Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman.  Photograph: Reuters Ethan Miller

Investors need to become more discriminating when investing in technology start-ups, following recent “over-enthusiasm” in Silicon Valley, according t(...)

A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Bloodied bank stocks 2016 is shaping up to be a difficult year for investors in bank stocks. Credit Suisse shares plunged to a 24-year low last week (...)

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

Hedge funds prove to be a suckers’ bet Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates has replaced George Soros as the all-time top-earning hedge fund manager, a(...)

A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sell on the bounce Market sentiment may be awful but investors are not yet “max bearish”, indicating any bounces should be sold. So says Merrill Lync(...)

‘Valuations aside, market history does not suggest rising rates need prove disastrous for stocks.’ photograph: getty

The US Federal Reserve decided last month to leave interest rates on hold while signalling it expects to raise rates sooner rather than later – 13 of (...)

The odds of a US Fed rate increase hit 54 per cent in early August before plunging to 24 per cent three weeks later, following the sudden upsurge in volatility. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Will Fed hike rates? One question will dominate financial markets this week: will the Federal Reserve hike interest rates on Thursday? The odds of a r(...)

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, who have been married for 21 years. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

To be a billionaire, the first thing you need is a personality disorder.That is what I had always assumed, based on my own experience of having interv(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US interest rate hikes are coming but there’s no rush to do so, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen announced last week, an unexpectedly dovish message(...)

European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici: doing his best to keep out of the limelight. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

There was no shortage of conversation-starters in Davos yesterday – “quantitative easing” was the magic phrase on everyone’s lips as they awaited news(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said he would “like to think” the European Central Bank could be independent of pressure from euro zone member states w(...)