Pfizer chief executive Ian Read: “This deal is not just about tax benefits.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The prospect of Brexit may be nightmarish to many but one could be forgiven for thinking investors appear oddly sanguine. The FTSE has slipped in 201(...)

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump. Photograph: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Market rally continues to broaden After a torrid start to 2016, global equities have bounced nicely, recouping more than half this year’s losses since(...)

A specialist trader works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Are emerging markets the trade of the decade? Emerging markets are stuck in bear market territory and have endured years of underperformance, but they(...)

Rain storm outside the New York Stock Exchange: declines are part of investing in stocks. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

It’s easy to feel a bit foolish during a bear market, especially when the “I told you so” brigade point out how you could have protected your portfoli(...)

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Global stocks have now fallen into bear market territory. Should investors be spooked, or are market downturns simply part and parcel of investing? Ho(...)

Wall Street strategists are as likely to underestimate bull markets as they are to overestimate bear markets. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wall Street strategists expect stocks to climb next year, although many expect returns to be muted, while precious few are pounding the table for equi(...)

A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Merger record signals maturing bull run This year has been a record year for global mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. Might this indicate ma(...)

Workers at an Amazon warehouse: the company, one of the so-called four ‘fang stocks’, is a major reason why the S&P 500 was in the black in 2015.  Photograph: REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The S&P 500 is in danger of recording its first calendar year loss since 2008, with a handful of high-flying technology stocks keeping the index a(...)

Nervy stocks rise/fall One clear sign of market nerves is when correlations spike, with stocks rising and falling in unison. That’s certainly the cas(...)

Stocks have delivered average annual returns of more than 9 per cent [since 1945], but you don’t get to collect those returns if you bail out every time markets get the jitters. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Large sections of the media tend to get a little hysterical during stock market corrections, adopting a “pack up the kids” tone that aims to scare the(...)

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