Seven ways to understand the recent rollercoaster stock market

Volatility has returned to global markets. Market corrections can be scary but knowledge is always the best antidote to fear. Here are seven pointers (...)

Investors have fallen under bitcoin’s spell. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

2017 has been the year of bitcoin. In a normal year, stock market gains of 20 per cent would generate lots of excitement, but not in 2017. Instead, bi(...)

emerging and European markets have essentially gone nowhere over the last decade, during which time US stocks have doubled. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Every trader knows you should buy the dips in a bull market, but what if stocks never dip?  StockTake has previously noted the S&P 500’s big(...)

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon’s soaring stock price means he has surpassed Warren Buffett as the world’s second-richest man. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It’s one milestone after another for Amazon shareholders these days. Its soaring stock price means chief executive Jeff Bezos last week surpassed War(...)

Investor sentiment is buoyant ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States on January 20th, a survey of newsletter writers has shown. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Markets may have come too far, too fast in recent months, cautioned Morgan Stanley last week, suggesting investors take a “buy the election, sell the (...)

One reason to be cautious about buying sterling is that strongly trending markets often overshoot to the downside, resulting in cheap assets becoming (...)

Brexit: July’s half-hearted sterling rebound always resembled a dead cat bounce. Photograph: Thinkstock

Pro-Brexit zealots love to point to the rising FTSE 100 as proof that the so-called Project Fear campaign overstated the risks of leaving the European(...)

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(...)

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