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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.

The car is set to go the way of the VHS tape – prepare your portfolio

Urban transport is about to undergo a transformation, says Dominic Frisby. In 15 years’ time, no city dweller will own a car. Are you – and your portfolio – prepared?

The best kind of M&A deal

Last year, $750bn of takeovers proposed have been abandoned – but that can often be a blessing in disguise.

Developing countries weather the storm

Emerging-market investors have had a torrid time in recent years, but things have been looking up in 2016.

UK dividends hit £1trn

British investors have received £1trn in dividends since 2000, according to the quarterly Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services.

Is the US bull market over?

A threat that interest rates may one day rise sparked a selloff in America’s stockmarkets. The US bull market could be nearing the end of its run, says Dominic Frisby.

Don’t miss out on American growth

America’s innovative companies have caused the nation’s stock market to grow. Max King looks at the best ways to invest for the long term.

Why now could be a good time to top up on Japan

Japanese stocks haven’t done well this year as deflation maintains its grip on the country. But a big buying opportunity could be just around the corner. John Stepek explains why.

Rousseff’s exit: a boost for Brazil?

With Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff dismissd by the senate, the country is hoping for a “shock of capitalism”. Here are two of the best ways ways to buy in.

Japan’s skewed stockmarket

The Bank of Japan is now the largest investor in exchange-traded funds in the Japanese stockmarket, thereby skewing the market in two key ways.

US stocks: the bears will have their day – but not yet

Despite poor jobs data for August, US stocks ticked up anyway, as the news means that the US Federal Reserve is highly unlikely to raise interest rates until December at the earliest.

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