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.

Don’t give up on European stocks

The latest political upset in Italy has given investors a fright. But they are taking too pessimistic a view.

HSBC takes baby steps

Global banking giant HSBC has unveiled an extremely cautious strategic update. Shareholders wanted a bit more spice, says Alice Gråhns.

If you'd invested in: Premier Oil and Petra Diamonds

Premier Oil has seen its share price rise in step with its output and profits, while Petra Diamonds’ profit warning has seen the shares slide.

Investors turn on Brazil

Emerging-markets investors have turned their guns on Brazil, sending the real to a two-year low and wiping 15% off the stockmarket in three weeks.

Argentina is thrown a $50bn lifeline

Argentina has agreed s $50bn credit deal with the IMF, which should stabilise the currency and encourage foreign investment.

Central banks are stepping out of the spotlight – and it’s about time

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates again yesterday. But market reaction was muted. The age of the all-powerful central banker may be coming to an end, says John Stepek.

The campaign to save “one share, one vote”

Good governance and shareholder democracy are being undermined by companies issuing shares with limited voting rights. But investors are starting to push back, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How Netflix will change the world

TV and film streaming giant Netflix has shaken up the media business. But it won’t end there, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: investors are bored with gold, but they like copper

As investors fall out of love with gold, John Stepek looks at what’s happened in the last week to the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Politics does matter when investing – but not as much as you might think

Matthew Partridge talks to economist and author Dr Nick Sargent about how politics affects the markets, and the need for objectivity when investing.

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