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Catalonia readies for landmark election
18 Dec 2017
On December 21 the people of Catalonia go to the polls to elect a new regional government. There is a lot riding on the outcome, not just for Spain’s political system, but for the country’s economy and financial markets too.
Trump year two: ten issues to watch
28 Nov 2017
From late night tweets to tough talk on trade, Donald Trump’s first year in office has been far from dull. We explore some key developments investors should look out for over the next 12 months.
Electoral reforms might halt Five Star, but Italy’s challenges remain
31 Oct 2017
Italians will head to the polls in the spring to elect their next government. Despite recent electoral reforms, Charlie Diebel explains why Italian uncertainty is unlikely to disappear.
Inequality: for richer, for poorer
19 Oct 2017
Income inequality is rising across developed countries. What are the implications for economic growth?
Trump, trade and technology
18 Oct 2017
In a wide-ranging interview, influential economist Pippa Malmgren considers the Trump presidency, Brexit and the future of capitalism.
The chairman: how Xi Jinping is shaping China’s future
28 Sep 2017
The National Party Congress will leave the Chinese President more powerful than ever before. What does this mean for China – and the world?
Macron victory spurs renewed hope of European integration
10 Jul 2017
Emmanuel Macron’s election as French president has raised hopes that the European project is set to be given renewed impetus. This could mark a sea change for financial markets, writes Ahmed Behdenna.
Spheres of influence: the return of history?
13 Mar 2017
As the US, Russia and China reposition themselves on the world stage, Cold War-style spheres of influence are coming to define the new global order.
Power up: has the time come for renewables?
24 Jan 2017
Europe has led the drive to generate electricity from renewable sources, a trend that is gathering pace around the world and will create a wide array of opportunities for investors.
24 Nov 2016
New technologies are set to revolutionise the autos industry and the transport sector, and in the process become one of the key investment themes over the coming years.
Sovereign wealth funds: evolution of the giants
As sovereign wealth funds shift their vast portfolios into new asset classes, such as real estate, infrastructure and private debt, perceptions of these investment behemoths are beginning to change.
Shares boosted by Korea talks
While interest rates appear to be on a gradual upward trajectory in much of the world, UK financial markets were forced to scale back expectations of tighter monetary policy as softer domestic economic data appeared to give the Bank of England pause for thought.