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Stockmarkets

Is the worst of the market rout over?

Have we seen the worst of the stockmarket crash or do equities have further to fall?
2 Apr 2020
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Economy

Australia’s economy is about to meet its delayed day of reckoning

Fallout from the coronavirus outbreak looks set to end Australia's record-breaking streak of 28 years without a recession.
27 Mar 2020
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UK stockmarkets

British stock valuations look “unequivocally appealing”

Those with a long-time horizon – and the stomach for a bumpy ride – will find much to interest them in British stocks.
27 Mar 2020
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Gold

Gold will soon regain its lustre

In dollar terms at least, gold has erased most of its gains for this year. But demand is high, and the price will climb again.
26 Mar 2020
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US Economy

Coronavirus: America's central bank "goes nuclear" as politicians act

The US Federal Reserve, America's central bank, signalled that it would do practically anything to end the turbulence and help the American economy.
26 Mar 2020
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China's economy

China’s economy to shrink for the first time since 1976

China may now be on course for its first quarterly contraction since 1976, with Goldman Sachs predicting a 9% plunge in first-quarter economic activit…
20 Mar 2020
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Stockmarkets

Financial stimulus: monetary bazooka misses its target

Central bank action to prevent liquidity from drying up has failed to reverse the market rout.
20 Mar 2020
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Currencies

The euro: will the single currency survive the coronavirus?

The EU has failed to convince anyone that it has either the will or the tools to keep the eurozone together in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.
20 Mar 2020
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Corporate bonds

The world is drowning in corporate debt

The world’s $74trn “ocean of corporate debt” contains many hidden perils which could infect the wider financial market
20 Mar 2020
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EU Economy

Get set for the next euro crisis

Italy is almost certainly heading for its fourth recession since the global financial crisis. 
13 Mar 2020
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Oil

Will an oil price war spark a global crisis?

The oil price suffered its biggest fall since the 1991 Gulf War after Saudi Arabia and Russia decided to bump up production at a time of reduced deman…
12 Mar 2020
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Stockmarkets

Stockmarkets go from panic to hysteria

Battered by the spread of coronavirus and the tumbling oil price, stockmarkets have succumbed to hysteria.
11 Mar 2020
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Stockmarkets

Stockmarkets finally succumb to Covid-19 coronavirus

Stockmarkets have finally reacted to the coronavirus epidemic, seeing their worst day in two years. And there is likely to be worse to come.
28 Feb 2020
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Japan stockmarkets

Japanese stocks are still a bargain – investors should consider buying in

On a price/earnings ratio of 15.9, Japanese stocks are among the most reasonably priced in the developed world.
28 Feb 2020
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Tech stocks

Tech stocks will face a backlash

Just five tech stocks account for nearly 20% of the S&P 500’s total market value. But the bigger they grow, the bigger the risk of a political backlas…
28 Feb 2020
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Asian economy

South Korea’s economic emergency

South Korea, already ailing because of the US-China trade war, is facing an "economic emergency"
27 Feb 2020
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China's economy

Is China heading for a secret recession?

The shutdown sparked by the coronavirus outbreak could put China at risk of a “secret recession”.
25 Feb 2020
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Emerging markets

Thailand's already fragile economy threatened by coronavirus

Thailand was already suffering from effects of the US-China trade war and its worst drought in decades; now the coronavirus threatens to damage its to…
23 Feb 2020
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Energy

The natural-gas glut is here to stay

Surging US exports of liquefied natural gas have driven the price down to below $3 per mBtu
21 Feb 2020
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Stockmarkets

Central banks' easy money dulls the financial effects of the coronavirus outbreak

Investors, confident that central bankers will step in with more easy cash if the coronavirus epidemic worsens, have driven up both stockmarkets and b…
19 Feb 2020
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Oil

Coronavirus is a "black swan" event for oil

The coronavirus outbreak is leaving the energy industry facing the prospect of no overall demand growth for the calendar year. 
15 Feb 2020
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China's economy

Has Hong Kong become a failed state?

Hong Kong cannot protect its citizens, provide basic services or command the trust of its people, and it is failing to provide the safety and stabilit…
14 Feb 2020
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Stockmarkets

Stocks shrug off the coronavirus outbreak

Investors have shrugged off the disruption to the markets caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.
14 Feb 2020
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China's economy

Investors eye up a new round of Chinese stimulus

Chinese policymakers have announced new stimulus measures to contain the fallout from the coronavirus. Asset managers are already positioning themselv…
6 Feb 2020
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China stockmarkets

China's feverish stockmarket weighs the cost of the coronavirus

China’s stockmarket fell by 8% in one day – the biggest daily fall in more than four years. But investors shouldn't panic.
6 Feb 2020
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US stockmarkets

Coronavirus scare obscures US profit picture

With the spread of the coronavirus occupying the news, investors may have missed some interesting developments in US corporate earnings
6 Feb 2020
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Emerging markets

India’s drive for economic reform weakens

India's government is neglecting economic reform in favour of pushing nationalist policies
5 Feb 2020
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Emerging markets

The best way to invest in the potential of the Philippines

The Philippines is a country with fast growth, a young population and plenty of domestic demand to offset global trade turbulence. Here's the best way…
3 Feb 2020
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Government bonds

Keep an eye on Sweden's interest rates

Could Sweden be poised to return to negative interest rates?
31 Jan 2020
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Government bonds

Bond party back on for investors – for now

Fear of the coronavirus has sent investors retreating to their habitual comfort zone: government bonds.
30 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Coronavirus fear goes viral in the markets

The coronavirus outbreak is bringing back memories of the 2003 Sars epidemic, which cost the world economy $40bn.
30 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

Bullish investors return to emerging markets

The ink had barely dried on the US-China trade deal before the bulls began pouring into emerging markets.
27 Jan 2020
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Stockmarkets

US-China trade truce boosts stockmarkets – for now

Markets brightened up after China agreed to import more from the US and America greed to lower some tariffs on Chinese goods. But the trade war is far…
27 Jan 2020
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News

The drastic decline of the market for coal

The price of coal price fell by almost a third last year as the world turns its back on the dirty fuel
24 Jan 2020
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European stockmarkets

Can Europe's stockmarket rise keep going?

The eurozone’s stockmarkets had an excellent 2019. But there are serious doubts about their ability to repeat the performance in 2020.
24 Jan 2020
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Currencies

The currencies to bet on this year

The US dollar could be set to weaken this year, while the euro, Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc could be good bets for optimistic traders.
17 Jan 2020
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