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Drama at Debenhams

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The outlook at department store group Debenhams is dismal, while Mike Ashley, who owns 30% of it, has been putting his oar in. Matthew Partridge reports.

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 really scares markets about the latest Brexit mess

Theresa May’s postponement of the Brexit vote has increased the chances of no deal. That’s rattled the markets. But it wouldn’t be the worst outcome. John Stepek outlines the markets’ biggest fear.

Why America is still king

The global economic dominance of the US was supposed to be fading by now. But it’s just not happening, says Matthew Lynn.

The charts that matter: introducing the terrors of the yield curve

The inverted yield curve is the latest spectre to terrify financial markets. John Stepek explains what t is, and looks at the rest of the charts that matter most to the global economy.

The FTSE 100 has gone nowhere in nearly 20 years. That’s tempting

The FTSE 100 is at its cheapest for two years. It’s made no capital gains for almost 20. And while it could get a lot cheaper, says John Stepek, it’s looking like good value.

Brazil’s economic hopes on Bolsonaro’s shoulders

Global investors seem thrilled at the prospect of Jair Bolsonaro taking over the Brazilian presidency. But the optimism looks wildly overdone.

Has Glaxo paid too much for Tesaro?

Pharma giant Glaxo is going back to basics by buying biotech company Tesaro. But was the $5bn price tag too steep? Matthew Partridge reports.

China-US trade truce boosts stocks

The world’s stockmarkets cheered the news that China and the US had called a ceasefire in their trade war. But we’ve been here before.

How to keep your head in markets when all around are losing theirs

With markets having such a brutal time of it at the moment, you may feel an irresistible urge to “do something”. John Stepek explains why you shouldn’t.

The market reaction to the French riots goes a long way to explaining them

The “yellow vests” riots in France have met with a typically Gallic shrug from the country’s stockmarket. That’s very telling indeed, says Dominic Frisby.

This signal is the closest you’ll get to a sure thing in economics

Most economic indicators are flaky at best. But the “inverted yield curve” is uncannily accurate – and we’re heading for one now. John Stepek explains what it means for you.

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