One bond-market metric already suggests consumer prices will drop in the next year. (Photograph: Atisha Paulson/Bloomberg)

Bond investors can be a gloomy bunch, glass- half-empty types who see bad news everywhere. But they haven’t been this downbeat about growth and infla(...)

In the US, almost $92 billion was withdrawn from active funds last year, while passive funds attracted inflows of $156 billion. In the UK, money flowed into passive funds but more than $17 billion was pulled from active funds. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

If you can’t beat the market, track it. That’s the stance increasingly being taken by ordinary investors who, disillusioned by fund managers’ horrific(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

While “buy low, sell high” is an investing adage, others caution against trying to catch a falling knife and recommend a “buy high, sell higher” appro(...)

Fyffes’s executive chairman  met with several large institutional shareholders of Chiquita, in an effort to convince them that the merger would be a better long-term bet for the US company than the rival cash bid from companies associated with Joseph Safra and José Luis Cutrale.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

David McCann, the executive chairman of the banana distributor Fyffes, travelled to the US this week to appeal directly to major Chiquita shareholders(...)

According to Tapestry Networks, at a conference a member of Nestlé’s executive board, David Frick, “talked about a programme to invite its largest shareholders to meet with the chairman . . . He said shareholders had either declined or simply didn’t turn up to the meetings.” Photograph: EPA/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini

What if lawmakers never spoke to their constituents? Oddly enough, that’s exactly how corporate America operates. Shareholders vote for directors, (...)

A female trader signals an offer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. A 2005 Merrill Lynch study found women were less interested and knowledgeable on investing than men. However, they made fewer mistakes, and were less likely to repeat those they did make. photograph: scott olson/getty image

When it comes to investing, the cliché that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has more than a little truth in it. Despite (or perhaps because(...)

The indication by the US Federal Reserve that it was considering a reduction in the rate at which it would expand its balance sheet had a dramatic effect on emerging economies

The most sobering lesson of the global financial crisis was that developments expected to increase resilience – the “originate and distribute” model o(...)

The founder of Dell sought this week to negotiate a surer path to victory for his takeover effort, offering a small increase in price in exchange for (...)

Dell chief executive Michael Dell who awaits a vote over his $24.4 billion buyout offer on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Dell postponed a shareholder vote on its chief executive’s $24.4 billion buyout offer to Wednesday after failing to get enough support to seal the dea(...)