UK stock markets

Can the post-crisis bull market last?

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Last August the S&P’s bull market became the longest since World War II. Pundits have been predicting its end for some time now, but the economic backdrop suggests that there is no immediate reason to be bearish.

Sainsbury’s bags Asda in £7.3bn deal

A merged Sainsbury’s and Asda would pose a powerful joint challenge to Tesco. But the deal raises serious competition concerns. Alex Rankine reports.

The vultures are circling over the corpse of corporate Britain…

… but that could be good news for canny investors, says Jonathan Compton. Things can hardly be expected to get any worse, and the tidbits are looking cheap.

The charts that matter: inflation fears come creeping back

As inflation rears its ugly head again, John Stepek looks at what the charts can tell us about the way the global economy could be heading.

Chart of the week: The power of dividends

If you’d held it since 1999 and reinvested all your dividends, your money would have increased by a factor of 2.5, as the progress of the FTSE Total Return index shows.

The rout in retail stocks

High street bellwether Next is just the latest big name to hit trouble. It has made mistakes, but is also grappling with sector-wide problems. Alice Gråhns reports.

Aviva’s jab at preference shares leaves scars

A backlash has forced Aviva to think again about scrapping its preference shares – but the damage is done, says John Stepek.

This is the world’s most-hated stockmarket

There’s one asset class that global investors absolutely loathe right now – UK stocks. John Stepek explains why, and how that can give you an advantage over the professionals.

Reasons for investors to be cheerful

Merryn Somerset Webb may not be wildly bullish about equity markets, but here she channels her inner Tigger to find reasons to be positive.

Goldilocks will be bucked from the bull

Conditions have been just right for stock markets for a while. Andrew Van Sickle explains why it won’t last.

Why the UK's company pension schemes are in such bad shape

Many UK company pension schemes are deeply in deficit, and that’s having damaging effects on how corporations spend their money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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