The New York Stock Exchange. Analysts in recent months have sharply cut first-quarter earnings expectation for S&P 500 companies and this has helped 75 per cent of those that have already reported to beat forecasts, against a historic average of 66 per cent, according to S&P Global market Intelligence.

Wall Street and European stocks are inching higher, while benchmark bonds are little changed, as investors exhibit caution ahead of key corporate earn(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). In a world of negative rates, he currently charges 0.4 per cent on the euros deposited by banks in his coffers overnight. (Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Japanese families seem to have a sudden affinity for home safes. According to the Tokyo-based manufacturer Eiko, shipments have doubled since last fa(...)

Pfizer chief executive Ian Read: “This deal is not just about tax benefits.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The prospect of Brexit may be nightmarish to many but one could be forgiven for thinking investors appear oddly sanguine. The FTSE has slipped in 201(...)

Oil prices edged down as investors took profits after crude soared more than 6 per cent on Friday

World markets struggled for direction on Monday, with renewed strength in the yen, government bonds and gold pointing to heightened caution among inve(...)

 Italy’s national soccer player Riccardo Montolivo during a training session at Coverciano Sports Center in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’ innocenti/EPA

As soccer fans look forward to the European championship in France this summer, investment strategists have an eye on which listed companies could pro(...)

More than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches registered almost 15,600 shell companies with Mossack Fonseca

Two global companies were under mounting pressure, and threats were flying. For years, the Swiss banking giant UBS and a Panama law firm named Mossack(...)

Mossack Fonseca’s office in Panama: Files show client roster that includes drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders - and wrongdoing galore

Mossack Fonseca & Co. had a problem in Vegas. Legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas claimed that the Panama-based law firm had(...)

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent after entering positive territory for the first time this year on Friday. (Photograph:  KAZUHIRO NOGIKAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

European shares fell on Monday, as a decline in the share prices of major mining stocks and in French supermarket operator Casino weighed on the regio(...)

Investors look at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China.

Global stocks are consolidating near 2016 highs following a big rally in which falling bond yields, stronger commodity prices and a weak dollar playe(...)

SocGen is the latest foreign owner of the 230-year-old bank yet the Kleinwort Benson brand remains uncertain as SocGen plans to integrate it with its pan-European private banking operation which includes Hambros in the UK. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Two of the oldest names in British banking are to combine after France’s Société Générale said it had agreed to buy Kleinwort Benson and merge the wea(...)