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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.

South Africa’s pivotal election

Last week’s local elections in South Africa reduced the ruling ANC’s grip on the country.

India’s big leap forward

India has passed reforms paving the way for a single national rate of valued-added tax, which should give the economy a significant boost.

Chart of the week: Olympic curse hits Brazil

Like Mexico City in 1968, Seoul in 1988 and Beijing in 2008, Rio De Janeiro secured the Olympics after a long period of growth – which then stalled or slowed.

Meet the machine that can see the future

An Oxford professor is developing artificial intelligence that may soon be able to predict the market with remarkable accuracy. Mischa Frankl-Duval finds out more.

Rio 2016: why we should fear the money gods

You can’t blame the big sponsors from wanting to cash in on the Rio 2016 Olympics. But are they getting a little too big for their boots, asks Chris Carter.

Two stock-picking strategies compared

Sarah Moore looks at why the fortunes of two of Britain’s leading emerging-market equity funds have diverged in recent years.

Dirty Harry makes the Philippines’ day

The Philippines’ new leader, Rodrigo Duterte, rattled investors before his election in May by sounding like Dirty Harry. So far, however, his bark has proved worse than his bite.

A bull market collared by poor earnings

Corporate profits underpin the stockmarket. So it is a pity that profits look terrible, especially in Europe.

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.

The assets to buy now – August 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes.

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