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.

Drama at Debenhams

The outlook at department store group Debenhams is dismal, while Mike Ashley, who owns 30% of it, has been putting his oar in. Matthew Partridge reports.

The same old Brexit story

Over two years later, nothing has really changed on the Brexit front, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And UK stocks are still cheap.

The high-street brands that are defying the online onslaught

Times are tough for traditional retailers now internet shopping has taken off. But some big names are successfully adapting to the new environment. What are they doing right? Matthew Partridge investigates.

What May’s massive Brexit rejection means for your money

What happens after Parliament’s resounding rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal is anyone’s guess. Here, John Stepek outlines some scenarios, and explains what it all means for your money.

Why investors are looking east towards Japan

Exciting things are happening in Japan, and they should be of interest to anyone looking for investment opportunities in 2019.

Bonds and fixed interest - back to fight another day?

When Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, markets soon applauded him as a tax-cutting, regulation-slashing, business-focused President. The welcome mat was withdrawn during 2018, however, as trade wars started to unnerve investors and stall business spending.

Responsible investing is here to stay

The movement towards more sustainable investment opportunities in 2019 is driven by both big institutional investors and millennials, and this theme is reinforced by the findings of our recent survey of high net worth individuals.

From FAANGs to CRAABs - the era of investment in new technology

Within 10 years the FAANGs could well have been replaced by a portfolio of CRAABs – cryptocurrency, robotics, artificial intelligence, automation and biotech companies.

Could Latin America be a great investment opportunity in 2019?

While there are challenges to overcome, we believe the investment outlook for Latin America as a whole is quietly encouraging, making it one of our key investment themes in 2019.

The five megadeals to expect in 2019

Matthew Lynn’s crystal ball is in pretty good nick. Here, he makes five predictions for the year ahead.

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