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.

This election is all about Brexit – but then what?

All anyone will be voting on in the upcoming election will be Brexit. But what happens after that? What happens, for example, if Jeremy Corbyn wins?

Why Hong Kong’s protests are an urgent warning for Beijing

The protests that have shaken Hong Kong will not threaten China’s grip on power for now. But the country’s leaders will need to learn the right lessons to head off bigger problems in the future, says Cris Sholto Heaton.

Forget rate cuts – what matters most is that the Fed is still printing money

As expected, the Federal Reserve cut US interest rates. And while Fed chief Jerome Powell may talk tough, he’s still printing money. John Stepek explains what that means for markets, the US dollar, and for you.

How to steel yourself to buy at new all-time stockmarket highs

The US stockmarket has hit a new all-time high. Instinct may be telling you not to buy. But you should resist that instinct, says Dominic Frisby. New highs mean a bull market, and that’s a time to buy.

ITV takes on the streaming giants

Britbox, ITV’s new subscription video-on-demand service, will compete with Netflix and Amazon.

Investing in China: growth, innovation and profit

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Rowan Francis of the TAMAC Qilin-China Champions fund takes a long-term look at the opportunities available to investors in China.

Woodford, WeWork and the perfectly legal but morally outrageous “bezzle”

Neil Woodford and Adam Neumann have pulled off spectacular examples of the “bezzle”, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Hoodwinking investors and walking off with vast, unearned fortunes.

The charts that matter: relative calm – and a surge for Tesla

As shares in electric car group Tesla surge, John Stepek looks at the charts that matter most to the global economy.

Can Jokowi boost Indonesia?

Indonesian president Joko Widodo, known as “Jokowi”, has been sworn in for a second five-year term. He has pledged to turn his country into one of the world’s top five economies by 2045

Turkish stocks are cheap – but for a good reason

Turkish stocks are undoubtedly cheap, and very brave bargain-hunters may spy opportunity, but this market is cheap for a very good reason.

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