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What is a celebrity worth?

The price of fameWhat is a celebrity worth?How celebrities price themselves on CameoFinance & economicsMar 6th 2021 edition“THE WRITER of this piece deserves a big raise,” says Bret “The Hitman” Hart, a professional wrestler from the 1990s. “He is the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be,” he adds, echoing his old catchphrase....

Greensill Capital’s woes will reverberate widely

Accounts dueGreensill Capital’s woes will reverberate widelyThe supply-chain financier’s troubles highlight overlooked risks in the systemFinance & economicsMar 6th 2021 editionSUPPLIERS HATE being made to wait for the cash they are owed almost as much as their customers hate parting with it. What if high finance could help? Specialist firms have...

With growth on track, China starts to unwind stimulus

Taper testWith growth on track, China starts to unwind stimulusIts exit will offer a partial preview for othersFinance & economicsMar 6th 2021 editionTHE PHRASE “first in, first out” has become shorthand for China’s experience of the covid-19 pandemic: it is both where the virus started spreading and the first large country to control it. Its early...

Which emerging markets are most exposed to a Treasury tantrum?

The fragile fourWhich emerging markets are most exposed to a Treasury tantrum?Some countries may be victims of their own successFinance & economicsMar 6th 2021 editionTHERE ARE few greater honours than becoming finance minister of your country. But there are better and worse days to start the job. Chatib Basri became finance minister of Indonesia,...

Why people are worried about the bond-equity relationship

ButtonwoodWhy people are worried about the bond-equity relationshipBuried in the quant argot is a fear of a return to 1970s-style inflationFinance & economicsMOST PEOPLE have little time for quants. They find the language of quantitative finance far from illuminating. Even fairly numerate people struggle to grasp what comes easily to pointy-headed...

Might the pandemic pave the way for a universal basic income?

Cheques and balancesMight the pandemic pave the way for a universal basic income?A true UBI seems far off. But more experimentation is likelyFinance & economicsWHEN ANDREW YANG began his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, his proposal for a “Freedom Dividend”—monthly cash payments of $1,000 to be paid to all Americans—distinguished...

Get ready for more bond-market scares

The inflation bogeymanGet ready for more bond-market scaresAnxieties about inflation, on which a constellation of asset prices depends, will persistFinance & economicsTHE WEEK in financial markets has got off to a breezy start, belying the turmoil of last week. Shortly after the New York market opened on March 1st, the S&P 500 index of leading...

Why the sacking of Petrobras’s boss spooked markets

Petrol problemsWhy the sacking of Petrobras’s boss spooked marketsIt suggests that in Brazil liberal reforms are falling further down the agendaFinance & economicsFeb 27th 2021 editionTHE PRESIDENT of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, likes to call his University of Chicago-educated economy minister, Paulo Guedes, his “Posto Ipiranga”, a chain of full-service...

The prices of sports cards and odd collectibles are booming, too

Free exchangeThe prices of sports cards and odd collectibles are booming, tooFinancial markets are social things, now more than everFinance & economicsFeb 27th 2021 editionTHE S&P 500 may be setting new highs, but to really take the measure of market exuberance look no further than Nyan Cat. The animated meme, encoded cryptographically into...

Why the sacking of the head of Petrobras spooked markets

Petrol problemsWhy the sacking of the head of Petrobras spooked marketsThe move suggests that liberal reforms are falling further down the agendaFinance & economicsFeb 27th 2021 editionTHE PRESIDENT of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, likes to call his University of Chicago-educated economy minister, Paulo Guedes, his “Posto Ipiranga”, a chain of full-service...

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