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 one asset I feel tempted to bet on right now

Using leverage – borrowed money – to bet on equities looks like a bad idea right now. But there is one asset that might be worth a carefully considered punt.

The charts that matter: it’s all about inflation now

Prices are rising in the US, and so far markets have taken it all in their stride, says John Stepek. The assumption is that the Fed won’t be making any sudden moves.

Twitter and Snap: Tech fledglings take a leap

 Investors in Twitter and Snap have got used to bad news, so the tech laggards’ latest results were encouraging. Alice Gråhns reports.

If you’d invested in: Aveva and SSE

IT software group Aveva is hoping to become a global powerhouse, while energy supplier SSE is seeing customers leaving in their droves.

Time to short American stocks

Stock markets in the US have enjoyed a long bull run. But as Matthew Partridge explains, it’s time to take the other side of the bet.

Peter Schiff: US stocks fall no surprise

The fall in US stock prices has been a long time in coming, reckons investment guru Peter Schiff.

Inflation is picking up in the US – and there’s more to come

At first, stocks reacted entirely predictably to the higher-than-expected inflation data from the US, says John Stepek. And then, something else happened.

Estate agents, housebuilders and the outlook for UK house prices

For the last two or three years, the UK housing market has gone nowhere. Dominic Frisby finds out if that’s likely to change in 2018.

Here’s why you should keep a close eye on tomorrow’s US inflation data

It looks like we’re moving into a period of inflation – which will inevitably mean higher interest rates. And that’s not good for financial markets, says John Stepek.

Like it or not, you’re probably on the wrong side of the market

If you own investments that have benefited from the market stability of the last few years (and you probably do) you’re vulnerable to losing money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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