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.

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahead in the markets.

The trouble with multinational corporations

Huge multinational corporations wield far too much power, concentrate wealth in the wrong hands, and undermine governments’ sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tap into India’s growth story with these three mid-cap stocks

Professional investor David Cornell of the India Capital Growth Fund picks three top-performing Indian mid-cap stocks for adventurous investors to buy now.

It’s time for Ryanair to grow up

As a young upstart airline, a combative approach was just what Ryanair needed. Now it needs to mellow, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: the V-shaped rally stalls

As the stockmarket rally peters out, John Stepek looks to the global economy’s most important charts to see where we might go from here.

What should income investors do if inflation doesn’t arrive?

With interest rates rising during 2018, and market murmurs about inflation, income investors might have been hoping for juicier opportunities this year. But David Stevenson fears they’ll be disappointed.

Only one thing doesn’t change in markets – human behaviour

Investors expect markets to behave logically and reasonably. But they don’t. They are wildly capricious. The only way to beat them, says John Stepek, is with a well thought-out, long-term strategy.

Russia’s rocky recovery is likely to be short-lived

Russia’s economy surprised analysts by growing at its fastest pace in six years in 2018. But investors shouldn’t get too excited.

Ignore stocks’ January indicator

There is an adage that “as January goes, so does the year”. But data shows January’s market performance doesn’t actually have predictive power.

Powell’s “put” looks poorly timed

Jerome Powell went out of his way to placate liquidity-addicted markets last week. But if the US economy bounces back, the Fed may find itself having to raise rates – and very quickly too.

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