A South Koren dealer works in front of monitors at the Exchange Bank in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Emerging market equities posted their largest drop in almost seven months today to lead a global stocks sell-off. Concerns about China’s economic slow(...)

In his twice-yearly report to Congress on monetary policy, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke  said the Fed’s bond- buying programme would cease by mid-2014, but stressed the plan was not set in stone. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a modest boost to stock markets around the world yesterday, by reassuring that the US central bank’s mon(...)