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.

Only one thing doesn’t change in markets – human behaviour

Investors expect markets to behave logically and reasonably. But they don’t. They are wildly capricious. The only way to beat them, says John Stepek, is with a well thought-out, long-term strategy.

Russia’s rocky recovery is likely to be short-lived

Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.

Ignore stocks’ January indicator

There is an adage that “as January goes, so does the year”. But data shows January’s market performance doesn’t actually have predictive power.

Powell’s “put” looks poorly timed

Jerome Powell went out of his way to placate liquidity-addicted markets last week. But if the US economy bounces back, the Fed may find itself having to raise rates – and very quickly too.

Facebook’s birthday surprise

Facebook, the social-media behemoth, turned 15 this week. Its latest quarterly results were unexpectedly good. But what next?

R&D: the key to long-term sales and profit growth

Companies that spend heavily on research and development (R&D) greatly improve their long-term odds. Dr Mike Tubbs explains what to look out for – and what to buy now.

The secrets of Asia’s economic success

Investors dream of the profits to be made from billions of emerging-market consumers, but first these countries will need to become wealthier. That’s more of a challenge than it sounds, says Cris Sholto Heaton.

How to avoid being ruined by a Patisserie Valerie-style disaster

If people are determined to commit fraud, there is probably not much we can realistically do to stop them, says Tim Price. But there are certain steps we can take to minimise the risk.

What to watch this week: the Bank of England, housebuilders and Google

This week, UK investors may get a hint on whether interest rates will ever get back above 1%. Plus, a busy few days for company news. John Stepek looks at what to expect.

The charts that matter: the Powell put is in place

The Federal Reserve has done not so much a U-turn as a handbrake turn on monetary policy this week. John Stepek looks at how that’s affected the global economy’s most important charts.

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