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As China’s economy slows, policymakers seek to revive growth

Finance & economicsA stone’s throwCan China revive growth without reviving speculation?GDP growth slowed in the fourth quarter, as lockdowns and regulatory crackdowns took a tollCHINA HAS not enjoyed much success at the sport of curling, which will feature in the Beijing winter Olympics beginning on February 4th. But China’s economic policymakers...

Why bank stocks are tumbling even as interest rates climb

Finance & economicsMixed messagesWhy bank stocks are tumbling even as interest rates climbHigher rates might crimp investment-bank profitsMUCH AS HIGHER milk prices are typically good news for dairy farmers, higher interest rates are meant to be good news for bankers. Conventional lenders make their money on the difference between the interest they...

Economists are revising their views on robots and jobs

Finance & economicsFree exchangeEconomists are revising their views on robots and jobsThere is little evidence of a pandemic-induced surge in automationWHEN THE pandemic first struck, unemployment soared. Not since the Depression had American joblessness surpassed 14%, as it did in April 2020. But fears of a prolonged period of high unemployment...

America’s labour shortages have done little to boost perks for workers

Finance & economicsOn the fringeAmerica’s labour shortages have done little to boost perks for workersLow-paid workers receive more in benefits than before the pandemic. But the disparity with the highly paid is still vastTHE PANDEMIC has fundamentally transformed the American workplace. More people than ever are working from home. Meetings have...

Why the bias for debt over equity is hard to dislodge

Finance & economicsButtonwoodWhy the bias for debt over equity is hard to dislodgeWith the preference for debt deeply rooted in financial markets, wholesale reform is riskyTHE NICETIES of corporate finance rarely attract the attention of activists. It is rarer still that those at either end of the political spectrum agree on the need for change....

Just how gummed up are supply chains?

Finance & economicsChain reactionsJust how gummed up are supply chains?A number of measures suggest that disruptions are historically high—and uncertainty lies aheadTHE GENERAL public learned far more about supply chains last year than it probably cared to. A host of disruptions to production and shipping interacted with soaring demand for goods...

As China’s economy slows, policymakers are trying to revive it

Finance & economicsA stone’s throwCan China revive growth without reviving speculation?GDP growth slowed in the fourth quarter, as lockdowns and regulatory crackdowns took a tollCHINA HAS not enjoyed much success at the sport of curling, which will feature in the Beijing winter Olympics beginning on February 4th. But China’s economic policymakers...

Can China revive growth without reviving speculation?

Finance & economicsA stone’s throwCan China revive growth without reviving speculation?GDP growth slowed in the fourth quarter, as lockdowns and regulatory crackdowns took a tollCHINA HAS not enjoyed much success at the sport of curling, which will feature in the Beijing winter Olympics beginning on February 4th. But China’s economic policymakers...

The race to dominate the DeFi ecosystem is on

Finance & economicsBattle of the blockchainsThe race to power the DeFi ecosystem is onWhy Ethereum is losing market shareTO BELIEVERS, OPEN, public blockchains provide a second chance at building a digital economy. The fact that the applications built on top of such blockchains all work with each other, and that the information they store is visible...

The race to power the DeFi ecosystem is on

Finance & economicsBattle of the blockchainsThe race to power the DeFi ecosystem is onWhy Ethereum is losing market shareTO BELIEVERS, OPEN, public blockchains provide a second chance at building a digital economy. The fact that the applications built on top of such blockchains all work with each other, and that the information they store is visible...

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