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A trader makes a phone call outside the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Johannes EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Rising stock prices in the face of declining earnings means US valuations are on the rise. The Russell 1000’s price-earnings ratio is up over nine poi(...)

Fewer than 1 per cent panicked and sold all of their stocks. Photograph: iStock

Huge first-quarter losses followed by huge second-quarter gains means the S&P 500 fell only 2.7 per cent in the first half of the year. That small(...)

It’s not easy to amass a cash fund these days. If you’re lucky enough to have done it, be sure to read the fine print. Photograph: iStock

Having enough cash on hand to pay the bills is always a good idea. But in an economic crisis like this one, with millions unemployed and thousands of (...)

A report from investment management firm Neuberger Berman detailed how the company uses such non-traditional data. Photograph: iStock

Thinking is expensive, and you often don’t get what you pay for. That, more or less, is why actively managed funds have such trouble matching the retu(...)

A trader on the trading floor of  the New York Stock Exchange. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Ordinary investors are generally seen as the “dumb money” – panicky, emotion-driven souls who buy in the good times only to bail out in the bad times(...)

Market advances tend to be relatively slow, steady affairs that build over time, but declines are often rapid and violent.   Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Stock markets have taken a pounding since coronavirus swept across the world. Adopting a “keep calm and carry on” attitude isn’t easy when you’re cont(...)

Most strategists agree that the US, driven by surging growth from technology stocks such as Apple and Amazon, has earned its leadership role. Photograph: Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

The soaring US stock market has led the world over the past 10 years, but a growing number of strategists are cautioning that the 2020s may prove to b(...)

Taking stock. Year after year over the last decade, predictions of an imminent return to form have been dashed. Photograpjh:  Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images

Value investing – buying cheap stocks in the hope of buying low and selling high – has been a winning strategy for most of the last century. However, (...)

A scene from The Big Short (2015)

Michael Burry, the hero of The Big Short movie who became famous for his prescient bets against the US housing bubble, says financial markets are now (...)

A major push towards legalisation here may come from US and Canadian cannabis corporations who view Ireland as a jump-off point into the EU market. Photograph:  Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

It is inevitable that cannabis will be legalised in Ireland in the coming years. It may take five years or even longer for the prohibition to be fully(...)

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