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.

What’s next for US stockmarkets?

US stockmarkets are hugely volatile right now. It’s a shake-up that’s been a long-time coming. Dominic Frisby looks at the state of the markets, and where they might go next.

We’ve gone from “buy the dip” to “sell the rip”

The sense of panic in the markets has eased for now. But the overall tone has changed, says John Stepek. Here’s what to do now.

How to avoid being ruined by nasty stockmarket surprises

Investors in cake shop Patisserie Valerie got quite the shock last week. John Stepek explains how to avoid that sort of thing happening to you.

Art, tech stocks and the financial canary’s last gasp

From art to tech stocks, things are changing fast in the financial world, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it’s all down to rising bond yields.

Why Unilever will have to Remain

Unilever, the consumer-goods giant, is staying in the UK after all. That tells us something important about Brexit, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: a short-lived panic – or something deeper?

John Stepek looks at whether the charts that matter most to the global economy point to the market fall being just a blip, or if this is something more serious.

Japan: investors ignore good news

The good news just keeps coming in Japan. Employees’ earnings grew by 0.9% year-on-year in August, slightly down from 1.6% in July.

Brazil’s lurid political melodrama

Brazil is embroiled in a presidential election full of political melodrama.

The bull market is on borrowed time as interest rates rise

More interest rate rises in the US amid a strong economy will raise long-term rates, depressing bond prices and undermining the bull market in stocks.

The British software sector stars investors should buy now

You might not think of the UK as a market full of promising tech stocks. But our small- and medium-sized companies are punching above their weight, says Dr Mike Tubbs.

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