Battle of Congressional budget accounting

Modelling the financial impact of legislation is a political hot potato, says Stephen Foley

The trouble with predicting the end

Jonathan Davis is struggling to guess how long the bull market has left to run

An unholy alliance in share buybacks

Shareholder activists and chief executives are often the only winners, says John Plender

Make a beeline for the tales of woe

Contrarians and deep-value investors need a strong stomach, says James Mackintosh

Activist animals for governance jungle

The record on stewardship is hardly impressive, says John Plender

Not the end of the 401(k) as we know it

New fiduciary standards for US pensions should be welcomed, says Stephen Foley

Bonds have forgotten Buffett’s first rule

In fixed income, fingers everywhere are crossed, finds John Plender

Screeching U-turns on bonds and dollars

The biggest bet in the world has gone into reverse, says James Mackintosh

Freakish price insensitivity drives bonds

The concept of efficient markets looks ever more eccentric, says John Plender

Can shareholders have too much democracy?

Proxy access would be a chance to make boardrooms less male, pale and stale, writes Stephen Foley

Arbitrage in the electronic jungle

John Plender finds a marketplace fragmented by computerised reactions to short-term price movements

Iceland and Pink Floyd on money

James Mackintosh finds the debate about the structure of the financial system is heating up again

Currency markets are treacherous places

Central banks are being forced to rely on currency depreciation to loosen monetary policy, says John Plender

Alchemy of ETF liquidity is an illusion

Stephen Foley studies the apparently miraculous transformation of deeply illiquid credit instruments

The bookmakers’ guide to the election

The forthcoming UK vote poses a particular challenge for pundits, writes Jonathan Davis

Life expectancy of eurozone QE shrinks

The ECB has made its move just when the economy appears to be on the turn, says John Plender

Why Pratchett was right on central banks

The late author’s fantasy finds life in US economy, writes James Mackintosh

Demographic change will test bond market

Age structure has an important impact on levels of saving, which affects market prices

The Buffett duck flaps its wings

Stephen Foley looks back at the Oracle of Omaha’s early advice

The wages of sin is outperformance

Is it fair to classify scandal-riven banks as the market’s new sinners, asks Jonathan Davis