Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: the dollar index fell for a fourth day on the latest batch of soft US data, which dampened expectations for US interest rate hikes this year. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Another volatile trading session saw European stocks end the day lower, although the London market rallied and made gains of more than 1 per cent. Fl(...)

The BoE’s own economic forecasts - which are based on an earlier market assumption of a rate rise in the second half of 2017 - show the weakest outlook for growth in nearly three years

The Bank of England cut its economic growth forecasts on Thursday due to a darker global outlook, and the lone policymaker who had backed a rate rise (...)

Monday’s batch of economic data from China added to worries about the health of the world’s second-largest economy and only increased calls for more policy easing from China. (Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty)

Asian stocks started a new month on a cautious note on Monday, with the Bank of Japan’s surprise policy easing sparking some buying but further signs(...)

The fear that the US, the world’s largest economy and considered the lone engine of global growth, is on the verge of recession has intensified.

Leading global economists now see a 20 per cent chance of the US falling into recession this year, and a diminishing likelihood of the Federal Reserve(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  Photograph: Reuters

European equities ended the week on a high after the Bank of Japan stunned markets on Friday by voting narrowly to introduce negative interest rates i(...)

Stocks were on track to open lower on new expectations for interest rates. Photograph: Reuters

The US economy expanded at a slower pace in the fourth quarter as households tempered spending and businesses cut back on capital investment and made (...)

Wall Street was slightly higher in volatile trading on Thursday as a decline in biotech stocks offset gains in energy shares.

Crude oil prices rose on Thursday to their highest in three weeks on hopes for a pact among oil producers to cut output, while the dollar slipped on b(...)

A man walks past the snow-covered grounds of the US Federal Reserve in Washington DC Photograph: Reuters

The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it was “closely monitoring” global economic and financial developments, but ma(...)

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(...)

Gathering for the first time after their epoch-ending decision to raise interest rates in December, the backdrop couldn’t be more different for Federa(...)