US President Donald Trump meets with China’s President Xi Jinping: Th US and China have agreed in principle to phase out tariffs imposed in the ongoing trade war.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Global stocks edged higher last week after China announced that it and the US had agreed in principle to phase out tariffs imposed in the ongoing trad(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Global stocks keep making new highs, even as falling bond yields indicate things may be getting trickier for the global economy. What gives? Stocks of(...)

 A paper from the San Francisco Fed last year found that yield curve inversions are the most reliable predictor of recession risk. Photograph: iStock

US stocks are near all-time highs after enjoying a very strong start to 2019 but worries regarding a looming recession continue to linger. The chief c(...)

The Fearless Girl and  Charging Bull statues on Wall Street in New York. Photograph: William Volcov/Getty Images

The S&P 500 fell almost 10 per cent in December alone, its worst close to a year since 1931 and its worst monthly performance since the global fin(...)

Corrections are par for the course in bull markets, but investors are understandably spooked by the scale of the selling. The S&P 500 went 28 consecutive days without registering back-to-back gains. Photograph: Getty Images

Well, that was ugly. October, that is. The S&P 500’s 6.9 per cent fall was its biggest monthly decline in seven years, while things were even more(...)

The current bull market could run for another two and a half years, according to JP Morgan. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The US bull market that began in March 2009 last week became the longest in history. Does it matter? Is age irrelevant? Or should investors be concern(...)

 Elon Musk: his paedo slur is further evidence the Tesla founder is a very thin-skinned soul who cannot stand having his judgment questioned. Photograph: Kiichiro Sato/AP

The Tesla founder didn’t take kindly to having his proposed Thai cave rescue plans dismissed by British cave diver Vernon Unsworth, responding by base(...)

It’s hard to believe there’s “no bright line level of the stock market that’s going to change policy”, as US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross put it last week. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Donald Trump isn’t going to abandon his confrontational stance on trade even if the stock market suffers, US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said last (...)

Elon Musk refused to answer “boring bonehead questions” from analysts. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters.

A Morgan Stanley analyst last week said the post-earnings conference call with Tesla’s Elon Musk was the “most unusual” he had witnessed in his career(...)

A trader passes the word on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Stock markets peaked three months ago this week and it’s been pretty stressful ever since. The S&P 500 has been marked by a serious escalation in(...)

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