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

After weeks of indecision, the S&P 500 staged a breakout last week following rising optimism on the outlook for US-China trade talks. Since plung(...)

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 (...)

Apple is up almost 50%  since July, meaning Levoff has seemingly missed out on millions of dollars in gains. Photograph:  EPA/Franck Robichon

Global stocks have enjoyed a double-digit percentage gain since Christmas, but fund managers remain decidedly cautious judging by Merrill Lynch’s late(...)

Vanguard founder John Bogle, who died last week aged 89. He launched the first index fund for ordinary investors in 1976. Photograph: Ryan Collerd/New York Times

Ordinary investors lost their greatest champion last week with the passing of Vanguard founder John Bogle. Bogle (89) was a “hero” who did more for Am(...)

“Market forecasts are particularly tricky. No one can see the future – the world is inherently uncertain and surprising things will happen.” Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

“Forecasting: the attempt to predict the unknowable by measuring the irrelevant; this task employs most people on Wall Street.” The words of Jason Zw(...)

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(...)

Stock markets have always been volatile, but the suddenness of the recent correction   took many by surprise. Photograph: Getty Images

The recent stock market volatility has unsettled investors. Should they be worried by the recent spike in volatility? Is it better to ignore the marke(...)

US indices have hit multiple all-time highs this year and the nine-year bull market remains intact, recent weakness notwithstanding.

Professional investors are bearish but the kind of panic seen at major stock-market bottoms remains absent, according to Merrill Lynch’s latest monthl(...)

US president Donald Trump continues to overestimate his importance to the stock market. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

The ongoing US bull market became the longest in history last week, but it seems ordinary investors barely noticed. Stocks had been closing in on Jan(...)

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