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.

Aim makes its mark at last

London’s Alternative Market performed poorly during its first 20 years – but investors can no longer afford to ignore its 1,254 companies, says Max King.

What’s unsettled US stocks?

After eight weeks of gains on the trot, US stocks dipped last week.

Brazilian stocks hit a speed bump

Brazilian stocks have doubled in two years, but that momentum is now slowing.

Jack Bogle: Time for lower returns

The past eight years have been great for stocks. However, Jack Bogle, the founder and former CEO of passive-funds pioneer Vanguard Group, thinks that investors should brace themselves for lower returns.

Prepare for a crash

One thing that people always get wrong about bubbles is that no one sees them coming. That’s just not true, says John Stepek.

How to fatten your profits as the world slims

Modern living has turned us into overweight, inactive couch potatoes. There’s an app for that, says Alice Gråhns – and an opportunity to profit for smart investors.

This week in MoneyWeek: Saudi Arabia – a hot new tech startup?

In MoneyWeek this week: what the upheaval in Saudi Arabia means for investors; a fund that’s returned 12% annually for 127 years; and a one-stop shop for global small-cap stocks.

Two new floats sink in choppy IPO waters

In the third quarter, London was the busiest major stockmarket for initial public offerings (IPOs). But this quarter IPOs have hit troubled waters.

Big changes leave stocks unmoved

The US administration has finally fleshed out its tax-reform proposals. But neither that nor the announcement of a new Fed chair made much difference to the markets.

Asia recovers from its hangover

A lost decade for Asian stocks is over. Last week the MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index, which covers the major developing economies of the region apart from Japan, returned to its pre-crisis high of October 2007.

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