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.

2018 was a bad year for investors, for pretty obvious reasons

Investors had a rough 2018 with many indices ending the year in bear markets. John Stepek looks at what was behind it all, and where markets might go in 2019.

Uber IPO to be 2019’s crucial test case

The flotation of the world’s biggest ride-hailing app will be a pivotal moment for equity markets, says Matthew Lynn.

Emerging markets are the ‘buy of the decade’

Emerging markets account for most of the world’s ten worst-performing equity indices in 2018, but that doesn’t mean emerging markets in general are in crisis.

Britain is in the bargain basement

Our stockmarket has been an international pariah this year – all the more reason to snap up some deals.

Money printing turns to money burning

The latest decision on interest rates from the Fed provided no comfort to markets – indeed, it supplied the impetus for the latest sell-off.

The MoneyWeek Christmas quiz

Facebook flopped, Disney dazzled, Elon Musk picked a fight and there was a case of mistaken identity on Wall Street. How much financial news of 2018 do you remember? Try the MoneyWeek Christmas quiz.

Pharmaceutical companies ditch their consumer healthcare arms

GSK and Pfizer are merging their consumer-healthcare businesses. GSK can now concentrate on its drugs pipeline. Alex Rankine reports.

The devil collects on his deal

Quantitative easing just postponed the pain of the 2008 crisis, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And quantitative tightening could make 2018 look almost rewarding compared to 2019.

Invest in helium, biotech, and UK small caps in 2019

We asked our contributors to choose their favourite investment ideas from around the world for this year and beyond. Here’s what they came up with.

Alan Greenspan: the bull market is over

Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve, is worried that the US is heading for a period of stagflation.

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