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US president Donald Trump may view trade threats as a way of getting the rate cuts he craves, but this would be a pyrrhic victory if China accepts an economic downturn in order to hurt his election prospects. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Stock markets have been very volatile since the latest escalation in the US-China trade war. Unfortunately for investors, tensions look increasingly l(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: playing with fire on sterling. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images

“People who bet against Britain,” Boris Johnson said after becoming prime minister, “will lose their shirts.” Markets think otherwise, as evidenced (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/reuters

Ordinary investors are committing a multitude of investment sins, judging by a recent Schroders survey that polled over 25,000 people from 32 countrie(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The cryptocurrency market is notorious for manipulative activity. Investors should stay sceptical.

Is bitcoin back? Below $4,000 (€3,582) just two months ago, the cryptocurrency topped $8,000 on Monday last week after soaring 26 per cent during one (...)

The old “sell in May and go away” adage invariably does the rounds at this time of year. So is it good advice? Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

US indices hit all-time highs last week for the first time in seven months, but investor euphoria remains conspicuous by its absence. The title of a B(...)

The S&P 500 posted double-digit gains in the first quarter after three consecutive monthly advances, something that might unnerve cautious types who assume what goes up, must come down. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/File photo

Market rallies can sometimes be testing affairs, with indices lurching about wildly in both directions, but the lack of volatility means investors hav(...)

After a near 10-year rally, is a bear market looming for US stocks? Photograph: iStock

The longest US bull market in history has been looking shaky recently. October was the worst month since November 2008 for the tech-heavy Nasdaq index(...)

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(...)

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