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.

Trade wars are a stupid idea, but it seems we’re going to have one anyway

Global markets have reacted badly to the escalation of the US-China trade war. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and what it means for your money.

Uber’s big belly flop might be good news for wider markets

Uber’s share price took a massive hit after listing on the New York Stock Exchange. John Stepek looks at what its performance tells us about the wider market.

Berkshire Hathaway: don’t bet on a Buffett bounce

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has lagged the US stockmarket for years. Don’t bet on that changing, says John Stepek.

US profit margins are motoring

Profit margins are supposed to revert to the long-term average. In the US, however, they appear to be in a structural upswing.

European stocks have room to run

The eurozone expanded at an annualised rate of 1.5% in the three months to April, and European stocks have enjoyed a robust bounce. But there’s room for more growth.

Never mind tariffs – here’s a scary thing that happened to markets this week

While investors were worrying about trade disputes and tariff hikes this week, the US bond markets threw up a nasty surprise. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and why it matters.

Can Spotify keep topping the chart?

Spotify has hit its 100-millionth paying subscriber, but can it retain the title as the world’s biggest paid music streaming platform?

China's economy falters over trade-war threat

Donald Trump’s threats to ramp up his trade war have provided a nasty shock to China’s economy and stockmarkets.

A funny smell at Kraft Heinz

The HP Sauce maker will restate earnings for three years. The group has been struggling since the merger that created it in 2015. Alex Rankine reports.

Investors beware: central banks won’t be able to prop up markets forever

Markets have grown complacent, expecting central banks to shield them from any upheaval. But in these volatile times that’s a dangerous assumption, says John Stepek. The world is changing and you need to be ready.

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