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.

Amazon sparks feeding frenzy in the takeaway food market

Amazon is re-entering the online takeaway market with a stake in Deliveroo – and it isn’t only rivals who should be worried. Matthew Partridge reports.

Should you invest in emerging markets right now?

Emerging markets are the place to be if you want to make the best possible returns in the future. At least, that’s been the received wisdom for a while now. But is it true?

Forget the financial crisis: it’s time to bet on British banks

Over a decade after the financial crisis, investors are still reluctant to consider British banks. But their worries are overblown and the stocks are cheap, says Matthew Partridge.

Highly concentrated markets are bad for consumers and bad for investors

Market power that’s concentrated in the hands of a few big companies is bad for consumers, bad for productivity and terrible for investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The trade war between the US and China is all about tech

With the current focus on Huawei, it’s clear that the US China trade war isn’t about tariffs, it’s about technology. John Stepek explains how it affects investors.

Mind the US earnings GAAP

For US companies, the gap between Gaap and reported earnings per share reached $19 last year, making a big difference to the perception of company profits.

The message for investors from Uber’s flop IPO

Uber’s IPO has been a disaster. That suggests private markets are even more exuberant than public ones.

The future of the gig economy

It was hailed by boosters as the future of work, but court rulings are increasingly throwing a spanner in the works. Is the gig over for platform providers? 

Trade war with China, rising tension with Iran – markets just don’t care

If markets reflected geopolitics, this week would have been brutal for stocks. But they just shrugged it off. So what’s going on? John Stepek explains what really drives markets.

Can South Africa turn the corner?

Once a darling of emerging-market investors, South Africa became mired in endless corruption scandals under former president Jacob Zuma. Can Cyril Ramaphosa turn it around?

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