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Stocks: the MoneyWeek view

December 2014: US still expensive We'd steer clear of the US – it is expensive. In developed markets we prefer Europe, which may benefit from money printing by the ECB, and Japan, which is enjoying one of the world's biggest-ever QE programmes. There are a few emerging markets we like, but you have to be picky.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Markets: FTSE 100’s best week in three years

In Friday’s markets, the FTSE 100 ended the week on a high note, adding a further 1.2% to notch up its best week in three years.

FTSE 100 advances after sparkling show by US stocks

The FTSE 100 bounced higher in early action, taking its cue from a sparkling performance in New York with the Dow putting on its best one-day show in three years.

American small-cap stocks will bounce back

Smaller companies in America will play catch up with their bigger peers.

Markets: FTSE 100 puts in a strong performance

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 saw a big jump as investors reacted to encouraging economic data and the US Federal Reserve‘s comments on being ‘patient’ about raising interest rates.

Rout in the Russian rouble

The Central Bank of Russia has been forced to intervene to prop up the collapsing currency.

Most banks pass first stress test

Britain’s eight biggest banks have undergone the first of the annual stress tests, with two failing to make the grade.

US pre-open: New York to kick-off stronger on oil rally and Fed’s rate ‘patience’

US stocks look set to notch up hefty opening rises, says Kam Patel, as they build on gains made in the previous session.

FTSE 100 gains on US Fed’s new patient stance on rate hike

Investors have responded positively this morning to the US Federal Reserve’s promise to take a cautious approach to raising interest rates.

Markets: FTSE 100 edges up on positive economic data

The FTSE 100 nudged up in yesterday’s markets, after some positive economic data from the eurozone and the UK. The index closed up 0.1% at 6,336.

This could be the start of subprime 2.0

Markets are tanking despite the collapsing price of oil. Bengt Saelensminde reveals what’s got shrewd investors running scared.

Here’s how my 12 predictions for 2014 turned out

With 2014 drawing to a close, Dominic Frisby looks back over the last 12 months to see how the predictions he made at the start of the year panned out.

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