A Total petrol  station in Paris. It could be a difficult year for many oil producers, according to Fitch Ratings, which estimates the aggregate earnings of seven major oil companies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region will fall 22 per cent in 2016.

Stocks are struggling to make headway and bond prices are firmer as a rising dollar and weaker oil prices provide an excuse for a breather after Wall (...)

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange. European trading has been affect by the attack in Belgium. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

European shares fell on Tuesday with travel and leisure stocks leading the market lower after attacks at Brussels airport and in the city’s metro sys(...)

The Tokyo stock exchange. The latest global stock market rally is running out of steam as oil prices see more volatility and investors once again seek “safety” in gold and the yen.

The latest global stock market rally is running out of steam as oil prices see more volatility and investors once again seek “safety” in gold and the (...)

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province

Chinese economic growth fell to 6.9 per cent in 2015, its lowest level in 25 years, matching expectations but adding to a picture of slowdown in the w(...)

Gold prices are on the up but may drop to about $955 in the fourth quarter and average around $1,000 over the full year according to estimates. Photograph: Bloomberg.

It’s been a scary start to 2016 for global markets and investors are responding by buying more gold than at any time in the past year. In the past fi(...)

Euro zone core inflation unexpectedly slowed in November, offering yet another argument for the European Central Bank to ease policy on Thursday as price growth looks set to stay below its target for years to come. Photo: Bloomberg

Euro zone core inflation unexpectedly slowed in November, offering yet another argument for the European Central Bank to ease policy on Thursday as p(...)

A screenshot from the Monty Python-esque video ‘Song of Shisanwu’ featuring Chinese president Xi Jinping

At first glance, it’s hard to know whether the video is something achingly ironic or something hilariously funny that hipster pranksters somehow sneak(...)

 China’s economic growth eased to 6.9 per cent in the third quarter from a year earlier, beating expectations but still the slowest since the global financial crisis, putting pressure on policymakers to roll out more support measures as fears of a sharper slowdown spook investors. (Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters)

China’s economic growth dipped below 7 per cent for the first time since the global financial crisis on Monday, hurt partly by cooling investment, ra(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney who has claimed China’s economic problems are “unlikely” to derail plans to raise interest rates in the UK. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Bank of England said on Thursday its rate-setters felt the threat to the world economy from China’s stock-market slump did not signal a slowdown f(...)

Overheating: an investor cools herself as she monitors share prices at a securities firm in Shanghai. China’s key indices lost a fifth of their value and wiped out nearly all of this year’s gains in six days. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

In January this year, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, who is responsible for steering the world’s second largest economy through increasingly choppy water(...)