Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, speaks last week. Yellen said an improving economy has set the stage for a December interest-rate increase if economic reports continue to assure policy makers that inflation will accelerate over time. (Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Asian stocks were mixed, with Japanese and Chinese shares up, while the dollar stood at a 7-month high against its peers on Monday after robust US jo(...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has signalled that more clarity should emerge by the end of the year. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Bank of England gave no sign that it was in any more of a hurry to raise interest rates on Thursday, predicting near-zero inflation would pick up (...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England (BOE) has a chance to offer some clarity on interest rates when he presents new economic forecasts which will be scoured for clues on the timing of a possibler ate hike. (Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg)

If Mark Carney has any New Year resolutions on interest rates, Thursday is his moment to share them. As the Bank of England edges toward its first po(...)

 Federal Reserve chairwoman  Janet Yellen testifies before the House finance committee  in Washington. PhotographGetty Images

Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, said the US economy was performing well and that Fed rate-setters might consider raising rates at the(...)

Ryanair followed up this week’s news that it made €1 billion surplus in the first half of the year with strong passenger numbers for October. Its shares added 1.07 per cent to end the day at €14.66

European shares closed off their highs yesterday amid continued fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and indications from Federal Reserve cha(...)

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the Federal Reserve Bank announcment on interest rates. Photograph: Reuters

The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and in a direct reference to its next policy meeting put a December rate hike firmly(...)

We are likely to hear this week who will replace Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank.

We are likely to hear this week who will replace Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. But what type of governor are we looking for? (...)

A screen shows the risk premium figures of various European countries at the Spanish stock market in Madrid. European stocks fell as a rally failed to hold. Photograph: Paco Campos

The optimism that sent European stocks rallying on Friday was short-lived. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.5 per cent in early trading in London. Gr(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: her remarks that global weakness would not be significant enough to stop a rates rise this year removed some of the  markets   uncertainty. Photograph: Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

Markets surged higher on Friday after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said she expected the Fed to start raising rates by the end of the year.(...)

A pedestrian is watching Tokyo’s Nikkei Stock Average   and global markets information during an afternoon trading session in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

World shares fell for the fifth day running on Thursday, sliding back towards two-year lows on growing unease about global growth, while emerging mark(...)