A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street was higher in early evening trading on Monday, helped by a rise in financial and consumer discretionary stocks.

European shares edged up on Monday after sharp declines in the previous session, with German shares outperforming the broader market after a positive (...)

Statoil jumped 6.1 per cent after Norway’s biggest oil company unexpectedly posted a profit

Energy companies pushed European equities up for a second day running, amid better-than-estimated earnings reports and news of oil reaching $45 a barr(...)

The Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, Argentina. A market pariah since a 2001 default, Argentina was welcomed back to the club of borrowing nations on Tuesday with one of the largest order books ever seen for an emerging markets bond. (Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)

Argentina made a triumphant return to the international bond markets on Tuesday, launching a bigger-than-expected $16.5 billion (€14.6 bn)offering tha(...)

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(...)

One of the most expensive paintings sold at the Ganz auction was Picasso’s Women of Algiers, version O. It’s one of a celebrated series of 15 paintings Picasso made in the mid-1950s. In addition to “O,” the Ganz auction featured versions “M,” “H,” and “K.”

After a chance discovery, the grandson of a Jewish art dealer learned that a valuable painting he believed the Nazis had looted from his grandfather m(...)

 Frank Flannery: “absolutely confident” he never signed a letter from Joe Holden of Bank of Ireland in relation to a  Jersey account.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Spare a thought for Frank Flannery. He wakes up one morning and everything he took for granted has changed. The mortgage he took out in 1996 to buy a(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

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 Panana. The firm has branches in Hong Kong, Miami, Zurich and more than 35 other places around the globe . The firm is one of the world’s top creators of shell companies, corporate structures that can be used to hide ownership of assets.

A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vlad(...)

The Panama Papers lift the lid on how offshore companies are used by the global elite to conceal the ownership and control of assets and property wor(...)