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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 “disruption” days are over – it’s time for some brutal, old-fashioned competition

Amazon’s takeover of US grocery chain Whole Foods marks a change in direction from “disruption” to direct competition, says John Stepek. Here’s what it means for you.

Tech stocks: time to panic?

US tech stocks saw big falls recently. Is it a pause as investors “rotate”, or the start of something bigger? Ben Judge reports.

The Lucky Country’s 26-year streak

The rise of China has supported Australia’s 26 years of constant economic growth.

Is the stockmarket rally about to peak?

Stocks are hardly cheap, but has the rally finally peaked? Andrew Van Sickle reports.

Does the wobble in tech stocks mark the beginning of the end?

Tech stocks have sold off sharply in the last few days. John Stepek asks if this is a healthy correction of an overpriced sector, or the start of something bigger.

Enjoy Europe’s rally while it lasts

European stocks have had a good run so far this year. Just don’t bank on it continuing.

How long can this party in US stocks go on?

Nothing seems to be able to slow the relentless rise of US stocks, says Andrew Van Sickle.

Investors should follow the tourists into Latin America

Latin America is putting its violent past behind it, and is poised to ride the wave of a global tourism boom. Invest now to reap the rewards, says James McKeigue.

Are tech stocks the new Nifty Fifty?

The Nifty Fifty was a group of blue-chip stocks that investors thought would outperform the market, but didn’t. John Stepek asks if today’s tech stocks are the 21st-century version.

Big tech firms beware: big government is coming for you

One problem with big tech stocks is that they’re very expensive. But another is the threat from overzealous regulation, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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