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OECD premature in its praise of Donald Trump’s economic plan

Remember all that economic doom and gloom about Donald Trump’s presidency? It seems a world away from the OECD’s first economic forecast since his election victory. The club of mainly…

What the options market tells you about Donald Trump

It’s time to get back to normal. Years of ultra-low interest-rate policies by the US Federal Reserve have led to some head-scratching distortions, with US utilities commanding higher price-to-earnings ratios…

Is Trump really serious about protection?

Perhaps the most important among all the many uncertainties surrounding the economic policy of the Trump administration are those related to trade and protection. During the election campaign, the president-elect…

Fidel Castro, former Cuban president, 1926–2016

He seized power audaciously in 1959 and commanded to the last a powerful personal following inside and outside Cuba. But during more than half a century in office Fidel Castro,…

More than $5.1bn flow into US stock funds

US stock funds continue to pull in investor’s cash after the US election, as Donald Trump’s rhetoric over renewed growth for the economy shows no sign of abating. Just over…

US bond yields receive a boost from fiscal policy

The sharp rise in yields on sovereign debt this month might lead some investors to conclude that the long bull run in global bond markets is over. US Treasury yields…

Colombia’s central bank sits pat for 4th straight month

Colombia’s central bank on Friday left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 7.75 per cent for a fourth straight month, as inflation cooled and economic activity slowed. In August, policymakers…

US court temporarily bars overtime pay expansion

A Texas district court has temporarily blocked the expansion of overtime pay for the US workforce, threatening to dismantle another key landmark of Barack Obama’s legacy. From December 1 an…

US Fed moves closer to raising interest rates

The US Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates, as more officials say the central bank should act “relatively soon” and some push for a rise in December. …

Fed minutes show case for rate hike strengthening

Members of the US Federal Reserve concluded earlier this month that the case for a rate rise continued to strengthen, but that the​y​​ ​should wait for more evidence of inflation…