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.

It’s too soon to sell out of tech stocks

US tech stocks continue to lead the global market upswing. The boom shows no sign of ending.

Where to find Japan’s small, cash-rich bargain stocks

One of the few big opportunities in global markets is Japan’s small-cap value sector. And now there is finally a fund that focuses directly on this niche, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Three top-notch small European companies going cheap

Professional investor Francesco Conte picks three outstanding small European companies to buy now.

Chart of the week: cannabis is getting too high

The first ETF to track marijuana producers passed C$1bn in September, doubling its value in a year – but the sector is getting ahead of itself.

Japanese margins hit new peak

Over the past five years, Japanese companies’ average pre-tax profit margin has risen from 4.5% to 7.7%.

The Pacific Alliance: the four best bets in Latin America

The emerging market sell-off is a buying opportunity for brave investors seeking resilient, well-managed economies with strong prospects. Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru fit the bill, says James McKeigue.

Three video game companies with wide economic moats

Matthew Partridge talks to fund managers Victoria Stevens and Matt Tonge, who pick three video-game makers that can keep competitors at bay.

Three ways to boost family businesses

Research shows that keeping a business in the family is good for profits. Matthew Lynn explains how to encourage more of it.

British stocks are unloved and undervalued

According to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey, 28% of fund managers are underweight in UK stocks.

Where to find value in Africa

A specialist investment trust and a mining stock allow investors to bet on African large-cap stocks, and a recovery in Zimbabwe.

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