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.

Three high-yielding stocks to buy now – and three more to avoid

Stocks with big dividends can provide a reliable income in this tough environment – but high yields can be a sign of impending disaster. Phil Oakley explains how to spot the difference

What investors can learn from Carillion’s collapse

With construction and support services giant Carillion going into liquidation, John Stepek looks at some of the key lessons for investors.

The charts that matter: watching for the canary in the coalmine

Inflation is likely to be the big issue of the year. Here, John Stepek looks at how the global economy is faring with the charts that matter.

Why Putin’s legacy is the world’s cheapest stockmarket

There are good reasons for foreign investors to be nervous about Russia. But there are also reasons for cautious optimism about its future, says Frédéric Guirinec.

The best investment ideas for 2018: bet on platinum and Phnom Penh

MoneyWeek’s regular contributors each pick one of their favourite investment ideas from around the world for 2018 and beyond.

Get set for a stockmarket melt-up

Stocks are massively overpriced, but the benign economic backdrop suggests that the markets will march on. Indeed, the most likely scenario now, say some observers, is a dramatic ‘melt-up’.

Little cheer on the high street

Profit warnings from Debenhams and Mothercare are more evidence that traditional retailers are fighting a losing battle against nimbler online competitors, says Ben Judge.

Albert Edwards: Bitcoin is a bubble

That bitcoin is in a bubble is beyond doubt, reckons investment guru Albert Edwards. The trouble is, it’s distracting us from another bubble.

Dow milestone is a dud

The Dow Jones reaching 25,000 has got newspapers all in a flap. That, as John Stepek explains, is just plain nonsense.

China edges into the company big league

China’s internet giants, Tencent and Alibaba, have jumped into the top ten of the world’s biggest companies my market cap.

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