Big oil’s bargain hunt

Shell’s £47bn bid for BG suggests the oil sector is set for another round of major deals. But investors should avoid getting carried away, says John Stepek.

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Could liquidity dry up in US Treasuries?

Declining liquidity in US Treasuries – the global ‘safe-haven’ asset – could have unpredictable consequences.

Nikkei breaks 20,000 – can it go higher?

Japan’s benchmark index, the Nikkei 225, has hit a peak last seen in April 2000.

Switzerland gets paid to borrow

Switzerland has become the first country to sell ten-year government bonds with a negative interest rate.

Russia braced for fresh fiscal squeeze

Russia’s annual budget shows that Moscow is finally facing up to the country’s mounting fiscal problems.

Election controversy of the week: Cameron’s Right to Buy

The Conservatives have announced that they would extend the Right to Buy council houses at up to a 50% discount to tenants of housing associations.

Markets: FTSE 100 pulls back from record high

The FTSE 100 slipped back once more yesterday, falling 0.5% to close at 7,060.

What the election means for small-cap investors

General elections can have a big impact on investments, says David Thornton. And that’s especially true for Aim-listed stocks.

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