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.

Will Jerome Powell toss markets a bone, or leave them hungry?

Markets are desperate for some crumbs of comfort from the US central bank. Previous Fed governors have been happy to oblige. But will the current boss, Jerome Powell, deliver?

Britain is now uninvestable – which probably makes now a good time to buy

The world’s investors are shunning the UK, says John Stepek. But when an asset class is as detested as UK stocks, that’s when you should look at buying.

Tech stocks go the way of the miniskirt as financial fashions change

Rising interest rates, higher labour costs and governments threatening harsher regulations and stricter tax regimes all mean last year’s must-have investments are now firmly out of fashion.

The charts that matter: crypto cracks

As the cryptocurrency bitcoin continued to crash this week, John Stepek looks at the charts the matter to the global economy to see where things might go next.

All the signs point to incipient inflation

Traders are expecting a soft touch from the Federal Reserve next year, says Marina Gerner. They may be in for a nasty surprise.

Relative returns: why you should seek out family-run firms

Studies show that shares in family-owned companies tend to outperform the wider market. But how do you identify the ones most likely to succeed? Matthew Partridge investigates.

How to invest for Brexit – whatever the outcome

Theresa May appears to have agreed a Brexit deal with Europe, but the odds of getting MPs to sign off on it look slim. John Stepek looks at what that could mean for your money.

The world’s most important stocks are now in a bear market

Once the darlings of the stockmarket, America’s biggest tech stocks have all fallen by more than 20% since peaking earlier this year. And that’s just a start, says John Stepek.

The charts that matter: the cracks in the market are showing

Gold has had a reasonable week, but most other assets are selling off. John Stepek looks at the charts that matter to see where the global economy might be going next.

Hungary: nasty leader, nice stocks

Hungary’s authoritarian leader Victor Orban is widely reviled. But the country’s economy and equities look inviting.

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