Nervy stocks rise/fall One clear sign of market nerves is when correlations spike, with stocks rising and falling in unison. That’s certainly the cas(...)

Looking for a rally Global fund managers’ “unambiguous pessimism” suggests a contrarian rally may be on the cards. So says Merrill Lynch, whose latest(...)

Winners and losers: “The more often people look at their portfolios, the less willing they will be to take on risk, because if you look at it more often, you will experience more lossesm” says Richard Thaler. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In a world populated by Spock-like econs, all of us would conduct our financial affairs in a rational, self-interested manner. However, the world is p(...)

The odds of a US Fed rate increase hit 54 per cent in early August before plunging to 24 per cent three weeks later, following the sudden upsurge in volatility. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Will Fed hike rates? One question will dominate financial markets this week: will the Federal Reserve hike interest rates on Thursday? The odds of a r(...)

 The New York Stock Exchange:  last Tuesday, 499 S&P 500 stocks declined, the second-highest reading since 1996. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The ongoing angst over the global economy has led to a marked souring in market sentiment in recent weeks. Contrarians like to buy when sentiment hits(...)

Stocks have delivered average annual returns of more than 9 per cent [since 1945], but you don’t get to collect those returns if you bail out every time markets get the jitters. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Large sections of the media tend to get a little hysterical during stock market corrections, adopting a “pack up the kids” tone that aims to scare the(...)

Profiting from the market panics Market panics are unnerving, but they’re also times of great opportunity. On Monday last week, Apple – which had trad(...)

 An information board shows the decline of the German DAX to a one-year low at the stock exchange in Frankfurt: Germany’s stock markets, among other international markets, have fallen into bear markets. Photograph:  Christoph Schmidt/EPA

It has been a torrid week for global stock markets. Indices everywhere have been pummelled and volatility has gone through the roof on foot of mountin(...)

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

Google’s Sundar Pichai: it appears that seemingly minor details, ranging from a person’s economic background to whether or not he has a daughter, can be predictive of a chief executive’s tenure

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is Indian, comes from a humble background, is married, and has a daughter and a son. Readers might ask: so wh(...)