ITALY BOASTS no glittering economic record. GDP growth has trailed the euro-area average every year since 1999. Despite a decent showing in 2016-17, the economy has yet to regain fully the output lost during the global crisis a decade ago and a domestic banking scare a few years later. Now even its modest recovery seems […]

admin January 31, 2019

IN A COMEDY sketch from the 1980s, Rowan Atkinson plays the devil as a cross between a package-holiday guide and a louche English bureaucrat. Dressed in a smoking jacket, he welcomes the damned to Hell and, consulting his clipboard, sorts them into groups. Lawyers? Join the thieves and murderers over there. The French? Come down […]