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.

The balance between value and growth

Investors need to go a long way to find sensibly priced stocks today, but Japan and the US still offer pockets of value, Simon Edelsten tells Merryn Somerset Webb.

WPP: Big tech scoffs Sorrell’s lunch

WPP’s stock slumped after the firm cut its long-term growth targets. It’s another sign that the advertising industry faces structural headwinds. Alice Gråhns reports.

Japan is buoyant and cheap

In the early and mid-2000s, the Japanese market consistently saw around 100 initial public offerings a year. When the crisis struck, flotations slipped sharply, but now we are finally on track for a post-crisis high.

Why the UK's company pension schemes are in such bad shape

Many UK company pension schemes are deeply in deficit, and that’s having damaging effects on how corporations spend their money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The clowns move in: what Italy’s dysfunction means for investors

Italy’s politics have long been an international joke – but after an exceptionally farcical election at a difficult time, that joke isn’t funny any more, say Frédéric Guirinec and Cris Sholto Heaton.

Why you can’t rely on markets to tell you anything useful

The market reaction to Donald Trump’s threat of a trade war has been muted to say the least. But that doesn’t mean anything, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The man betting $18bn on euro failure

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s richest men, has bet $18bn against eurozone stocks. That’s one hell of a contrarian call, says Matthew Lynn.

Trump’s tariffs are yet another sign that inflation is coming back

Donald Trump’s new tariffs on US steel and aluminium imports will have a serious effect on American business. John Stepek explains what that means for inflation, and for your money.

Inflation or no inflation, US stocks will falter

A combination of combination of slowing profits and rising interest rates is bad news for US stocks.

Goldilocks’ euro-porridge tastes tepid

Nobody has been paying much attention to Europe recently amid all the fuss about inflation returning to America. But last week, it returned to the spotlight – and not in a good way.

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