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Markets now perceive the Democrats as the fiscally responsible party, as evidenced by the reaction in bond markets. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The US midterm elections are over and markets are relieved, judging by the S&P 500’s 2.1 per cent gain last Wednesday – its biggest one-day post-m(...)

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(...)

September 10th, 2008. If a survey by robo-advisory firm Betterment survey is a guide, most people in Ireland have little idea the last decade was a good time to be invested in stocks. Photograph: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg News

It’s been a miserable year for emerging markets, which fell into a bear market last month, but a turning point may be at hand for a region that looks (...)

An electronic stock board. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The US bull market is alive and well, with the S&P 500 hitting more all-time highs last week, but things have been nowhere nearly as rosy in Europ(...)

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, chief executive and founder of Tesla Motors. Musk’s claim that he wants to take Tesla private to remove “distraction and short-term thinking” is ironic. File photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Elon Musk says he is “considering” taking Tesla private at $420, but investors are sceptical that he can pull it off. Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster give(...)

A monitor displays Apple Inc stock information at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on August 2nd. Apple Inc. became the first US-based company with a market value of $1 trillion, four decades after it was co-founded by Steve Jobs in a Silicon Valley garage and later revolutionized the worlds of computing, music and mobile communications. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Apple last week became the first US company to hit a $1 trillion market capitalisation, sparking the usual warnings about excessive sentiment and high(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). US stocks reached the highest since mid-March, tracking peers in Europe and Asia. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

2018 has been something of a tug of war between bulls and bears, but the recent pick-up in the US market suggests optimists are beginning to win the c(...)

Traders on the floor of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

“Fed hiking rates. Bond yields popping. Oil prices soaring. Think 1973-75. Think 1979-80. Think 1989-90. Think 1999-2000. And think 2006-07. And tell (...)

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(...)

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