Argentina shuns magic

With the election of Mauricio Macri, things are looking up for Argentina, with voters opting for realism over the "magical thinking” of the Kirchners.

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Markets: commodity stocks lift FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 added to Wednesday’s gains yesterday, climbing a further 0.9% to close at 6,393.

Chart of the week: gold loses its lustre

The amount of cash invested in America’s biggest gold-backed exchange-traded find, the SPDR Gold ETF, is a stark illustration of investors’ growing disenchantment with gold.

Pfizer-Allergan megadeal combines Botox and Viagra

US drug giant Pfizer is to buy Ireland-based Allergan for $168bn, setting a new record for a merger in the pharmaceuticals industry.

The two biggest winners from the Autumn Statement

From an investment point of view, there were two big winners from the Autumn Statement, says Alex Williams.

Political risk and investing lesson number one: don’t be an easy target

The chancellor has made it clear that he has buy-to-let investors firmly in his sights. John Stepek explains what it means for the economy, and for the property market.

Markets: FTSE 100 bounces back

The FTSE 100 bounced back yesterday, adding 1% to close at 6,337.

Argentina’s new dawn

Mauricio Macri, the winner of Argentina’s general election, has inherited a political and economic mess. But his arrival should help the country – and investors – thrive, says James McKeigue.

The dark side of cash

The shady world of terrorist financing could open a whole new front in the government’s war on cash, says Natalie Stanton.

Where to next for the pound?

The pound is struggling against the dollar, but is at its highest against the euro since the financial crisis. So what does the future hold for sterling? Dominic Frisby investigates.

Markets: FTSE 100 falls further

The FTSE 100 continued to fall yesterday, losing a further 0.4% to close at 6,277.

An emerging-market bond crisis

A financial crisis always begins in some peripheral market, says Dan Denning. The next one could come from emerging-market bonds.

Why financial markets blow up at exactly the wrong moment

Markets have been remarkably stable since the financial crisis. But stability breeds risk, says John Stepek. Now they’re wobbling – and it won’t take much to send them tumbling.

Markets: FTSE 100 slips back

The FTSE 100 started the week on the back foot yesterday slipping 0.5% to close at 6,305.

Forget the recession, Japan is still a buy

Japan may be in recession, but Japanese stocks still represent very good value for money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Markets: FTSE 100 ends a positive week on a high

The FTSE 100 ended the week on a high, adding a further 0.1% to close the week 3.5% up at 6,334.

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