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‘The genie’s out of the bottle’: Inflation is here. What now?
Opinion
Inflation

‘The genie’s out of the bottle’: Inflation is here. What now?

The longer that the surges in prices continue in the US, the greater the chances that consumers’ psychology about inflation could shift in ways that become self-perpetuating: Prices would rise because everyone expects them to.

  • by Neil Irwin

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Fleeting or structural: What’s behind the surge in US inflation?

Fleeting or structural: What’s behind the surge in US inflation?

Investors are worried because the Wall Street boom has been built on the assumption central banks will keep rates at record lows. Even relatively modest increases in rates in the US or Europe to combat inflation could cause bond and equity prices to crash.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Wall Street is pondering ugly outcomes for sky-high tech shares

Wall Street is pondering ugly outcomes for sky-high tech shares

Heightened inflation fears are threatening to do something to computer and software makers that hasn’t happened in two decades: make them the worst stocks in the market.

  • by Lu Wang and Vildana Hajric
Commodity boom adds to confusion about the outlook for inflation
Opinion
Inflation

Commodity boom adds to confusion about the outlook for inflation

Does the new boom in commodity prices point to a longer and stronger post-pandemic surge in global growth and inflation than markets and central banks have assumed?

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
It’s complicated: Central banks are making passive investing trickier
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Investing

It’s complicated: Central banks are making passive investing trickier

Over the last 10 years, investors have been rewarded for keeping it simple, tracking sharemarket indices rather than analysing the prospects of individual companies. Not any more.

  • by Anneka Treon
Risky business: The Fed, and Elon Musk, sound the alarm bells on financial markets

Risky business: The Fed, and Elon Musk, sound the alarm bells on financial markets

The fact that Elon Musk could send the value of a cryptocurrency plummeting after a joke on Saturday Night Live tells you a lot about the state of financial markets.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
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Bank boom: Big four profits snap back from COVID-19 threat

Bank boom: Big four profits snap back from COVID-19 threat

This time last year, NAB chief executive Ross McEwan was bracing for what many thought would be the worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression.

  • by Clancy Yeates
‘Worse than Brexit’: Scottish vote weighs on assets from pound to banks

‘Worse than Brexit’: Scottish vote weighs on assets from pound to banks

A week that could set in motion the eventual collapse of the 314-year union between England and Scotland is concentrating financial trading desks on market disasters ahead.

  • by Greg Ritchie and William Shaw
The decade of shrinking global stock markets is finally over

The decade of shrinking global stock markets is finally over

With returns diminishing across the fixed-income world, equities are increasingly seen as the only game in town.

  • by Justina Lee and Lu Wang
Thugs-for-hire take shareholder meetings to extremes in Hong Kong

Thugs-for-hire take shareholder meetings to extremes in Hong Kong

When shareholders get angry at management, they typically vote down executive pay packages or stage protests at companies’ annual general meetings. In Hong Kong, they call in the thugs.

  • by Benjamin Robertson, Kiuyan Wong and Sheridan Prasso
Why economists think it’s mad to buy individual shares
Opinion
Opinion

Why economists think it’s mad to buy individual shares

By the time you’ve read a company annual report or a stockbroker has read something and sent out their newsletter, it’s already built into the stock price.

  • by Jessica Irvine