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the Fed cut interest rates to zero and “printed money” on a huge scale during the financial crisis.

Last week John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, tried to defend President Donald Trump against charges that he was grossly insensitive to the wi(...)

  Spanish stock index IBEX35 dropped 3 per cent last Wednesday – but soon recovered the following day as most Ibex 35 stocks companies have little exposure to Catalonia. Photograph: EPA/MARISCAL

There’s been surprisingly little chatter about a crucial issue facing financial markets: who will be the next chair of the Federal Reserve? Donald Tru(...)

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Irish investors are no strangers to bubbles and yet many appear drawn toward the latest potential burst. Emerging from the recent white noise surround(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. “If Trump wishes to take a small step towards establishing a reputation for judgment he should reappoint Yellen.”

The US Federal Reserve is ahead of other important western central banks, in normalising monetary policy. This has provoked lively debate. Prominent(...)

Donald Trump: the first six months of his presidency have been nothing if not dramatic. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Scandals, infighting, chaotic policymaking, a pugilistic and an isolationist approach to diplomacy that has alarmed America’s traditional allies – th(...)

New York Stock Exchange: Historically low levels of anxiety have confounded those who assumed an upsurge in volatility was a given in 2017. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s political travails injected some volatility into stock markets recently but 2017 has largely been a very quiet year. Prior to the Trump(...)

Madame Tussaud designers in London adjust a wax figure of US president-elect Donald Trump. His behaviour and policies will dictate whether more market U-turns arise. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Donald Trump’s US presidential election victory in November triggered one of the biggest post-election stock market rallies in history, but will Trump(...)

Donald Trump and Barack Obama: the Obama administration has rescued the US economy and bequeathed a sound foundation for its successor to build on

How should we assess the economic success or failure of Barack Obama’s presidency? This is a difficult question to answer. After all, the incumbent of(...)

Becoming the 11th GICS sector gives listed real estate additional prestige and prominence. S&P and MSCI, as ‘Financial Times’ columnist John Authers noted recently, “have done the Reits industry a big favour”. Photograph: iStockphoto

Once a niche investment, real estate investment trusts (Reits) have seen enormous growth in recent years, and the flow of money into the sector may b(...)

Passersby walk past in front of electronic boards showing Japan’s Nikkei share average and he  yen’s exchange rate against the dollar, sterling and the euro

Stock markets traded within sight of their highest levels this year, though there are signs that the strong rally of recent days may be running out of(...)

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