Finance & economics

Green light

How carbon prices are taking over the world

A quarter of global emissions are now covered, and the share is rising fast


Investors’ enthusiasm for Japanese stocks has gone overboard

Speculators have flocked to the country’s markets this year. They may soon regret it

Better off without you

Sri Lanka shows how broken debt negotiations have become

The country’s creditors decide they have no choice but to freeze out China

Republican doves

America’s Federal Reserve could soon be flying blind

A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences

Conflict economics

The costs of Russia’s war are about to hit home

Vladimir Putin will be unable to protect citizens from the pain

Free exchange

Why the state should not promote marriage

Even though children from two-parent households do better in life

Cruel world

Why fear is spreading in financial markets

Investors have begun to confront the long-haul reality of high interest rates

Laboratory visit

The city that encapsulates China’s economic stagnation

Zhengzhou’s experience suggests that local problems will be hard to fix

All at once

Does China’s fear of floating exceed its fear of deflation?

The central bank is constrained by its own limits on the yuan

Free exchange

Renewable energy has hidden costs

Why it is often more expensive than policymakers expect to go green

Rod stewards

Why uranium prices are soaring

Conflicts and resurgent demand combine to radioactive effect


How to avoid a common investment mistake

Think less about what to buy, and more about how much