P Morgan Chase HQ in  New York. JP Morgan says stocks tend to rise more when repurchases are announced than when the transactions actually occur. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

A variety of concerns – rising interest rates and inflation, trade wars, geopolitical tensions, turbulence in the technology sector – have shaken stoc(...)

A trader passes the word on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Stock markets peaked three months ago this week and it’s been pretty stressful ever since. The S&P 500 has been marked by a serious escalation in(...)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: Donald Trump’s tweets have hit Amazon’s share prices. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco

Donald Trump is usually a cheerleader for higher stock prices, but not in the case of Amazon. No fan of Jeff Bezos (the Amazon founder owns the anti-T(...)

 Facebook stock  dipped below its 200-day moving average last week. Photograph: AFP

Last week was a deeply unpleasant one for Facebook shareholders, with the stock losing over $60 billion (€48.65 billion) in market value following its(...)

Yields between 2 and 3 per cent represent the “sweet spot” for stocks, Merrill Lynch cautioned in a report last week. Photograph: iStock

Stocks have rebounded nicely since the heavy selling in early February, recently enjoying their biggest weekly gain in five years. But last Wednesday’(...)

Is this finally bear market time? Photograph: iStock

February’s market correction was a decidedly rapid affair, with the S&P 500 enduring its fastest-ever double-digit decline from an all-time high b(...)

Seven ways to understand the recent rollercoaster stock market

Volatility has returned to global markets. Market corrections can be scary but knowledge is always the best antidote to fear. Here are seven pointers (...)

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(...)

“Pointing out the insanity surrounding bitcoin invariably catalyses apoplectic reactions from supporters protesting sceptics don’t ‘get it’.” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Writing about bitcoin can be a nightmare. By the time you’ve finished a paragraph, the cryptocurrency is likely to have experienced yet another wild p(...)

Pedestrians  reflected in a stock market indicator board in Tokyo, November 2017. Photograph: Epa/Franck Robichon

The ongoing global stock market rally has lifted Japanese stocks to their highest level in 25 years. Put another way, if you’d bought the Japanese ind(...)

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