Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay: short-sellers tend to get a bad press but their defenders point to their exposure of questionable practices at companies like Enron. Photograph: Dave Einsel/Getty Images

Short-sellers profit from market declines, something that has long ensured their unpopularity with politicians, regulators and chief executives. Napol(...)

The latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey shows concerned investors are taking the Tina approach – there is no alternative – to stocks.In F(...)

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Proinsias O’Mahony takes a look at the ups and downs of the stock market (...)

Since 2009’s market bottom, earnings have soared but actual sales growth has been relatively modest. Increased profits have been made possible by record profit margins of 9.2 per cent.  Photograph:  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

US stock markets appear dangerously overpriced, and investors should remember that “quicksilver markets can turn from tranquil to turbulent in short o(...)

The FTSE 100 recently rose above the 7,000 mark for the first time and hit a new record high, but all-time highs are common and not a sign of irrational exuberance. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Proinsias O’Mahony takes a look at the ups and downs of the stock market (...)

Stock picking: ETFs offer investors the ability to assemble a low-cost, diversified portfolio but their convenience tempts investors to partake in the trading game in which the only sure winners are the brokers and dealers of Wall Street. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

Vanguard founder and passive investing champion John Bogle sparked controversy recently when he warned investors to “beware” of exchange-traded funds (...)

Bubbly China and price-to-dream ratios The word “bubble” is grotesquely overused but Chinese equities are looking, well, bubbly.The Chinese market is (...)

With US government bonds yielding more than 2 per cent compared to infinitesimal rates almost everywhere else, investors have been busy selling euros to buy dollars. photograph: getty With US government bonds yielding more than 2 per cent compared to infinitesimal rates almost everywhere else, investors have been busy selling euros to buy dollars. Photograph: Getty

One story has dominated global market coverage in 2015: the incessant rise of the dollar. The scale and pace of the move has been remarkable. Last May(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US interest rate hikes are coming but there’s no rush to do so, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen announced last week, an unexpectedly dovish message(...)

NYSE traders: stocks can underperform for long periods.. Photograph:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

How much money should you put in global equities? Are bonds looking risky right now? Is an old-fashioned portfolio made up of equities and bonds suffi(...)