Alan Greenspan

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There are no guarantees in markets; although the bull market may currently appear well placed to enjoy a ninth birthday and beyond, one never knows for sure. Photograph: Eightfish

Happy birthday, bull market. On Thursday, the US bull market will celebrate its eighth birthday. The second-longest rally in market history, its long(...)

 Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen: more or less confirmed   that US interest rates would rise  this month. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

There was a time when central bankers would go out of their way to say nothing at all. Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, (...)

US president-elect Donald Trump – “vulgar, abusive, anti-immigrant, misogynistic and narcissistic, and he has been elected despite this”. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Reacting on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to Donald Trump’s election as United States president on Wednesday, one commentator based in New York quoted an adag(...)

Seizing the moment: analysis shows stock market reaction to world events is hard to predict. The general logic is that it is best to hold a diversified portfolio. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Just over a month ago, British voters stunned the world by voting for Brexit. Markets tanked before staging a mighty rebound that has taken many by su(...)

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: bull and bear market cycles can be difficult to reliably identify. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Many investors are fearful that a bear market is overdue, given that the S&P 500 has more than tripled over the last seven years without once suff(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve: wrapped hints at looming rate rise in lots of caveats. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, was very used to speaking obliquely to give nothing away to the financial markets. Lege(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the  Federal Reserve, second left, speaks as Ben Bernanke, former Fed chair, second right, Paul Volcker, another former Fed chair, right, and Fareed Zakaria, CNN anchor, left, listen during the Historic Fed Chair Conversation in New York. Photograph: Bloomberg

Janet Yellen has brushed aside suggestions that the Federal Reserve’s December interest-rate increase was a mistake, as she described “tremendous prog(...)

Market ups and downs: a focus on short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is causing bubbles and crashes

Institutional investors’ obsession with short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is “not merely superfluous but wealt(...)

Former US president George W Bush. The current crop of Republicans are doubling down on his economic policies.

The year 2015 was, of course, the year of Donald Trump, whose rise has inspired horror among establishment Republicans and, let’s face it, glee, call (...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up to supporters in the crowd as Senator Bernie Sanders (left) and former Governor Martin O’Malley (3rd left) shake hands with moderators Martha Raddatz (2nd left) and David Muir (right) at the end of the the Democratic presidential candidates debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Hillary Clinton largely looked past her Democratic rivals in Saturday night’s debate, instead repeatedly assailing the Republican field, led by Donald(...)

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