The seven-year bull market has hung on to become the second-longest rally in S&P 500 history

CRH’s executive pay under scrutiny The so-called “shareholder spring” continues, with CRH one of many FTSE companies to come under scrutiny last wee(...)

London Stock Exchange: British stocks look cheap, says JP Morgan.  Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Emerging market woes and the possibility of Brexit have caused much angst of late, but a variety of high-profile strategists have also been urging inv(...)

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Global stocks have now fallen into bear market territory. Should investors be spooked, or are market downturns simply part and parcel of investing? Ho(...)

A man enters the old stock exchange building in central Athens. Greek stocks have suffered an almighty collapse, falling by 85 per cent since 2007. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

A lousy stock market is the least of the problems facing Greece at the moment, although the country’s long-running debt crisis has certainly hurt dome(...)

NYSE traders: stocks can underperform for long periods.. Photograph:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

How much money should you put in global equities? Are bonds looking risky right now? Is an old-fashioned portfolio made up of equities and bonds suffi(...)

Checking Japan’s Nikkei: buying unpopular stocks on the Japanese index between 1981 and 2010 returned 13.6 per cent annually, compared with a meagre 3.97 per cent for the overall market. Photograph: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

Assembling a portfolio of unpopular stocks might seem like an unconventional investing approach, but research indicates it may well be a winning one. (...)

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(...)

Will the latest market pullback be another minor “buy the dip” affair? Or is a correction, or even a bear market, on the cards? S&P 500 pullbacks (...)

Pause for thought: multiple signals indicate that the US stock market faces years of sub-par returns. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Bearish predictions of a market crash are largely hyperbolic, as we noted last week, but that doesn’t mean investors shouldn’t be concerned about valu(...)

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 (...)