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Apple’s coronavirus warning rattles markets

Apple has warned that disruption in China caused by the coronavirus will hit first-quarter revenues.
20 Feb 2020
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Reforms at HSBC are not radical enough

Banking giant HSBC plans to go back to its roots to boost shareholders’ returns. But investors are not impressed.
20 Feb 2020
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What is Britain’s new economic policy?

At the moment, Britain doesn’t seem to have an economic policy. But radical-seeming announcements and the surprise ousting of the chancellor portend m…
20 Feb 2020
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Beware the rogue energy suppliers

Ofgem has warned small businesses to be on their guard against rogue “energy brokers” flogging poor-value gas and electricity contracts.
18 Feb 2020
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Apple’s coronavirus warning won’t be the last – but will markets care?

If one of the world's biggest companies is feeling the pain from the coronavirus, then presumably others are too, says John Stepek. That can only lead…
18 Feb 2020
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The biggest risk facing the UK housing market right now

For house prices to stagnate or even fall would be healthy for the property market, says John Stepek. But there is a distinct danger that isn't going …
17 Feb 2020
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Don’t write off European stocks

The Eurozone economy may have slowed to a crawl, but a return to earnings growth has given investors in European stocks hope.
16 Feb 2020
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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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Have we reached the end of the road for petrol cars?

The prime minister has said that all new sales of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be banned from 2035. Is that achievable?
15 Feb 2020
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Britain has a new chancellor – get ready for a major spending splurge

The departure of Sajid Javid as chancellor and the appointment of Rishi Sunak marks a change in the style of our politics. John Stepek explains what's…
14 Feb 2020
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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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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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Credit Suisse boss tossed overboard

Credit Suisse Group has sacked its CEO, Tidjane Thiam, after his position became untenable.
13 Feb 2020
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UAE hospital group NMC is in poor financial health

Already under fire from short-sellers, the group now admits it may have misled investors about its ownership structure. Matthew Partridge reports
13 Feb 2020
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13 Feb 2020
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Google looks for new growth business as results disappoint

The share price of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, fell by 4% this week after sales growth was lower than the market had expected.
7 Feb 2020
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BP boss raises the oil giant's dividend ahead of his departure

Bob Dudley, the departing CEO of oil giant BP, has given shareholders a parting gift by raising the dividend. But they would be happier if oil prices …
7 Feb 2020
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Is the jump in house prices just a Brexit bounce, or is it more durable?

UK house prices rose sharply in January. Some of that is down to the end of Brexit uncertainty – but not all. There is a real risk that prices will ke…
7 Feb 2020
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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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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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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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Cheah Cheng Hye: life is both "attractive and terrifying" for investors right now

Capitalism is in a systemic crisis, says Cheah Cheng Hye, co-chairman and co-CIO of Value Partners, but investors should continue to hold equities.
4 Feb 2020
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Brexit begins: what do the UK and the EU want from a trade deal?

With Brexit now done, the trade talks can begin. But who wants what from a UK/EU trade deal, and how likely are they to get it?
3 Feb 2020
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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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Brexit Day: what does Britain leaving the EU mean for your money?

As Britain finally leaves the EU, John Stepek looks at what the future might hold, and how it will affect your investments.
31 Jan 2020
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Just Eat’s merger with Takeaway.com delayed

The £6.2bn merger between food delivery giants Just Eat and Takeaway.com has hit a hitch.
30 Jan 2020
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Is Bayer a bargain stock despite the litigation surrounding Roundup?

The German chemicals group Bayer’s lawsuits over its Roundup weedkiller could throttle its profits. But is the gloom overdone? Matthew Partridge repor…
30 Jan 2020
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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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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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Carney leaves the Bank of England, not with a bang, but a whimper

In Mark Carney's final rate-setting meeting as governor of the Bank of England, the Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep interest rates where t…
30 Jan 2020
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It’s still “inflation or bust” as far as the Fed is concerned

The latest interest-rate meeting of the US Federal Reserve has confirmed what markets already knew – central banks are pursuing "inflation or bust” po…
30 Jan 2020
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Like it or not, UK house prices appear to be rallying

The UK housing market seems to be perking up. But that may not be a good thing, says John Stepek.
29 Jan 2020
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Will the coronavirus derail the bull market? Here’s what history suggests

Markets sold off in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but have since rebounded. Could the scare really end the bull market? Dominic Frisby looks t…
29 Jan 2020
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Woodford investor? Your first payment is coming soon

Private investors left stranded by the collapse of the Woodford Equity Income fund will soon be getting at least some of their money back. But they wi…
28 Jan 2020
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How long before financial markets stop fearing the coronavirus?

Markets have tanked as fears about the coronavirus spread. Some sectors will certainly take a hit. But long-term investors shouldn't bee too worried, …
28 Jan 2020
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Thousands of pensioners are set to lose £3,500 a year

Around 11,000 pensioners in receipt of the “adult dependants’ addition” will lose up to £70 a week from their state pension.
27 Jan 2020
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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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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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The coming crisis at the BBC

The BBC’s chief has quit ahead of what promises to be years of turmoil and conflict with a hostile government. Will the licence fee survive?
25 Jan 2020
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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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The Boris Bounce might stop the Bank of England from cutting rates

The latest snapshot of UK economic activity has sparked a bout of inflationary talk, with both manufacturing and service sectors in ruder health than …
24 Jan 2020
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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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Fever-Tree's share price falls to a three-year low as the gin boom cools

Shares in drinks and mixers group Fever-Tree have fallen to a three-year low.
23 Jan 2020
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Blood on the high street as retailers suffer their worst year ever

Last year was the worst on record for the sector, and Christmas trading brought little cheer. Matthew Partridge reports.
23 Jan 2020
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Savers could gain an extra £260m a year

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may mandate a set rate for easy-access savings accounts that could be worth up to £260m a year for savers.
21 Jan 2020
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Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?

China's double-digit growth rates of previous decades are long gone. Will the weakness continue?
17 Jan 2020
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Why investors should be “cautiously bullish” for 2020

Analysts have been out in force making rosy predictions for stockmarkets in 2020, but while there is certainly a case for optimism, investors should r…
17 Jan 2020
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Plaid: Visa’s pricey bet on the future of finance

Visa has paid $5.3bn for fintech start-up Plaid, following on from last year’s purchase of cross-border payments company Earthport.
16 Jan 2020
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Boeing’s bleak future

Aircraft maker Boeing’s nosedive has accelerated this week owing to emails highlighting its toxic corporate culture. Matthew Partridge reports.
16 Jan 2020