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ECONOMY • Today
Belt and Road: China showcases initiative to world leaders
April 25, 2019
The leaders' summit comes as China faces growing criticism over its massive infrastructure programme.
Economic News
Japan Rate Decision On Tap For Thursday
April 24, 2019
The Bank of Japan will wrap up its monetary policy meeting and then announce its decision on interest rates, highlighting an otherwise light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.
Belgium Business Confidence At 19-month Low
April 24, 2019
Belgium's business confidence weakened in April to its lowest level in 19 months, the National Bank of Belgium said Wednesday.
German Business Confidence Sinks To 3-year Low
April 24, 2019
Germany's business confidence unexpectedly weakened in April to its lowest level in three years, suggesting that the biggest euro area economy is not yet out of the woods. The business climate indicator dropped to 99.2 from an upwardly revised 99.7 in March, survey data from the ifo Institute showed on Wednesday. Economists had expected the index to climb to 99.9 from March's original 99.6.
Turkey Capacity Utilization At 6-Month High
April 24, 2019
Turkey's manufacturing capacity utilization rate increased to a six-month high in April, figures from the Turkish central bank showed on Wednesday.
Portugal Producer Price Inflation Rises In March
April 24, 2019
Portugal's producer price inflation rose in March to a three-month high, figures from Statistics Portugal showed on Wednesday.
Finland March Jobless Rate Falls
April 24, 2019
Finland's unemployment rate fell in March from last year, data from Statistics Finland showed on Wednesday.
Tokyo Overall Inflation Climbs To 1.4% In April
April 25, 2019
Overall consumer prices in the Tokyo area were up 1.4 percent on year in April, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday.
Economic Highlights
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ECONOMY • Analysis
Ford Earnings Are a Barometer of Turnaround-Plan Success
April 24, 2019
As Ford looks to recover from losses in its foreign businesses and adjust to a growing U.S. consumer preference for SUVs and trucks, WSJ’s Lee Hawkins take a look at CEO Jim Hackett’s turnaround plan and the auto maker’s key areas of focus in 2019.

Economic Analysis

Further Thinking on the Costs and Benefits of Deficits
April 22, 2019
In recent months the debate over the future of fiscal policy has intensified. For example, Olivier Blanchard, in his presidential address to the American Economic Association this year, highlighted the implications of the empirical fact of sustained low real interest rates for fiscal policy, and...
Economic Research
Where is China headed? Five key insights from the 2019 OECD Economic Survey of China
April 16, 2019
by Margit Molnar and Patrick Lenain, Country Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department A short-term slowdown? Although China’s economic growth has slowed, it is still very robust by international standards and contributes to worldwide economic expansion. Consumption is supported by steady employment growth and rising incomes. Households are spending increasingly on items such as e-commerce and … More Where is China headed? Five key insights from the 2019 OECD Economic Survey of China
Economic Review
Economic Views
China's Green Investments Won't Undo Its Environmental Damage to Latin America
April 24, 2019
Natalia Cote-Muñoz is a research associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreig
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ECONOMY • Outlook
Easter Sunday bombings were 'a bolt out of the blue,' says Sri Lankan central bank governor
April 26, 2019
Indrajit Coomaraswamy, governor of Sri Lanka's central bank, said "it's far too early" to quantify any economic impact from the attacks.
China is making more air conditioners, and that's a good sign for the economy: Citi
April 26, 2019
Production of air-conditioners and other home appliances is ramping up in China. Citi says that is a good sign for the world's second-largest economy.
Steve Bannon and Kyle Bass accuse Wall Street of 'funding' China's fight with the US
April 26, 2019
"Corporate America today is the lobbying arm of the Chinese Communist Party and Wall Street is the investor relations department," said Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist.
Economic Prospects
Economic Perspectives
Life after the multilateral trading system
April 25, 2019
Considering a world absent a multilateral trading system is not to promote such an outcome, but to encourage all to prepare for the worst and instil greater clarity in the mind of policymakers as to what happens if compromise fails.
Economic Climate
Germany: ifo Export Expectations continue to Decline
April 25, 2019
The business confidence of German exporters is becoming gloomier. The ifo Export Expectations in manufacturing fell to 1.1 balance points in April, down from 1.5 balance points in March. At the moment, the difficult global economic environment is not giving any impetus to German exports.
Economic Outlook
Every Day is Earth Day
April 24, 2019
By IMFBlog IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde had a one-on-one conversation with Sir David Attenborough, the preeminent global broadcaster, during the April IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings on the environment and life on earth. The conversation explored more specifically the interplay and spillovers between the natural world and the economic and financial world. Attenborough recommended treating [...]
World Economic Outlook Report
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ECONOMY • Opinions
Polarised Spain needs to find a co-operative spirit
April 25, 2019
The socialist leader Pedro Sánchez deserves credit for his moderation
Economic Comment
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ECONOMY • Insights
Why investors are careful buyers but careless sellers
April 27, 2019
Only the very best think as hard about exiting positions as entering them
Political economy suggests that geoengineering is likely to be used
April 27, 2019
It is certain to be contentious
The official impact assessment of NAFTA’s replacement is out
April 27, 2019
The devil is in its details
Mauricio Macri emulates his rival, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
April 27, 2019
A populist is a liberal mugged by inflation
Should judges assume that markets are efficient?
April 27, 2019
Sometimes they are asked to rule on share prices after takeovers
Why you should never start a trade war with an autocracy
April 27, 2019
Unlike the EU, China seems willing to pay any price to punish Donald Trump’s voters
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ECONOMY • Forecast
Nagai of Nomura Confirms Japan Destroyed the Bond Market
April 24, 2019
In Japan, Nomura’s chief Koji Nagai took over as Nomura’s chief executive back in 2012 and followed that appointment with a $1bn cost-reduction plan that was criticized both externally and internally for failing to target the inefficient divisions of Nomura’s domestic operations in Japan. The latest program will see the company close more than 30 […]
Economic Projections
Global Economic Projections for 2018-2028 | The Conference Board
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