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Asian shares wobble as China halts trade talks with US.; oil rallies

Asia shares eased in holiday-thinned trading on Monday and the safe haven yen gained as China canceled upcoming tariff talks with the United States, while oil prices jumped

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How the yuan sets the tone in currency markets

MARIO DRAGHI, boss of the European Central Bank (ECB), is a polished speaker, clear and direct. Yet there was a moment after the bank’s monetary-policy meeting on September 13th when

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What a controversial pastry says about China’s economy

MOONCAKES are among the most divisive treats. For some the chewy pastries are delicacies on which to gorge for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a Chinese holiday that falls this year on

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The Fed stalls the creation of a bank with a novel business model

TEN years on from the financial crisis, the structure of American banking has not changed. At its core are government-guaranteed, and therefore cheap, deposits that banks put to work, primarily

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Asia is not immune to emerging-market woe

THERE are many ways to defend a currency. Ayam Geprek Juara, an Indonesian restaurant chain that serves crushed fried chicken, has offered free meals this month to customers who can

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SP 500, Dow hit new highs ahead of index reshuffle

The S&P 500 and Dow reached record highs on Friday ahead of Monday’s major sector reshuffle, capping a week that largely shrugged off trade worries. Trading volume was

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Extreme poverty is growing rarer

HANS ROSLING, a Swedish academic who died in 2017, became famous for telling people that the world was faring better

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Asian stocks extend recovery as trade worries take back seat

Asian stocks extended gains on Friday after Wall Street’s S&P 500 set a new all-time high, while the

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A radical idea for reducing inequality deserves more attention

RECENT decades have not been particularly good ones for those who toil on, rather than own, the means of production.

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Industrials lead Dow to record high; tech boosts SP, Nasdaq

Trade-sensitive industrial stocks led the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record closing high on Thursday, the last

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Money managers and charities are offering joint investment products

IMPACT investing, or investing according to your values, seems a nice idea. But it is hard to turn boutique products

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Asian markets follow global shares higher, trade war still in focus

Asian stocks rose in early trade on Thursday following a second day of gains on global share markets

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SP 500, Dow up as rising treasury yields boost banks

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average rose on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting its highest

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Markets are suffering from a nasty bout of millenarianism

A SKIT in the 1979 film, “The Secret Policeman’s Ball”, features Peter Cook, a revered British comedian, as the leader

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Tariffs may well bring some high-tech manufacturing back to America

YOU might think a company worth $ 1trn would gain a sympathetic hearing in the White House. Not, it seems,

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Wall Street bounces back as investors shrug off trade tensions

Wall Street rebounded on Tuesday in a broad-based rally as investors brushed aside intensifying trade rhetoric between the

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Asian stocks, US bond yields rise as trade row fails to dent confidence

Asian stocks rose and US Treasury yields hovered near four-month highs on Wednesday, as investors looked past the

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America is pushing the labour market to its limits

BY MANY measures, America’s economy is powering ahead. GDP is on track to grow at around 3% this year, and

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US stock futures, Asian shares drop as Trump slaps new tariffs on China

US stock futures and Asian shares fell on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump said he will impose

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