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Just over three years ago, Netflix was valued at about $20bn; today, the streaming giant is worth some $145bn.  Photograph: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

Stocks have enjoyed a decent pop in recent weeks, prompting investors to hope that a durable bottom is in. Is it? Probably, says LPL Research, which i(...)

Are you “susceptible”, “infected” or “immune” to Bitcoin? Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Buy Russia. That’s according to GMO, the value investing firm headed by iconic investor Jeremy Grantham. Russian stocks were slaughtered last week, pl(...)

Bullish sentiment, as measured by the weekly American Association of Individual Investor polls, has averaged less than 37 per cent since the rally began in 2009. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Market bears insist this ageing bull market, now the second-longest in history after celebrating its ninth birthday this month, is past its sell-by (...)

Netflix has become the latest company to enjoy a market capitalisation in excess of $100 billion. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It’s official – this is the easiest stock market in history. Investing is meant to be a nerve-busting business, with stocks typically enduring unple(...)

Markets have enjoyed a very strong start to the year and the northward ascent is triggering giddiness among investors

The only thing dumber than buying into cryptocurrencies may be to bet against them. Last week, shares in Kodak more than quadrupled over a 24-hour p(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York stock Exchange. Twenty-seventeen was the first year in history that US stocks gained in every single month. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Iconic investor Jeremy Grantham may be famous for his bearish outlook, but he reckons the overvalued US stock market is about to go higher. Grantham, (...)

“The ‘Stock Trader’s Almanac’ suggests a failure to stick to the seasonal script can be an indicator further short-term pain is in store – hence the expression, ‘If Santa Claus should fail to call, bears may come to Broad and Wall.’” Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Young children and passionate seasonal investors should avert their eyes now, for the question must be asked: does the Santa Claus rally exist? The C(...)

“Pointing out the insanity surrounding bitcoin invariably catalyses apoplectic reactions from supporters protesting sceptics don’t ‘get it’.” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Writing about bitcoin can be a nightmare. By the time you’ve finished a paragraph, the cryptocurrency is likely to have experienced yet another wild p(...)

Prof Robert Shiller: a study has examined the S&P 500’s cyclically-adjusted price-earnings ratio, a widely-followed metric popularised by the Nobel economist.   Photograph: AP Photo/Jessica Hill

A record number of fund managers reckon global equities are overvalued, but they’re still loading up on stocks. Merrill Lynch’s latest monthly fund ma(...)

Despite Ryanair’s history of in-flight scratch cards, alcohol and calendars featuring scantily clad female staff,  Inspire – which invests in “companies that are blessings” – approves of the airline. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ryanair’s reputation has taken a battering lately. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority accuses it of “persistently misleading passengers” regarding rece(...)

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