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Price gouging: a cautionary tale

New York City’s new rules show the difficulties of regulating pricesUNSCRUPULOUS TRADERS use a crisis to charge exorbitant prices. Politicians, wanting to protect consumers,...

Is there an M&A boom coming?

IMAGINE YOU are the boss of a public company. Normally you are busy making decisions, visiting outposts, talking to customers, suppliers and employees. The...

Christine Lagarde is taking the ECB out of its comfort zone

That is causing some controversy among the expertsCHRISTINE LAGARDE has been an outsider before. Speaking to The Economist, she relishes the memory of shaking...

Janet Yellen will lead Joe Biden’s Treasury. What does she stand for?

Progressives and conservatives both see something to like in the former Fed chairIN THE FIRST instalment of the “Harry Potter” series, the protagonist stumbles...

Why 2020 has been rotten for quant funds

Quants rely on history. This year has had few precedentsWHAT IS IT like to lose to a machine? In 1997 the world’s best chess...

Who gains from RCEP, Asia’s new trade pact?

Critics claim it will be dominated by China; but that is only part of the storyIT TOOK EIGHT years of gruelling negotiations to agree...

Green investors are embracing litigation

KATHLEEN O’DONNELL is a 23-year-old Australian law student whose holdings of her government’s bonds mature in 2050, by which date carbon emissions may well...

Why money is changing hands much less frequently

Economic uncertainty and government handouts explain why the velocity of money has plummetedINFORMING A CUSTOMER “I’m sorry, I can’t give you your money” is...

China’s bond market is jolted by some surprising defaults

The defaults throw out the old rules of thumb on state bailoutsCHINA’S CREDIT-RATING agencies do not disguise their love for the state. Yongcheng Coal...

A tax-evasion scandal draws in Hamburg’s elites

Four bankers with M.M. Warburg are accused of grave tax evasion through “cum-ex” transactionsAT THE VERY last minute, the lawyers of Christian S tried...

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