Global economy

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Is 'hysterical' market speculation pushing us towards another crash?
Despite Covid, global stocks started 2021 on a high. But some analysts warn of an ‘epic’ bubble, amid fears that the flow of stimulus has created a monster

Jasper Jolly

09, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Why global markets appear impervious to bad news
Vaccine optimism, central bank action and Bidenomics keep prices above pre-Covid peak

Larry Elliott Economics editor

08, Jan, 2021 @2:13 PM

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Brexit and Covid blamed as Asia-UK shipping rates increase fourfold
Port congestion and skeleton staffing cause shortage of freight containers while consumer demand rebounds

Jillian Ambrose

08, Jan, 2021 @1:16 PM

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FTSE 100 surges as City guru warns of stock market bubble risk
Index climbs close to pre-Covid level despite concerns over ‘hysterical’ investor behaviour

Larry Elliott Economics editor

06, Jan, 2021 @6:23 PM

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World Bank calls for rapid action to prevent Covid debt crisis
Institution says pandemic has led to sharpest rise in government debt in more than 30 years

Larry Elliott Economics editor

05, Jan, 2021 @4:01 PM

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The world in 2021 – how global politics will change this year
Donald Trump’s departure will alter the face of geopolitics. The climate crisis and Covid response will affect all nations – while others face very particular challenges. Observer correspondents examine the 12 months ahead

Emma Graham-Harrison, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, David Smith, Helen Davidson, Jon Henley, Jason Burke, Andrew Roth, Oliver Holmes, Tom Phillips and Graham Readfearn

03, Jan, 2021 @11:00 AM

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A different world: could 2021 be the best year for a generation?
With the worst potentially behind us, we can be optimistic that somewhere better lies ahead

Mark Rice-Oxley

01, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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London shares close at highest level since Covid outbreak
Late Brexit deal spurs FTSE 100 upwards as traders shrug off surge in coronavirus cases

Larry Elliott Economics editor

29, Dec, 2020 @6:14 PM

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China and EU poised to sign long-delayed investment deal
Deal set to anger incoming Biden administration in US, which demanded to be consulted before deal went ahead

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor

29, Dec, 2020 @3:56 PM

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China to overtake US as world's biggest economy by 2028, report predicts
Centre for Economics and Business Research says it expects this to happen half a decade sooner than it forecast a year ago

Larry Elliott Economics editor

26, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Markets at record highs amid rising optimism of a pandemic recovery
Investors bet Covid vaccines and stimulus measures will propel economy forward in 2021

Richard Partington and Graeme Wearden

17, Dec, 2020 @7:31 PM

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UK and US close to deal on cutting tariffs, says White House trade chief
Talks on reducing charges on items such as Scotch whisky follow UK move to drop levy on Boeing

Joanna Partridge

17, Dec, 2020 @8:51 AM

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