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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.

Trump’s mood swings will depress stocks

There is little to cushion the impact of Trump’s mood swings on the market, says Andrew Van Sickle. Investors are in for a bumpy few months.

Sclerotic Europe loosens up

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index last hit an all-time peak two years ago. But in the past few weeks it has bounced back to a 12-month high.

Chart of the week: the FTSE 100’s impressive run-up

Britain’s blue-chip index has been on a tear, notching up new record highs for 14 days in a row. It is the first time this has happened since the FTSE 100’s inception in 1984.

Company managers need to hand back control to shareholders

The systems that enable top executives to take home multimillion-pound paypackets need changing, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Shareholders need to take back control of their companies.

Why the FTSE 100’s record-breaking run has legs

The FTSE 100 is on its longest-ever winning streak, boosted partly by a weaker pound. John Stepek looks at what’s behind its record-breaking run, and asks: can it continue?

Three hot emerging-market stocks

Emerging markets are seen as risky, but they have undergone significant changes in recent times, says professional investor Carlos Hardenberg. here, he picks three stocks to buy now.

British mergers will bounce back

Mergers and acquisitions involving British firms fell to a three-year low last year. But though the value of deals fell, the number of transactions was only slightly down on 2015.

Chart of the week: America’s shrinking stockmarket

The number of firms listed on the US stockmarket has slumped by around a third since 1997. There are now around 5,700, barely more than in 1982, when the economy was less than half its current size.

Why bitcoin still has a lot further to go

After a spectacular 2016, digital currency bitcoin has had a rocky start to the year. But this is just the beginning. Dominic Frisby looks at where it goes from here.

Will this bull market end with a whimper – or a catastrophic bang?

US stocks are expensive, but they’re not in bubble territory yet. Unfortunately, one far more important asset class is, says John Stepek. And when it collapses, it could pull everything down with it.

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