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.

Why Putin’s legacy is the world’s cheapest stockmarket

There are good reasons for foreign investors to be nervous about Russia. But there are also reasons for cautious optimism about its future, says Frédéric Guirinec.

The best investment ideas for 2018: bet on platinum and Phnom Penh

MoneyWeek’s regular contributors each pick one of their favourite investment ideas from around the world for 2018 and beyond.

Get set for a stockmarket melt-up

Stocks are massively overpriced, but the benign economic backdrop suggests that the markets will march on. Indeed, the most likely scenario now, say some observers, is a dramatic ‘melt-up’.

Little cheer on the high street

Profit warnings from Debenhams and Mothercare are more evidence that traditional retailers are fighting a losing battle against nimbler online competitors, says Ben Judge.

Albert Edwards: Bitcoin is a bubble

That bitcoin is in a bubble is beyond doubt, reckons investment guru Albert Edwards. The trouble is, it’s distracting us from another bubble.

Dow milestone is a dud

The Dow Jones reaching 25,000 has got newspapers all in a flap. That, as John Stepek explains, is just plain nonsense.

China edges into the company big league

China’s internet giants, Tencent and Alibaba, have jumped into the top ten of the world’s biggest companies my market cap.

Ignore the Cape sceptics

The cyclically adjusted price-earnings (Cape) ratio is an excellent predictor of long-term equity returns. And now, in the US at least, it is flashing red.

What happens before a market melts down? It melts up, of course

With signs of excess and irrational behaviour creeping in, the equity bull market is living on borrowed time. But before it crashes, it could surge another 30%, says John Stepek.

The charts that matter: what does 2018 hold?

Japan’s Topix index breaks through its “coffin lid”, gold starts the year well, and bitcoin is back on the rise. John Stepek looks through the global economy’s most important charts.

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