Apple: huge stock price gains recorded this year. Photograph:  Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images

Last January, no one predicted a global pandemic was about to clobber the world economy but that stock markets would gain anyway. Nevertheless, h(...)

 ‘US markets halved in 2000-02 and again in 2007-09, but you have to go all the way back to the 1930s to find the last time stocks more than halved in value.’ Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Markets are doomed. Again. Warnings of looming Armageddon have become routine over the last decade, so it wasn’t surprising to hear another apocalypti(...)

Scott Anthony’s ideas have gained traction lately and he is ranked as one of the top 10 global business thinkers in the prestigious Thinkers50 listing. Photograph: Alastair Fyfe

A frequently quoted survey by consulting firm McKinsey suggests that 94 per cent of executives are dissatisfied by their firm’s innovation efforts, de(...)

Project Parenthood means pouring every particle of ourselves into transforming these small humans into functioning bigger ones. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I have just passed my favourite sight in the whole of Ireland when my son calls to ask me to pick up ketchup. My favourite sight on the island – bette(...)

 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: ‘United’s assumption was there was a “causal link between Solskjær’s skill as a manager and the upturn in the team’s fortunes”.’ Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Short-term thinking, confusing skill with luck, the lure of a good story – Manchester United’s decision to appoint the unproven Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a(...)

Analysts tend to get it wrong when companies are strongly outperforming or underperforming relative to others in their sector, according to a 2013 study. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Earnings season is now under way in the United States, so market analysts will be kept busy in the coming weeks, chopping and changing their earnings (...)

Professional investors are almost twice as likely to change their behaviour after a losing streak than a winning streak, and not in a good way. Photograph: Getty Images

Investors need to be careful when they’re on a winning streak, but they need to be really, really careful when they’re on a losing streak. That’s acco(...)

Yes, most investors are awful at timing. Photograph: iStock

Investors ran for the hills as stocks plunged over Christmas, with retail sentiment surveys showing pessimism at five-year highs. Now, 20 per cent lat(...)

Les Reilly  celebrates with his neice Carly Reilly Flynn and staff Martina White and Anne Morgan at Reilly’s Daybreak shop in The Naul, Co Dublin after it emerged the shop had sold the winning €175 million-winning Euromillions ticket. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

It could be you, goes the slogan. But it’s extremely unlikely. You have far better odds of becoming a saint, giving birth to identical quadruplets or (...)

 Les Reilly, the owner of Reilly’s Daybreak Store in the Naul, north county Dublin celebrates pictured with staff and customers after selling the winning €175 million EuroMillions ticket as David Woods (left) area rep with the National Lottery sprays the champagne. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography

Why people buy lottery tickets has long been argued over by economists. More recent economic theories give fascinating insights into why people play, (...)

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