Stockmarkets

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.

Italy, Europe’s laggard, is catching up – but only very slowly

There are signs that Europe’s recovery is finally trickling down to Italy, while Spain is on a roll.

How to spot a dodgy company – never trust a high achiever

Everyone invests in dud stocks once in a while. But how do you tell if a company will go bad? Look to the CEO, says John Stepek.

Two funds to shake-up the fund management industry

Merryn Somerset Webb looks at two new funds which, while they are in no way perfect, aim to shake up the complacent fund management industry.

This contrarian investor says it’s time to be cautious – here’s how to do it

One of America’s top contrarian investors thinks investors need to be extremely careful in the markets right now. John Stepek explains what that means for your portfolio.

Indivior’s miracle drug wears off

Indivior’s opioid addiction treatment has been exposed to generic competition. Can the drugmaker fight back? Alice Gråhns reports.

What caused the stockmarket crash of 1987 – and could it happen again today?

The 1987 stockmarket crash was a surprise for many – but some did see it coming. John Stepek explains what caused it, and what it tells us about today’s markets.

Tread carefully when investing in India and China

The re-emergence of India and China from their long economic slumber appears to offer investors the prospect of easy profits, but the lesson of history is to tread carefully in these countries, says Max King.

Will US profits run out of steam?

America’s biggest companies produced a second successive quarter of double-digit profit growth for the first time since 2011 – but it’s hard to be optimistic about where profits are going.

Markets shrug off Korean missile crisis

Stockmarkets wobbled when North Korea detonated its latest nuclear device, but they appear to be taking the international tension in their stride.

This stealth bull market is still in its early stages

The mining sector has performed extremely well in recent months, even as investors worry about the state of the wider market. But, asks John Stepek, can this bull market last?

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