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New York Stock Exchange: Historically low levels of anxiety have confounded those who assumed an upsurge in volatility was a given in 2017. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s political travails injected some volatility into stock markets recently but 2017 has largely been a very quiet year. Prior to the Trump(...)

US president Donald Trump points to British prime minister Theresa May: both have changed direction at the first glimpse their policies may not be popular. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

A few weeks ago Donald Trump set a record that I assumed was unassailable; Theresa May has since sailed past it with ease. The leaders of the US and t(...)

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen: Reaction to  a 0.25 point interest rate  increase in the US  shows how a few sets of positive economic figures and some nudging from those in charge can change expectations – dramatically – in a matter of weeks. Photograph:  Yuri Gripas/Reuters

There is one lesson for Irish borrowers – and savers – from this week’s increase in US interest rates. It is how quickly expectations in the market ca(...)

The immediate reaction to the Fed bulletin was a fall in the US dollar. Photograph: Getty Images

US interest rates are on the rise. Little more than a month ago there was significant doubt among market analysts about whether another interest rate (...)

Janet Yellen, the Fed chair, signalled in her most recent speech that she was comfortable with the three-increase forecast released in December.

The Federal Reserve’s ultra-cautious exit from super-easy monetary policy is likely to accelerate on Wednesday as the US central bank lifts short-term(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: the Fed is due to release its latest policy statement and updated economic forecasts on Wednesday.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

The US central bank has raised short-term interest rates for the third time since the financial crisis, stepping up the pace of tightening as policyma(...)

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen said earlier this month she doesn’t believe the Fed is behind the curve on inflation. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The Federal Reserve, which has struggled to stoke inflation since the financial crisis and up until now raised rates less frequently than it and mark(...)

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

US employers added jobs at an above-average pace for a second month on outsized gains in construction and manufacturing, showing the labour market con(...)

One of the main drags on the Iseq index was a 5.8 per cent fall in bookmaking giant Paddy Power BetfairPhotograph: Paddy Power Betfair/PA

Declines in healthcare shares sent European bourses lower for a fourth day after US president Donald Trump vowed to lower the cost of medicines. In (...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right French National Front (FN), is lagging behind centrist rival Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential race. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

European stocks closed little changed, paring earlier losses as banks rallied and French shares climbed after a poll showed anti-euro, far-right cand(...)

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