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New Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell is untested but is likely to follow Janet Yellen’s dovish script. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Are the robots to blame for the current market turbulence? A lot of commentators, including US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, seem to think so, mu(...)

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 (...)

Netflix has become the latest company to enjoy a market capitalisation in excess of $100 billion. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It’s official – this is the easiest stock market in history. Investing is meant to be a nerve-busting business, with stocks typically enduring unple(...)

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(...)

Wall Street sign in front of the NYSE. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Global stock markets had plenty to cheer in 2017, with most major international indices advancing around 20 per cent. Will the current mood of “ration(...)

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, (...)

On reflection: Some bankers say the lower estimates emerged as they thought through the implications of Brexit. Photograph: iStock

The UK’s biggest international banks are set to move fewer than 4,600 jobs from London in preparation for Brexit - just 6 per cent of their total work(...)

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(...)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: academic heavyweight whose expertise helped guide her through what has been a tumultuous decade in financial markets. Photograph: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The biggest risk facing global markets today is a mistake in monetary policy by the Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank (ECB), according to B(...)

Prof Robert Shiller: a study has examined the S&P 500’s cyclically-adjusted price-earnings ratio, a widely-followed metric popularised by the Nobel economist.   Photograph: AP Photo/Jessica Hill

A record number of fund managers reckon global equities are overvalued, but they’re still loading up on stocks. Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund ma(...)

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