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Matthew Partridge picks the stocks to watch

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.

Telit: a classic Aim scandal

Aim-listed firm Telit Communications lost more than half its market value in a matter of days after its CEO, Oozi Cats, was linked to an old fraud case.

Worldpay goes global

Vantiv’s takeover of Worldpay, the UK payments processor, makes strategic sense. But will shareholders benefit? Alice Gråhns reports.

India cleans up its act

India’s anti-corruption drive and structural reforms are bearing fruit in the economy and the markets.

Jim Chanos: bearish on America

Everything might look well in the world’s biggest economy. But shortseller Jim Chanos spies trouble ahead in the data.

Europe’s stockmarket rally looks set to endure

An encouraging economic backdrop suggests Europe’s stockmarket rally will continue.

Chart of the week: ignore the chatter about the Dow Jones index

There was a lot of hoo-ha about the Dow Jones index’s jump above the 22,000 mark. But being weighted by share price rather than market capitalisation means it is not particularly useful index to follow.

Why people are so bad at investing

Value investor Jeremy Grantham has come up with a model that explains market booms and busts over nearly 100 years: people are just really bad at investing.

The cloud over retail has a silver lining

A sense of gloom hangs over the retail sector – but pick the right stocks at the right price and there are still potential pots of gold out there for long-term buyers, says Phil Oakley.

What should you be buying today: gold or US stocks?

If you had played the ratio between stocks and gold right over time, you would have profited handsomely, says Dominic Frisby. So which should you buy now: gold or stocks?

Why are share prices so high? Because investors are daft

Investors’ irrational behaviour means we will never be rid of “boom and bust” – buying high and selling low is etched into our DNA. Here’s what it means for markets.

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