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Oil traders work in the crude oil futures pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent oil futures rose above $103 a barrel today and are set for the first monthly rise in five months. Photograph: Stephen Hilger/Bloomberg News

Brent crude oil futures rose above $103 a barrel today and are set for the first monthly rise in five months, after comments from Federal Reserve gove(...)

Chief executive Myles Lee (left)  and chairman Nicky Hartery at the CRH agm, held in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in May. The building materials group was down slightly yesterday by 0.03 per cent to €15.55. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

World equity markets and bonds gained yesterday, showing further signs of stabilising from a dramatic sell-off as investors’ view strengthened that ma(...)

Borrowing costs rose at sales earlier this week of Italian zero-coupon and short-term bill auctions earlier this week.

Italy’s five- and 10-year debt costs edged up to a three-month high at an auction today, echoing the rise seen in the yields of shorter-dated debt aft(...)

Disappointing US growth figures could weigh on the Federal Reserve which was considers whether the economy is strong enough for it to start scaling back its monetary stimulus. Pictured is Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/The New York Times.

US economic growth was more tepid than previously estimated in the first quarter, held back by a moderate pace of consumer spending, weak business in(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

The European Central Bank is ready to take fresh action when needed but its monetary policy cannot create real economic growth, which governments need(...)

A police officer guarding the Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC: the challenge in unwinding current policies is not technical. As Fed chairman Ben Bernanke explained in February 2010, exit from quantitative easing and bloated central bank balance sheets is technically straightforward. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Since the beginning of May, monetary policy has undergone a substantial tightening. This has taken the form of a rise in the yield on the bonds of hig(...)

Yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note last week jumped by the biggest percentage in a decade as US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank might scale back its bond-buying. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

The recovery in global banks’ balance sheets is under threat from a surge in bond yields, according to senior bank executives and analysts.Banks have (...)

Oil prices have dropped more than $6 from last week’s high to yesterday’s three-week low. Photo: Bloomberg

Brent crude slipped below $101 a barrel this morning, as fears of a liquidity crunch in China and the US Federal Reserve’s plans to roll back its stim(...)

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks to the press following the Fed’s two-day policy meeting  in Washington last week. Jason Reed/Reuters

For the most part, Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve have been good guys in these troubled economic times. They have tried to boo(...)

Chinese shares dragged Asian markets lower with investors worried about Beijing’s economic and financial stability. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese shares dragged Asian bourses to a fresh nine and a half month low as investors, worried about Beijing’s economic and financial stability and m(...)

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