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The Economist: Free Exchange

A signal to do more

AS EXPECTED, the European Central Bank did not ease policy when its governing council met today. However, the ECB underlined its determination to take further measures, if necessary, to get inflati...

The IMF urges the Fed to delay a rate rise

JUST a week after turbulence hit financial markets in China, hitting investor confidence around the world, today the International Monetary Fund released a downbeat note about global economic growt...

The euro area's uninspiring recovery

EARLIER this year, a genuine revival in the euro area appeared to be under way. European equity markets were buoyant and consumers had become more confident. The recovery, which had been faltering ...

China is scaring away foreign investors with its efforts to defend shares

THE ups and downs of China’s stockmarket have become plainly, painfully visible to the world. Less transparent, but perhaps more damaging in years to come, has been another kind of rollercoaster....

Chinese ripples

ANOTHER week of market volatility sees the Fed possibly going ahead with a rate rise, Chinese manufacturing drop and oil prices see-saw

When a 26% plunge in GDP feels fine

WITH unemployment at 25%, government debt at more than 170% of GDP, and the country’s politics in turmoil, the 26% peak-to-trough decline in output brought about by the euro-zone crisis has been ...

Was the crash that big?

HOW big was China’s stockmarket crash? Dubbed “Black Monday”, August 24th ended with Chinese equities down 8.5%, wiping out hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalisation. Like many...

The Bank of England will follow the Federal Reserve

THE UPWARD revision to American GDP on August 27th provided a shot in the arm to global stockmarkets, which have endured their most volatile week of trading in years. The American economy is now th...

How natural resources breed violence

AFRICA is home to a tenth of the planet’s oil, a third of its mineral reserves and produces two-thirds of its diamonds. High prices may pep up the continent’s short-term economic growth, but sc...

How exposed are American households to the stock market?

Should the Federal Reserve worry about tanking stock markets? One reason for calm is that they do not much affect household finances. Just over half of Americans say they are invested in the stock ...