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Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey, like other central bank heads, has been trying to see a way through a recent inflation crisis. PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Inflation has affected the UK, US and Europe differently – here’s what this means for interest rates

The UK, eurozone and US inflation stories have diverged, which means each economy is now fighting a distinct battle with prices rises, which could require very different weapons.
A wildfire during hot, dry conditions in August 2023 destroyed Lahaina, Hawaii, and devastated Maui’s tourism industry – the heart of its economy. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Why the Fed should treat climate change’s $150B economic toll like other national crises it’s helped fight

Fed Chair Jerome Powell bristles at talk of managing climate change, but the damage it is doing the US economy is hard to ignore, as the latest National Climate Assessment shows.
Jerome Powell, chair of the US Federal Reserve, announced a pause in US rate hikes in September 2023. Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE

Why central banks should stop raising interest rates

Central banks balance different factors when raising rates – or not – including inflation and the labour market. But what other countries are doing also has an effect.
Tense times: Fed chairman Jay Powell. EPA

Is the US banking crisis over?

A swift intervention by the US Federal Reserve has kept most banks on their feet, but September/October is often the time when financial crises come to a head.

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