Parity no one-way bet With the Federal Reserve about to finally hike interest rates and the ECB expected to announce further easing measures in Europe(...)

A slide in oil and commodity prices has weighed on smaller energy producers, primarily in the US, as big Opec producers continue pumping crude to maintain market share. (Photograph: YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Global debt defaults near milestone

Global debt markets are on the cusp of an unwelcome development with the number of companies defaulting on their obligations set to reach the century(...)

Japan’s Nikkei ended a choppy session with a 0.2 per cent gain, after a long weekend. Markets were closed for a national holiday on Monday. (Photograph: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA)

Asian shares struggled on Tuesday after a healthcare mega-merger failed to impress Wall Street, while the dollar took a breather from its run to 8-mo(...)

Pfizer is expected to secure formal board approval for its acquisition of Allergan for more than $150 billion, creating the world’s biggest drug maker. (Photograph: Tom Bergin/Reuters)
Euro sags to seven-month low

The euro sagged to a seven-month trough on Monday as the prospect of more policy easing in Europe benefited the US dollar, while activity in Asian sh(...)

Ryanair enjoyed good activity on Thursday but was a bit quieter on Friday as well as marginally weaker

Tourism stocks continue to lag after the terror attacks in Paris last week and in Mali on Friday, while airline stocks also came under pressure. Trade(...)

Comments from ECB president Mario Draghi sent the euro down half a percent to less than $1.07 on Friday after two days of gains.

Comments from ECB president Mario Draghi sent the euro down half a percent to less than $1.07 on Friday after two days of gains which dealers now put (...)

The minutes show policymakers discussed the underlying potential of the US economy. Photograph: AFP

A solid core of Federal Reserve officials rallied behind a possible December US rate hike at the central bank’s last policy meeting, but central banke(...)

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. European shares are lower today as investors await the latest developments in Paris

European investors edged back into safer assets on Wednesday as a shootout between French police and militants suspected of involvements in the Paris(...)

Pedestrians are reflected on a share prices board in Tokyo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The notion of a “savings glut” helps explain the ultra-low real interest rates we have seen since the global crisis of 2007-09. But the idea of “secul(...)

Janet Yellen, chairman of the US Federal Reserve: Recent strong jobs numbers mean a December rate hike now looks a safe bet. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Investors have spent 2015 fretting as to whether the Federal Reserve would finally raise US interest rates and if so, when. Less attention has been pa(...)