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Analysts say the current enthusiasm for virtual currencies is being stoked by a confluence of factors. Photograph: AFP

The price of bitcoin has soared to its highest level in a year and a half, as a breathless rally in the digital asset evokes memories of the cryptocur(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Investors are uneasy over rising tensions in the Middle East. Photograph: EPA

Irish shares outperformed European peers yesterday as markets were hit by trade jitters and rising tensions over Middle East sanctions. In the US, in(...)

George Soros is among more than a dozen prominent US billionaires are calling for a new government tax on extreme wealth to help combat income inequality. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images

More than a dozen prominent US billionaires are calling for a new government tax on extreme wealth to help combat income inequality, provide funding f(...)

One gets the impression right now that markets, buoyed by the likelihood of US interest rate cuts from an increasingly dovish Federal Reserve, want to go higher. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The S&P 500 hit fresh all-time highs last week but investors aren’t excited. Far from it, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BofAML) la(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange   in New York, US. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Weak German economic data and a profit warning from Daimler hit European stock markets on Monday as investors reined in any bets on a fourth week of g(...)

Financial stocks were weaker, with Bank of Ireland closing down 0.8 per cent at €4.65 and AIB losing 2 per cent to €3.53.

European stocks advanced to six-week highs on Thursday, as dovish signals from the Bank of England and Federal Reserve combined with optimism around t(...)

ECB governor Mario Draghi this week sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the euro zone economy. Photograph: AFP

The ECB’s official interest rates are already at zero – or lower. Yet this week Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, hinted they may fal(...)

Federal Reserve chairman Jay Powell: the Fed noted that inflation continued to run below its 2% target

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady but shifted towards a more dovish stance and pointed to possible interest rate cuts in the future, citi(...)

President of the European Central Bank  Mario Draghi pointed the way to cuts in interest rates or new asset purchases if inflation does not return to target, weakening the euro, lowering European bond yields and pulling stock markets higher

US president Donald Trump has accused Mario Draghi of unfairly manipulating the euro, after dovish comments from the European Central Bank president s(...)

US president Donald Trump: took to Twitter to bash the Fed.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Donald Trump’s desire for interest rate cuts is clearly shared by investors. Markets now expect three rate cuts in 2019, a prospect which has helped d(...)

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