‘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 (...)

A  deluge of data from China in coming weeks is likely to point to further weakness in the world’s second-largest economy, reinforcing expectations that Beijing will roll out more stimulus measures to ward off a sharper slowdown. (Photograph: China Daily/Reuters)

European shares paused on Monday after their strong start to the fourth quarter while the dollar dipped towards three-week lows, with investors uncon(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: airline  ended the day 1 per cent down at €12.55. Photograph:  Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

European shares rose to a one-month high on Friday after making their biggest weekly gain since January as mining stocks gained and hopes grew that (...)

Federal Reserve building  in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The dollar fell and US stocks climbed on Thursday night after the Federal Reserve indicated the central bank won’t be in a hurry to remove stimulus. W(...)

IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is flanked by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti and Thomas Helbling of the IMF’s research department during a media briefing on the world economic outlook during its annual meeting in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

China’s slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the Inter(...)

The Federal Reserve: the IMF urged it to wait until next year to raise rates for the first time in almost a decade

The International Monetary Fund has warned that emerging economies and bond markets need to prepare for an increase in corporate failures if and when (...)

Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. European shares drifted lowe on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks drifted lower after earlier reversing a bigger drop, signalling a lack of conviction among investors. UK shares fell on Tuesday, the(...)

 Tokyo’s Nikkei lost 1.2 per cent on caution ahead of impending announcements including Wednesday’s Japan industrial production, Thursday’s China Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and U.S. non-farm payrolls on Friday. (Photograph: KIMIMASA MAYAMA)

Asian shares skidded to 3-1/2-year lows and the dollar sagged on Tuesday, pulled down by sharp losses on Wall Street after weak Chinese data rekindle(...)

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.(...)