Asleep at the wheel

What May's miscalculation means for your money

  • Is Ruth Davidson the next leader of the Tories?

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.

Why are US stocks so expensive, and how long can it last?

US stocks have been unusually expensive for about 20 years. John Stepek examines why, and asks if they’ll ever revert to their former valuations.

The fear gauge: a costly way to bet on rising risk

Retail investors got more than they bargained for when they placed their bets on the fear gauge.

Reflation balloon will keep rising

Markets have reined in their expectations of inflation over the next five years . But it’s too early to write off the reflation trade.

Stocks surge as Macron takes the lead

When it became clear that Emmanuel Macron had narrowly prevailed over Marine Le Pen in the first round of the presidential election, markets surged.

The battle for Dulux

Paints firm AkzoNobel has received a generous offer, and activists are urging a sale. So why is the firm standing firm? Ben Judge reports.

Doff your cap to the stockmarket aristocrats

Investors get excited by IPOs on the stock exchange. But new flotations tend to disappoint over time. You should back the old-timers, says Richard Beddard.

As Trump-mania wanes, expect Macron fever to take its place

Donald Tump may not be quite as good for stocks as investors had hoped. But don’t despair, says John Stepek. There’s a new leader to get excited about: Emmanuel Macron.

Mexico’s lucrative Hacienda hedge

Every year “the men from Hacienda” gather to discuss one of the most hotly anticipated deals in banking.

An emerging market investment trust that goes where others fear to tread

Many emerging market funds ignore “frontier” markets completely. But there are great opportunities in these less developed countries and companies, says Max King.

LVMH is back in fashion

LVMH, the luxury goods bellwether, reported strong sales. But are investors too optimistic about the outlook? Ben Judge reports.

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