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.

Avoid the emerging market disasters

Emerging markets do well overall, says Andrew Van Sickle. But a few bad eggs ruin it for investors.

The Brexit gloom is overdone

Despite worries over Brexit, British stocks look to be on a firm footing.

Goldilocks will be bucked from the bull

Conditions have been just right for stock markets for a while. Andrew Van Sickle explains why it won’t last.

Ten years on: how the 2008 crisis spawned our era of populism

It’s been ten years since investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed and the financial crisis began. John Stepek looks at what’s changed since then.

Don’t be fooled by the weak US wages data – inflation is still on the cards

The US economy is creating plenty of jobs, but wages are lagging. That should be good for markets. But investors shouldn’t get too excited, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The world’s greatest investors: Angela Lascelles

Angela Lascelles was told she could never go into investment management as she was female, says Matthew Partridge. So, she did it anyway.

Markets are teetering on the edge – what will push them over?

Markets are poised to tumble – just like penny falls machine in an amusement arcade. Merryn Somerset Webb wonders: what will finally nudge them over the edge?

The charts that matter: markets bide their time

Donald Trump may be serious about imposing trade restrictions, but you’d struggle to see much sign of that in the charts this week.

Searching for a market top? Keep an eye out for mega-deals

The peak of virtually every market bubble has been heralded by some ludicrous, overblown, corporate mega-deal. John Stepek looks at what to watch out for this time.

Chinese firms rule emerging-market funds

In 2008 Chinese companies comprised 9% of the key benchmark for emerging-market funds. Today, it’s 27%.

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