The sell-off in shares on global financial markets since the new year has been triggered by increased uncertainty about the outlook for the world econ(...)

Stock indices worldwide tumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic(...)

Spot gold jumped as much as 3.6 per cent to $1,240.90 an ounce,

Gold surged nearly 4 per cent on Thursday to its highest in a year as fears about financial instability, a lower dollar and US Treasury yields persuad(...)

 A trader looks up at the board displaying the  course of the DAX stock market index  in Frankfurt

The Irish market was hit again on Thursday, with the ISEQ index of Irish shares ending the day down 2.4 per cent. It has lost more than 15 per cent of(...)

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen:   cautious assessment and emphasis on global risks marked a contrast to the more optimistic tone in December, when she hailed the Fed’s decision to raise rates. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Persistent global market turbulence could set back US growth and slow the pace of corporate hiring, the Federal Reserve chairwoman told Congress yest(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

US stocks gained on Wednesday after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said conditions in the United States would allow for “gradual” rate hikes, and(...)

A pedestrian walks past men looking at an electronic monitor displaying shares prices outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

European stocks have risen, rallying after losses in Asia, as concerns about the health of banks that have hammered shares globally in recent days eas(...)

Asian stock markets were scorched overnight after a torrid day of trading in US markets. As fear overwhelmed greed, yields on longer-term Japanese bonds fell below zero for the first time, the yen surged to a 15-month peak and gold reached its most precious since June. (Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters)

Asian share markets were scorched on Tuesday as stability concerns put a torch to European bank stocks and sent investors stampeding to only the safe(...)

 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 (...)