Market ups and downs: a focus on short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is causing bubbles and crashes

Institutional investors’ obsession with short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is “not merely superfluous but wealt(...)

Inside the Federal Reserve  in Washington. Photograph:  EPA/SHAWN THEW

Anxiety regarding Federal Reserve plans caused stocks to retreat last week – or so we’re told. The Fed recently left rates unchanged and signalled two(...)

Democratic frontunner Hillary Clinton’s voting precinct leaders check final counts before her victory  by five delegates to Bernie Sanders’s four, in Simpson Barn, Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Simon Carswell

“Come on over here, I’ll give you some ice cream,” says a Martin O’Malley supporter, trying to encourage a Bernie Sanders man to defect to the long-sh(...)

To any reasonable person the names “Emmer”, “Freekeh” and “Einkorn” would suggest a trio of Scandinavian drug dealers. They are in fact the names of “(...)

Has the Chinese equity bubble burst? The question is worth asking, given the extent of recent falls. Last week, China’s tech-heavy ChiNext index fell (...)

There’s always been space in hip-hop for the dreamers and seers. The 2012 debut from Seattle duo Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons saw t(...)

Under review: NYSE traders consider the stock market which sceptics say is due a serious decline. Photograph: Brendan McDermid

The bull market in US equities is now almost six years old, with stocks having more than tripled since March 2009. Might 2015 prove to be the year tha(...)

On a high: the continued advance of equities means one influential strategist sees almost no value in the US market and precious little elsewhere.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The US stock market is “hideously expensive,” according to James Montier, an influential strategist with GMO, a global investment management firm bas(...)

Pan-European indices have advanced just 3 per cent in 2014, compared with double- digit percentage gains in the United States. Might 2015 see a revers(...)