Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is seen on a monitor broadcasting coverage of the opening session of the NPC in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong fell to a three-week low as the national legislature began its annual meeting and concern mounted that the country may be facing its first onshore corporate bond default.  photograph: brent lewin/bloomberg

The Chinese government set an economic growth target for the year of 7.5 per cent at the country’s annual parliament last week, and since then (...)

A customer holds a 100 hryvnia currency banknote to pay for goods at a market stall in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: : Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s hryvnia tumbled 4 per cent on Wednesday to 10 per dollar as political uncertainty mounted, with ripples spreading to Russia where the(...)

 Pipes for a new natural gas pipeline are unloaded on the former airfield in Ellund, Germany. Photograph: Carsten Rehder/EPA

German analyst and investor sentiment unexpectedly cooled in January on slightly lower expectations for private consumption, but it remained near the (...)

The hint that the US Federal Reserve might be about to taper off its bond purchases was enough to cause tremors in financial markets.

Too much state-created money is by definition a bad thing. And so is too little. But how do we know how much is too much and how much too little? The (...)

The Bank of England will probably leave stimulus unchanged today as the economic recovery gathers momentum. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Bank of England kept its monetary policy unchanged today as expected, sticking to its commitment to keep interest rates steady while unemployment (...)

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said that one part of his tapering scenario included “inflation moving back toward our 2 per cent objective over time”. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

The cost of living in the US increased less than expected in August, but still pointed to a stabilisation in underlying inflation that could pave the (...)

A financial chart showing a rising market

German business confidence rose to the highest level in 16 months in August, beating forecasts and indicating the recovery in Europe’s largest economy(...)

So just what is happening with the Chinese economy? Are the bulls or the bears right?The bears have been much in evidence in the past few months, as e(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.  Expectations of an early move by the US Federal Reserve to slow its support for the US economy firmed yesterday. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Expectations of an early move by the US Federal Reserve to slow its support for the US economy firmed yesterday after the release of data showing a st(...)

A general view of the financial district of Pudong with the Shanghai Tower, which is undergoing construction scheduled to finish by the end of 2014 . The 632m (2,073 ft) Shanghai Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in China and the second tallest in the world. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese trade data in July surprised on the upside yesterday, registering surprisingly firm rebounds in both exports and imports, and sparking hope th(...)

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