Time to look ahead to 2019, even if you don’t want to. Photograph: Getty

Economic forecasting is a dangerous game at the best of times. But 2019 brings a particularly high level of uncertainty. There is Brexit. The possibil(...)

Italy’s likely government has spooked markets. Photograph: iStock

Volatility returned to Italy’s markets this week, amid concerns over the high-spending policies mooted by a new populist coalition government in the e(...)

The MSCI Asia Pacific Excluding Japan Index climbed 1.2 per cent to 455.3000 by 9.30am in Hong Kong, heading for the highest since September 9th.

Asian stocks outside Japan rose for sixth day, with the regional gauge heading for a two-week high, after the Federal Reserve kept US interest rates s(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the (...)

Moody’s, which gave Ireland its top Aaa grade in 1998 before the euro was introduced, cut the country’s rating to non-investment grade, or junk, in July 2011 following the financial collapse.  Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

The credit rating of the Irish Government has been raised to investment grade by Moody’s the most influential of the international credit rating agenc(...)