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 did the crash of 1929 turn into the Great Depression?

In the latest in his series on history’s biggest financial crises, John Stepek looks at how the 1929 stockmarket crash sparked such a dramatic economic collapse.

This week in MoneyWeek: growth stocks and where to find them

This week in MoneyWeek magazine: what “growth stocks” are and where to find them; Britain’s crippling public debt problem; and a cheap way into private equity.

A big boost for dividends

Reinvested dividends account for the lion’s share of equity returns. So it’s good news that payouts are on the rise.

Central and Eastern Europe charges ahead

Central and Eastern Europe has seen a dramatic turnaround in its fortunes, with unemployment down, confidence up and stockmarkets rallying.

Where to find the hottest growth stocks

Swapping your hard-earned cows for magic beans can make sense. But how do you know which ones will grow and grow? Matthew Partridge reports.

Is it time to buy Centrica for its huge dividend?

Shares in Centrica, owner of British Gas, come with a dividend yield of 8% after the share price fell dramatically last week. So should you buy in?

The charts that matter: the Fed steps in to soothe the jitters

John Stepek with another roundup of the charts that matter to the global economy.

The Great Depression: How the Wall Street Crash of 1929 unfolded

In the latest in his series of history’s worst financial crises, John Stepek looks at how the Wall Street Crash of 1929 unfolded.

This week in MoneyWeek: the big data goldrush

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine: the companies profiting from the data-mining goldrush; why small investors must find their voice; and equity release as pension plan.

Can lipstick predict the markets?

Analysts are always on the lookout for new ways to monitor economic activity, such as how much lipstick women buy. But is this sort of “indicator” actually any help?

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