Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has called a snap election in the wake of figures showing  the country has tipped into recession. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election following the release of surprise data showing the world’s third-largest economy(...)

 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 (...)

A pedestrian is reflected in an electronic board displaying various stock prices at a brokerage in Tokyo.

European stocks jumped the most in seven months and oil and southern euro zone bonds rebounded sharply today as investors poured back into beaten-down(...)

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Asian stocks stumbled to seven-month lows on Monday, while crude oil prices were pinned near a four-year trough as promising trade numbers out of Chin(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington in July. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Global stocks and commodity prices rose today, boosted by speculation the US Federal Reserve will maintain a pledge on low rates later in the day and (...)

Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park is seen through a window at last year’s Jackson Hole economic symposium. This week central bankers will head to the Kansas event, at which Federal reserve Chair Janet Yellen will deliver a speech entitled “Labor Markets”. Photograph: Price Chambers/Bloomberg

European stocks rebounded strongly and prices of top-rated bonds fell today as investors breathed easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeare(...)

Some strategists believe  that the Japanese market’s underperformance this year compared to other major markets is likely to make it appear as an attractive value play, particularly given the prospect of increased buying from the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

European stocks rose today and were on track for their biggest weekly gains since mid-February, while bond yields including Ireland’s held near record(...)

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 per cent after jumping 1.5 per cent yesterday. Japan’s Topix rose 0.5 per cent, while the Nikkei firmed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe as investors seemed to put aside geopolitical concerns, at lea(...)

The dollar, which suffered heavy losses against the yen last week after US President Barack Obama authorised air strikes in Iraq, was steady after rebounding sharply late Friday as the Ukrainian news arrested the slide in US Treasury bond yields.

European shares rose in early trade today, bouncing back from a sharp two-week slide and tracking a rally on Wall Street, after investors deemed Mosco(...)

“The most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability in interest rates,”  Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said over-night as held the country’s key interest rate steady at 2.5 per cent. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Asian stocks slipped on Tuesday after a survey showed China’s services sector growth fell to a record low, pouring cold water on the positive market (...)