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Markets: interest rate cut boosts FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 saw a sharp rise yesterday after the Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% and extended its quantitative easing programme. The index closed up 1.6% at 6,740.

Unilever should snub the “crazy cost-cutters”

Unilever could soon dispose of some of its best-known brands in a bid to appease shareholders. But should it listen to them?

Europe will bounce back

Investors who fled Europe last year may wish they had stuck around, says Andrew Van Sickle.

Stocks can indeed go down as well as up

Some investors seem to have forgotten that stock markets can fall, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’ve just had a reminder.

Billions from boffins: how to profit from university spin-out companies

British universities are teaming up with venture capitalists to create world-beating firms. Back the winners before they leave the lab to make big gains, says Matthew Partridge.

It’s quiet out there. Too damn quiet

Driven by record amounts of money pouring in to exchange-traded funds, markets are starting to feel a little overheated, says John Stepek. Are we nearing the top?

Stick with Japan – it's cheap but it won't stay cheap

Japanese stocks are cheap – much cheaper than other developed markets. That won’t last, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So buy in now.

Clouds over South Korea begin to lift

The impeachment of Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female leader, could prove a major opportunity for Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

Skew index warns of trouble ahead

The Skew index captures the level of unease in markets. It is now approaching its highest reading since its inception.

The decline of the investment analyst

Brokers used to employ an army of analysts to read the company reports for you. A row over who will pay for them may put an end to that.

PSA takes over Vauxhall

France’s PSA, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, has taken over GM’s loss-making Vauxhall-Opel business in a €2.2bn deal. But will it keep its promises?

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