The great US stockmarket melt-up

We’ve seen a 'melt-up' in the US stockmarket, with the S&P 500 up by 12% in less than a month. But storm clouds are gathering.

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Stocks: the MoneyWeek view

November 2014: Avoid America We would continue to steer clear of the American market, which is very expensive. Europe is a better bet, as it looks set to benefit from ECB money printing. Another dose of QE is also a reason to like Japan. We continue to like Brazil, India, Mexico and the Philippines.

See our view on all the major asset classes here.

Markets: energy stocks weigh on the FTSE 100

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 slipped back, dragged down by energy stocks as the price of oil fell further. The index closed down 0.1% at 6,723.

Aviva agrees Friends Life deal

Aviva, Britain’s second-biggest insurer, has reached a preliminary deal to buy smaller rival Friends Life.

A shake-up for the sleepy telecoms sector

The shape of the telecoms sector is changing, as BT’s ambitious plans show.

Markets: the FTSE100 continues to tread water

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 was again little changed, slipping two points to close at 6,729.

This tech bull market is only just getting going – there’s still time to buy

The bull market in tech stocks will be the story of 2015, says Dominic Frisby. Buy in while there’s still time.

Markets: FTSE 100 little changed

The FTSE 100 saw little change yesterday, adding just two points to close at 6,731.

Annual reports reveal a company’s innermost secrets

They may be boring, but annual reports offer you invaluable insights into companies, says Phil Oakley.

Markets: FTSE 100 slips back

In yesterday’s markets, the FTSE 100 slipped 0.3% to 6,729, while most other world markets saw modest rises.

Black Friday can’t save retailers from a pitiful Christmas

‘Black Friday’ might mean huge sales for UK retailers, but all the discounting means a pitiful Christmas beckons, says Bengt Saelensminde.

How to profit from Thailand’s solar energy boom

Demand for energy in Thailand is going through the roof. The best option is solar, says Lars Henriksson. Here he picks five of the country’s best solar energy stocks.

Markets: FTSE 100 ends the week on a high

In Friday’s markets, the FTSE 100 ended the week on a high, after a cut in Chinese interest rates and hopes of quantitative easing in Europe. The index climbed 1.1% to close at 6,750.

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