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Brent crude futures steadied near a two-week high this morning, holding around $105 per barrel.

Brent crude futures steadied near a two-week high this morning, holding around $105 per barrel as rising Middle East tensions offset concerns a(...)

Global equity markets rose and the dollar soared against a basket of currencies yesterday, reaching a near three-year peak, as speculation moun(...)

Do we have a major bond and/or stock bubble? On bonds, I’d say definitely not. On stocks, probably not, although I’m not as certain

Bubbles can be bad for your financial health – and bad for the health of the economy, too. The dotcom bubble of the late 1990s left behind many(...)

Demonstrators  against austerity in Paris at the weekend. They also called for the establishment of a  “sixth republic” with a new constitution for France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The last couple of weeks have seen an intensification of the so-called austerity debate. President Michael D Higgins, in widely publicised inte(...)

Oil rose above $100 a barrel today as an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank supported riskier assets, although a shaky global oil d(...)

Brent crude steadied under $104  a barrel this morning, holding on to most of its gains. Photo: Bloomberg

Brent crude steadied under $104 (€79) a barrel this morning, holding on to most of its gains from the previous session as investors remained ca(...)

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who have amassed a large bitcoin portfolio, in their office in New York last week. The twin brothers’ decision to go public with their position on the digital currency signals a new stage for what has been an experimental alternative to national currencies. Photograph: Agaton Strom/The New York Times

Bitcoin’s wild ride may not have been the biggest business story of the past few weeks, but it was surely the most entertaining. Over the cours(...)

Citigroup Inc reported a higher-than-expected 31 per cent rise in first-quarter profit today as it drew down loss reserves for mortgage loans, and revenue from its securities and investment banking business swelled. Photograph: Keith Bedford/Reuters

Citigroup Inc reported a higher-than-expected 31 per cent rise in first-quarter profit today as revenue from its securities and investment bank(...)

Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Reuters

The Bank of Japan will aim to double the monetary base over two years through the aggressive purchase of long-term bonds, in a(...)

A screen over the trading floor displays the final tally for the S&P 500 at the New York Stock Exchange this week. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Two words have the capacity to both make equity investors very happy and leave market-watchers fretting about the prospects of an imminent slum(...)

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