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.

Global stocks will catch up with the US

US stocks have eclipsed other markets over the past decade and continued to outperform this year. But that outperformance looks set to end.

Ignore the wild swings – UK stocks are a buy

Whatever wild turn the Brexit drama takes next, the important thing to remember is that UK stocks are trading at bargain-basement prices.

We have a Brexit deal – but can it get past Parliament?

So we have a Brexit deal that both the EU and the government are happy with. It just needs to get past Parliament. John Stepek explains what’s likely to happen next, and what it all means for your money.

WeWork goes from bad to worse

After botching its flotation, WeWork is facing a potentially fatal cash crunch. Digging itself out of this hole won’t come cheap. Matthew Partridge reports.

Sophos: US scoops up another UK success story

British cybersecurity company Sophos is a successful company with good prospects. So it’s no surprise that the American private-equity firm Thoma Bravo has offered £3.1bn for it.

Sticking your head in the sand is not an option

The Woodford debacle has made many people who are already nervous of the stockmarkets think that investing is not worth it. But most of us need to provide for our own financial future. And investing is the beast way to do that.

The charts that matter: hopes for a trade deal and a Brexit breakthrough

John Sepek looks at how the latest Brexit negotiations have affected the chart that matter most to the global economy.

Vietnam: winning Trump’s trade war

There’s been one clear winner in the US-China trade war so far – Vietnam. Many investors see it as the developing world’s next big thing.

India’s banking crisis deepens

Bad loans are rising at India’s fourth-largest private bank by assets and the lender needs fresh capital to plug the gap. And it’s not alone.

Pensions freeze is a slap in the face for GE employees

Bad news for workers at General Electric (GE). The company will be freezing retirement benefits for 20,000 employees in order to cut billions from its pension deficit and debt pile.

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