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As the Nikkei 225 hits record highs, Japan’s young start investing

Finance and economics | In the nick of timeWill more now favour domestic stocks?image: Alamy Feb 22nd 2024 (updated 5m ago)|TokyoSaito Mari, a 28-year-old nurse, was frustrated. Her pay, at just ¥160,000 ($1,100) a month, was meagre; after bills, rent, shopping and a few holidays, she had little left over. So in 2020 she decided to buy some stocks....

Thu Feb 22, 2024 09:42
Russia outsmarts Western sanctions—and China is paying attention

Finance and economics | Gaps in the fenceHow middle powers increasingly help America’s enemies image: Carl Godfrey Feb 21st 2024Nazem Ahmad, an art collector and financier, who owns work by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, has been under American sanctions since 2019. That may sound like a problem, but it has not stopped him from smuggling half a billion...

Thu Feb 22, 2024 00:45
Should you put all your savings into stocks?

Finance and economics | ButtonwoodAs markets roar, an old argument returns image: Satoshi Kambayashi Feb 19th 2024Less than two months of 2024 have passed, but the year has already been a pleasing one for stockmarket investors. The S&P 500 index of big American companies is up by 6%, and has passed 5,000 for the first time ever, driven by a surge...

Mon Feb 19, 2024 22:54
The Ukraine war offers energy arbitrage opportunities

Finance and economics | Conflict tradingIt also provides a glimpse at the future of European gas suppliesimage: AP Feb 15th 2024Europe had weathered one winter since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. But although gas prices had returned to Earth, they were sure to rise in the colder months to come. Thus if commodity merchants bought at rock-bottom...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 15:19
In defence of a financial instrument that fails to do its job

Finance and economics | Free exchangeInflation-linked bonds are a poor inflation hedge, but that’s not the pointimage: Álvaro Bernis Feb 15th 2024Although buying inflation-protected bonds to protect against inflation does not seem unreasonable, it would have been a spectacularly unprofitable move during the latest bout of inflation. One hundred dollars...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 13:20
Investing in commodities has become nightmarishly difficult

Finance and economics | ButtonwoodWhat happened to that “supercycle”?image: Satoshi Kambayashi Feb 15th 2024Only a few years ago, analysts and investors were aflutter with talk of a new “supercycle” in commodities. Some believed the world was about to repeat a surge in raw-material prices that began in the early 2000s, and lasted until the global financial...

Thu Feb 15, 2024 13:20

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