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Natural-gas prices are spiking around the world

Finance & economicsBoiling overNatural gas prices are spiking around the worldUnusual weather and supply outages are to blameACROSS THE world, a natural-gas shortage is starting to bite. Prices of power in Germany and France have soared by around 40% in the past two weeks. In many countries, including Britain and Spain, governments are rushing through...

Natural gas prices are spiking around the world

Finance & economicsBoiling overNatural gas prices are spiking around the worldUnusual weather and supply outages are to blameACROSS THE world, a natural-gas shortage is starting to bite. Prices of power in Germany and France have soared by around 40% in the past two weeks. In many countries, including Britain and Spain, governments are rushing through...

What are the systemic risks of an Evergrande collapse?

Finance & economicsChina’s property woesWhat are the systemic risks of an Evergrande collapse?The debacle is a test of Xi Jinping’s commitment to reshaping the economyEditor’s note: This article was updated at 6am BST on September 22nd, to take account of Evergrande’s announcement that it would make a coupon payment the next day.CHINA’S FINANCIAL...

China throws a wrench into a transpacific trade pact

Finance & economicsWiping America’s eyeChina throws a wrench into a transpacific trade pactIts application to join the CPTPP may not prosper, but it creates mischiefChina’s request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (cptpp) landed on the desk of Damien O’Connor, trade minister of New Zealand, on September...

How World Bank leaders put pressure on staff to alter a global index

Finance & economicsKristaleanaHow World Bank leaders put pressure on staff to alter a global indexAn investigation puts paid to the Doing Business rankings, and puts Kristalina Georgieva in the spotlightTHE WORLD BANK’S Doing Business rankings, which are followed closely by leaders in China, India and elsewhere, are supposed to gauge how easy it...

How America should spend on child care

Finance & economicsSep 18th 2021 editionFree exchangeHow America should spend on child careMore money is not a guarantee of successUNLIKE MOST rich European countries, America lacks a coherent public child-care regime. But it has come surprisingly close to having one. During the second world war Congress set up federal child-care centres to encourage...

Labour’s share in national income is both over- and under-explained

Finance & economicsSep 18th 2021 editionPie in the skyLabour’s share in national income is both over- and under-explainedA new paper shows why economists’ understanding of the labour share is murky at bestTHE IDEA that the spoils of the modern economy are unfairly distributed has become part of public discourse in the rich world. One common villain...

Is China already the world’s most dominant economy?

Finance & economicsThe Thales of economicsIs China already the world’s most dominant economy?By one measure, yesIN 2010, WHEN President Barack Obama welcomed his Chinese counterpart to a summit in Washington, DC, he greeted him with a handshake and a swift, shallow dip of the head. The image of America’s president bowing before China made an arresting...

Operation Tame Finance

Finance & economicsButtonwoodOperation Tame FinanceGary Gensler has big ambitions for the SEC, but may not have the big bucksGARY GENSLER’S students at MIT Sloan were an appreciative bunch. Their nominations secured him the business school’s “Outstanding Teacher” award for the 2018-19 academic year. Now that he is the chairman of the Securities...

China takes on Delta and its property developers at the same time

Finance & economicsLion danceChina takes on Delta and its property developers at the same timeNew activity figures reveal the economic cost of recent covid outbreaksFOR SUCH a small place, Singapore has exercised an outsized influence on China’s economy. The city-state proved to reformers in China that a government could open up the economy without...

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