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: is the recessionary threat real or hype?

With worrying data from bond yields and US jobless figures, John Stepek looks at the global economy’s most important charts to gauge the threat of a recession.

Chart of the week: Ditch the CEO, buy the shares

More than 1,400 CEOs of US companies left their jobs in 2018. But CEO exits can spell opportunity.

Why investors should never mistake the economy for the stockmarket

Forecasts for many of the world’s major economies is distinctly gloomy. But investors shouldn’t be too downhearted – the outlook for stockmarkets could be much brighter. John Stepek explains why.

South Korea is due a bounce

The gloom on South Korea may be overdone and investors may be in line for not only rising stock prices, but rising dividends too.

Brazil trades on borrowed time

Brazilian stocks have taken off since Jair Bolsonaro took office. But may return to earth just as quickly.

The Big Apple bites back at Amazon

As drama over the e-commerce giant’s second US headquarters continues, New York’s welcome has cooled. Matthew Partridge reports

Tension is mounting in turbulent Thailand

Thailand has been in political turmoil for years, and the constant tension has hampered efforts to introduce structural reforms to boost efficiency.

How to catch the best of a bull market while dodging the big bears

Dominic Frisby outlines a beautifully simple, long-term trend-following strategy that works across most markets.

How self-driving cars could be the next genuinely useful investment bubble

There’s a huge amount of investment pouring into self-driving cars. It could turn out to be a “glorious bubble”, says John Stepek. Here’s what’s going on, and the best way to invest.

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahead in the markets.

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