The current bull market could run for another two and a half years, according to JP Morgan. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The US bull market that began in March 2009 last week became the longest in history. Does it matter? Is age irrelevant? Or should investors be concern(...)

Oil prices have risen some 50 per cent over the last year – the 11th biggest price spike in the last 70 years. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Surging oil prices are attracting the attention of investors, with UBS the latest bank to debate what a $100 oil price would mean for the global econo(...)

Amid the ongoing agonising about US inflation and the interest rate outlook,  stocks are enjoying a very fine earnings season. Photograph: Getty Images

The herd instinct is alive and well, judging by the latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey. In recent months, the percentage of fund manager(...)

The very long bull market shows no signs of letting up. Photograph  Spencer Platt/Getty

Animal spirits appear to be stirring in financial markets, with the S&P 500 enjoying its best start to a year since 1999. For many investors, the (...)

Graffiti at the site of the new £355 million Royal Liverpool Hospital, which was being built by Carillion: Many  are to blame for the Carillion debacle, but short sellers are not among them. Photograph: Pat Hurst/PA

There’s no shortage of commentators administering the last rites to bitcoin, which has more than halved recently following a crackdown by internationa(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York stock Exchange. Twenty-seventeen was the first year in history that US stocks gained in every single month. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Iconic investor Jeremy Grantham may be famous for his bearish outlook, but he reckons the overvalued US stock market is about to go higher. Grantham, (...)

Bitcoin’s advance dwarfs all but one bubble in financial history – the Dutch tulip mania in the 17th century. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The cryptocurrency craze is getting crazier. The price of bitcoin, under $1,000 a year ago, hit $6,000 in mid-November and had crossed yet another maj(...)

US president Donald Trump and US vice president Mike Pence: investors seemed underwhelmed by Trump’s tax cuts. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Technology stocks have just suffered another week of underperformance, prompting much chatter as to whether investors are having second thoughts about(...)

Harry Redknapp has joined the cryptocurrency party, tweeting last month: “proper excited about Mobile Cryptocurrency!” Photograph:  Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

The world’s biggest technology stocks keep getting bigger and bigger. Has the market become too dependent on a handful of high-flyers? Recent blowout (...)

Donald Trump: The 1,000-point thresholds “continue to drop like flies these days”, noted Bespoke Investment Group. This was the fifth such crossing since Trump’s election win last November. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Last week marked the 30th anniversary of Black Monday, when stocks suffered their biggest one-day plunge in history. There were the usual warnings reg(...)

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