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.

Alexa, how big can you get?

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Baillie Gifford’s Tom Slater looks at Amazon’s remarkable Alexa, and the future of computing.

Why the demise of public markets should have you worried

Too many companies are either not listing or going private, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That diverts the returns to the few, not the many.

WeWork has shelved its IPO – has the top of the market been postponed?

The collapse of WeWork’s IPO suggests we’re not quite at the top of the bull market in listed stocks. But it does tell us a lot about the recent “unicorn” frenzy, says John Stepek – the bubble in private companies is now bursting.

There’s plenty of life in oil stocks yet

If you’re looking for a reliable source of income for your retirement, you might be better off with high-yielding resources stocks than with an annuity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Chart of the week: the seed investments that fail to sprout

Foreign direct investment is supposed to stimulate productivity and growth in other countries by transferring skills, technology and capital. But much of it isn’t doing that,

Sift through the tech IPO flops to find the next Amazon.com

Some big names in tech have floundered since listing. That may be a buying opportunity, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: “risk on” rules

The “risk-off” move we saw over the past month or so has reversed. John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

Proof that the tech-unicorn IPO bubble is bursting

The valuations of WeWork, Peloton and little-known Australian unicorn iSignThis all point to the fact that the IPO bubble for so-called “tech” firms is bursting.

Pilots' strike grounds British Airways

The British Airways pilots’ strike is the latest mishap in a series of PR disasters for the national flag-carrier. Where does it go from here? Matthew Partridge reports.

What’s worse – no-deal Brexit or a Corbyn government?

The UK’s turbulent political situation presents a dilemma for investors. British assets look cheap, but what happens if we get an extreme outcome? John Stepek looks at how bad things could get.

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