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.

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.

A one-stop shop for global small caps

Setting up global smaller-companies funds is a tall order. Max King tips two that have managed to pull it off.

The next big technology start-up: Saudi Arabia

The desert kingdom is in the throes of radical upheaval – its leader wants to follow Facebook’s example, and “move fast and break things”. Investors should be wary, says John Stepek.

What the purge in Saudi Arabia means for the price of oil

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, is cracking down on the kingdom’s top officials and businessmen. John Stepek looks at what that means for investors.

The charts that matter: US jobless claims hits a new low

It’s been an eventful week in central bank land, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at how this week’s events have affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

This week in MoneyWeek: a new direction for China?

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine, where Xi Jinping may take China next; emerging Europe funds for the brave; and why it pays to plan ahead for your old age.

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