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.

The charts that matter: US jobless figures finally hit a fresh low

The four-week moving average of weekly US jobless claims fell to 207,000, the lowest level in nearly 50 years. John Stepek looks at the chart as well as all of the others that matter most to investors.

Investors head for India

Voting in the world’s largest election began this week in India and this time investors are looking forward to the results.

Sun comes back out on Wall Street

US stocks are going from strength to strength as improved data drives confidence. Marina Gerner reports.

With Brexit retreating even further into the long grass, the UK looks cheap

So back goes the Brexit deadline once again, says John Stepek. It just goes to show that British stocks are undeniably good value.

Investors shouldn’t worry too much about a recession – here’s why

Fears of a downturn are playing on the minds of plenty of investors right now, says John Stepek. But they are getting ahead of themselves.

A. Gary Shilling: a recession is coming

A. Gary Shilling was among the few investors to correctly predict a lengthy stagnation in the wake of the financial crisis. Now he’s warning of a recession.

What is the yield curve saying?

An inverted yield curve usually means a recession lies ahead. Is this time different? And does it matter? John Stepek explains.

British banks should stop fretting about Brexit

British banks should be bolder and go looking for new opportunities in Europe, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: have recession rumours been overstated?

With the “yield curve” bouncing back nicely, does that mean the risk of a recession is receding? To find out, John Stepek looks to the charts that matter most to the global economy. 

Will China’s stockmarket bounce last?

Chinese stocks have staged an impressive rally, outperforming every other national index in the world in the first quarter of 2019. Can that continue?

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