Ryanair repurchased 109,000 shares yesterday as part of its plans to return €1 billion in capital to shareholders by way of a combination of share buybacks and dividends.  Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

US stocks fluctuated, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index close to a record, as a $25 billion deal to acquire Forest Labo(...)

European stocks advanced after the publication of the  US payrolls report today.  Photograph: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

European stocks advanced today, following their biggest rally in seven weeks, as investors assessed a report that showed the US economy created fewer (...)

A sensible and historically successful approach to investing begins with the belief that every asset has an intrinsic value. Before investing in an as(...)

Ben  Bernanke will chair his last meeting as head of the US  Federal Reserve today before Janet Yellen takes over.  Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Turmoil in emerging markets and a month of disappointing job growth in the US are unlikely to deter the Federal Reserve from trimming its bond-buying (...)

The euro touched the highest in almost six weeks against the dollar following a French manufacturing report. Photo: Bloomberg
Euro advances to six-week high

The euro touched the highest in almost six weeks against the dollar as a report showed French manufacturing production increased in October. The share(...)

President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve later today, administration officials said last night, ending an unusually public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world. Photograph: Mary F Calvert/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen today to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to m(...)

Comments last week from James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, saw Asian markets slip over-night over renewed concerns about the Federal Reserve’s policy stance. Photograph: David Vilder/Bloomberg

Most Asian markets slipped in over-night trading as a soft lead from Wall Street and renewed concerns about the Federal Reserve’s policy stance took t(...)

Under Janet Yellen, the committee built an internal consensus for changes. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

andJanet L Yellen told friends in recent weeks that she did not expect to be nominated as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. Although she had b(...)

Minister for finance Brian Lenihan:  took charge of the State coffers just as “the building boom was coming to a shuddering end”.

It is like a scene from another world. In New York, the Lehman bankruptcy brings the capitalist system close to collapse. Giant banks and insurers tee(...)

Stocks in Europe declined from their highest level in almost five years before Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke testifies on the outlook for the world’s biggest economy.

Stocks in Europe declined from their highest level in almost five years before Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke testifies on the outlook(...)