A 36.6-metre (120-foot) tall gold-colored statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong is surrounded by farmland in Tongxu County in central China’s Henan province. According to Chinese state media, businessmen and local villagers contributed nearly 3 million yuan ($457,000) to build the cement statue. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP
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Under review: NYSE traders consider the stock market which sceptics say is due a serious decline. Photograph: Brendan McDermid

The bull market in US equities is now almost six years old, with stocks having more than tripled since March 2009. Might 2015 prove to be the year tha(...)

Bears v bulls: as US markets hit new highs, bearish observers warn that a crash may be imminent but only some bearish arguments have merit. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With US markets hitting all-time highs, bearish observers are warning that another market crash – the third in the past 14 years – may be imminent.Is (...)

Bears v bulls: as US markets hit new highs, bearish observers warn that a crash may be imminent but only some bearish arguments have merit. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With US markets hitting all-time highs, bearish observers are warning that another market crash – the third in the past 14 years – may be imminent.Is (...)

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who popularised the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as an investment concept, is now making the case (...)

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Uncertainty in Syria has already hit global markets. Might a serious escalation of tensions hammer stocks?Unlikely. One famous study, What Moves Stock(...)

 George Osborne: has had his share of criticism. Photograph: PA

Being pilloried is an occupational hazard for a chancellor and George Osborne has certainly had his share of criticism, most recently for his dogged i(...)