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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

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Was the crash that big?

HOW big was China’s stockmarket crash? Dubbed “Black Monday”, August 24th ended with Chinese equities down 8.5%, wiping out hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalisation. Like many things about China, this sounds massive.Show More Summary

How natural resources breed violence

AFRICA is home to a tenth of the planet’s oil, a third of its mineral reserves and produces two-thirds of its diamonds. High prices may pep up the continent’s short-term economic growth, but scholars have long suspected that its plentiful natural resources also breed instability and violence. Show More Summary

How exposed are American households to the stock market?

Should the Federal Reserve worry about tanking stock markets? One reason for calm is that they do not much affect household finances. Just over half of Americans say they are invested in the stock market, but their direct stock holdings are small, making up only 14% of household balance sheets (see chart). Show More Summary

China's boom gone bust

THE stockmarket rout in China could be the first step towards a recasting of the global economy or a summertime speedbump in an otherwise healthy economy

China's stockmarket keeps plunging but cooler heads prevail

Double-minus-eight might sound very bad in Chinese, but is not a reason to panic

Ukraine’s debt negotiations are reaching a conclusion

AFTER months of talks, markets are expecting an announcement soon about the resolution Ukraine's debt crisis. On August 24th news leaked that Ukraine and its creditors had agreed to a 20% haircut on $19 billion-worth of debt (the rumours have not been confirmed). Show More Summary

Advantage: Doves

THE combination of weaker-than-expected CPI inflation and some dovish comments in the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting have caused the dollar, and yields on Treasury bonds, to fall. The traders are hopefully forecasting that the chance of a September rate rise is receding. Show More Summary

Trying to count China's jobless

New research claims that China's real unemployment rate might be more than twice as high as officially reported.

Not so hot commodities

COMMODITIES take a further dive which has impacted inflation globally and America finally eases its ban on crude oil exports

A third bail-out gets the green light

A MONTH ago Greek membership of the euro was in peril, as Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s powerful finance minister, argued that Greece should leave the monetary union for at least five years in what he euphemistically called a “time out”. Show More Summary

The euro-zone recovery is losing momentum

The euro-zone recovery, while intact, lacks vigour to a worrying extent

Silver linings

Some good news lies behind gloomy unemployment statistics

Google Hathaway

GOOGLE rebrands as 'Alphabet', Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway makes its biggest ever deal and two telecoms rivals merge in Italy

A book with too much information?

An economics contributor takes a look at a MIT professor's new book

Who's holding up Moldova?

Moldova's new prime minister needs to fix his country's economy fast

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