Economy: news on page 4

US housing starts rebound; building permits at highest level in over 12 years

U.S. homebuilding rebounded in October and permits for future home construction jumped to a more than 12-year high.

The fight to halt the theft of ideas is hopeless

China will not accept inferiority — and the west should not want it to

Brussels’ Brexit inflexibility damages its interests

The EU has seen legal constraints where there are in fact only political choices

Turn the euro into a stablecoin to save it

A bond-backed currency would overcome problems created by incomplete monetary union

Powell tells Trump Fed policy will remain ‘non-political’

President holds ‘cordial’ talks with central bank chair after months of attacks

Former India PM blames Modi for economic slowdown

Manmohan Singh says ‘climate of fear’ has stifled growth
Brexit will make all the election spending promises hard to keep

Brexit will make all the election spending promises hard to keep

In contrast with the mood of largesse, economists say Johnson’s deal will lower state revenues by £26bn a yearIf the president of the United States, a non-European, feels entitled to air his views
Strong on the economy? The Tories are weak – and the media should say so | Simon Wren-Lewis

Strong on the economy? The Tories are weak – and the media should say so | Simon Wren-Lewis

Data shows the economy has been weaker since 2010 than under Labour between 1997 and 2007How did the Conservatives get away with inventing and publicising a ridiculous figure for Labour spending?

Latin America faces a second ‘lost decade’

From Chile to Bolivia, revolts against leaders from left and right have root causes in stagnant growth and weak investment
The Guardian view on the NHS and the election: money talks | Editorial

The Guardian view on the NHS and the election: money talks | Editorial

The health service is in crisis and Tory cuts are to blame. But bigger budgets are not the only answerThe health service is a big issue in any UK election. There are two main reasons why, this time

US and China struggle to finalise ‘phase one’ trade deal

Trump administration officials concede original target date may slip but deny reports of setback
Germany downplays stimulus hopes as economy escapes recession - business live

Germany downplays stimulus hopes as economy escapes recession - business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including German growth figuresLatest: German finance minister says there’s no crisisBreaking: Germany grew by 0.1% in the last

Drastic changes needed over climate crisis, says IEA

Emissions will continue to rise even if governments meet existing environmental targets

Billionaires have never had it so good

Fortunes are created by technology and globalisation, as well as talent and enterprise

How the US should deal with China

Washington is in danger of throwing away the leverage its allies could have given it