NYSE trader: an emphasis on share prices and on meeting quarterly earnings expectations has led to destructive short-term behaviour by some chief executives. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

The idea that a company’s primary purpose is to enrich its shareholders is the “dumbest idea in the world”, according to high-profile GMO strategist J(...)

 A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Investors’ Intelligence poll of newsletter writers has seen the biggest fortnightly jump from bears to bulls in more than 40 years. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Where has all the fear gone? Last month, the S&P 500 was in correction mode, and the Vix, or fear index, was soaring as traders bought protection (...)

Battered image: Tesco’s auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, warned in May of the “risk of manipulation” of financial results. photograph: jeff j mitchell/getty images

The announcement that Tesco is to be investigated by the UK’s serious fraud office has once again shone a light on murky accounting practices in the c(...)

Seasonal market patterns seemingly suggest the recent market rally is just the beginning. Historically all market gains have come during over the Nove(...)

Bill Clinton (right) campaigns for Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes (left) with Kentucky governor Steve Beshear. photograph: win mcnamee/getty images

Today is midterm elections day in the United States, with continued political gridlock – a Democratic president hobbled by Republican control of the S(...)

The US Federal Reserve announced last week that quantitative easing (QE) was finally over, an event investors seem to have taken in their stride.Grant(...)

Tough times: a trader on the floor of the NYSE during recent market falls. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Pullbacks, corrections, bear markets, crashes – what’s the difference exactly? The terms are often used loosely, but a pullback denotes a brief single(...)

Warren Buffett: last week lost more than $2 billion in two days. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
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Warren Buffett, we’re told, is having a disastrous time.His Tesco shareholding has cost him dearly in recent months, while last week he lost more than(...)

Luck and risk: traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Fancy yourself as a good stock-picker? Think you can spot the next big thing and avoid tomorrow’s losers? Think again. A recent JPMorgan report highli(...)

The recent stock market mauling indicates their is obvious potential for a decent multi-week bounce, but the era of easy gains may well be ending.For (...)