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Although the rhetoric coming from the Trump administration is “pretty wild and heated”, the reality has been “pretty mild”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The escalation in global trade tensions hit stocks last week. Should investors be worried? Certainly, a proper trade war could do real damage. A 10 pe(...)

Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon argue that quarterly earnings guidance “often leads to an unhealthy focus on short-term profits”. Photograph: Donald Bowers/Getty Images

Financial markets have become too focused on the short term, according to celebrated investor Warren Buffett and JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimo(...)

Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares were back in the red on Thursday after a modest rebound on Wednesday. Italian stocks were weak following the appointment of euroscepti(...)

US president Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, following Beijing’s decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion in US goods. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/reuters

Irish, UK, US and wider European shares fell sharply on Tuesday on a global sell-off which started in Asia prompted by fears of a full blown trade war(...)

Bucking the trend, Bank of Ireland rallied 0.6 per cent to €6.70 following four days of losses, helped by an upgrade from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to “buy”

European shares fell on Monday as concern grew over the escalating protectionist standoff between China and the US, with CRH and Ryanair among heavywe(...)

Made in China. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

European and US stocks fell and bonds surged as US president Donald Trump moved his country closer to a trade war with China, while investors also wei(...)

The  Trump administration is imposing a 25%  tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium from the EU, Canada and Mexico. Photographer:  Bloomberg

What has happened? After weeks of bully and bluster, US president Donald Trump has made good on a promise to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium im(...)

The US plans to impose levies on steel and aluminium imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

The Iseq rose on Thursday, driven by CRH, and counting as a rare bright spot across Europe as the wider market was rattled by news that the US plans t(...)

President Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence examine an iconic Yellow Iron from Caterpillar. There has been much focus on the warning from Caterpillar’s chief executive  that the first quarter of 2018 might prove to be a “high watermark” for the company. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Corporate America has just enjoyed a bumper earnings season. Profits have risen by a quarter over the last year, underpinned by record high-profit mar(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/ Bloomberg

Stocks fell hard last Tuesday as US 10-year bond yields topped 3 per cent for the first time since 2014. There’s been much agonised commentary as to w(...)

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