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The property firm that could break China’s back

Finance and economics | Sleepless in ShenzhenIf Venke collapses, so might confidence in the state’s management of the economyTrouble brewingPhotograph: Getty Images May 16th 2024|ShenzhenLand in Shenzhen, China’s southern technology hub, is scarce. Plots in years past have grabbed sky-high prices. But when Vanke, one of the country’s largest property...

Thu May 16, 2024 15:14
Narendra Modi’s flagship growth scheme is off to a sluggish start

Finance and economics | India’s economyWithout improvements, it risks wasting trillions of rupeesPhotograph: Getty Images May 16th 2024|DelhiIn the early 1990s India abandoned the principles of swadeshi, or self-sufficiency, that had guided its policies since independence. Subsidies were scrapped; import levies tumbled. By 2014 the average tariff had...

Thu May 16, 2024 15:14
Diego Maradona offers central bankers enduring lessons

Finance and economics | Free exchangeRecent years ought to have reduced the importance of a skilful feint. They have notIllustration: Álvaro Bernis May 16th 2024Speaking in 2005, Mervyn King, then governor of the Bank of England, outlined his “Maradona theory of interest rates”. The great Argentine footballer’s performance at a World Cup match against...

Thu May 16, 2024 15:14
Joe Biden, master oil trader

Finance and economics | ButtonwoodThe president has turned volatility into profitIllustration: Satoshi Kambayashi May 16th 2024He has a high-stakes job. War and natural disasters keep him on his toes. He is often on a plane to far-flung places, travelling to negotiate with local leaders. He has the best intelligence money can buy. And as November’s...

Thu May 16, 2024 15:14
How Jim Simons revolutionised investing

Finance and economics | Farewell to the GOATThe “quant king” pioneered an approach that has become a pillar of financePhotograph: Beatrice de Gea/The New York Times/Redux/Eyevine May 16th 2024Great investors are often known by a signature style. Warren Buffett made it big by investing in companies he thought cheap and holding on for many years. George...

Thu May 16, 2024 14:03
Biden outdoes Trump with ultra-high China tariffs

Finance and economics | The 100% manoeuvreThe move, which hits electric vehicles, carries an environmental costPhotograph: Getty Images May 14th 2024|Washington, DCJust over six years ago, when Donald Trump first announced tariffs on Chinese goods, it was as if a bomb had gone off. American stocks fell sharply at the prospect of a trade war, businesses...

Tue May 14, 2024 20:36

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