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    Beware of the Fed’s guidance

    Ceteris paribus is one of the most dangerous phrases in investing. All else equal, higher central bank interest rates are...

  2. September 21, 2014

    Private equity: changing the game

    It should be boom time for firms specialising in leveraged buyouts. They have plenty of cash – a record high of $465bn in...

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  1. The Connected Europe

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  1. September 21, 2014

    The glaringly obvious guide to the next crash

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to explaining market crashes. Six times in the past 50 years US...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Dollar reaches six-year high versus yen

    Foreign exchange markets refocused on dollar strength as signs of a more hawkish bias among Federal Reserve policy makers...

  3. September 19, 2014

    Bond markets ‘join the dots’ on Fed rates

    Forecasting interest rates can be a humbling business. Just ask the ranks of Wall Street economists who predicted much...

  4. FT Alphaville

    September 19, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - We are a camera, the rise of GoPro. - “Obama’s neglect of Federal Reserve appointments is, in some...

  5. September 18, 2014

    Fed punishes Santander unit over dividend

    The US Federal Reserve issued an enforcement action against Banco Santander’s US subsidiary for paying a dividend without...

  6. September 18, 2014

    Yellen charts a smooth course to normality

    In addition to setting optimal interest rates, a central bank governor must avoid sowing confusion. On both counts Janet...

  7. September 18, 2014

    Santander: dividend dilemma

    Spain’s Banco Santander has had a rap on the knuckles from the Federal Reserve, which says that its US consumer finance...

  8. September 18, 2014

    Investors shun US inflation bonds

    Investors are shunning US inflation bonds as a stronger dollar and lower commodity costs negate the need for owning...

  9. September 18, 2014

    Chinese demand for gold slumps

    Demand for gold in China slumped in the first half of the year as retail consumers continued to digest opportunistic...

  10. September 18, 2014

    Europe shows negative interest rates not absurd – and might work

    Imagine borrowing money – but paying back less than the original sum. Absurd? Welcome to the new world of continental...

  11. September 18, 2014

    Bond markets clash with Fed on rates

    Investors can sometimes be caught out by the subtle nuances within Federal Reserve policy statements. But forecasts of...

  12. September 18, 2014

    S&P 500 hits record high after Fed update

    Thursday 21:10 BST. US stocks hit record highs, shorter-dated Treasury bonds sold off and a rally for the dollar faltered as...

  13. September 18, 2014

    Yellen fights a war against impatience

    Janet Yellen is fighting a war against impatience. After years of low interest rates, and eight months in the job during...

  14. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2014

    Maths and the FOMC

    The dot plot might include two downward pointing arrows to offset the two hawks dissenting from the Federal Reserve...

  15. September 17, 2014

    Fed renews pledge on low rates

    The US Federal Reserve maintained its commitment to keeping rates low for a “considerable time” after it stops buying assets...

  16. September 17, 2014

    Funds and ETFs magnify EM volatility

    Emerging equity markets are taking another lurch. The reasons are well rehearsed: angst about the future actions of the...

  17. September 17, 2014

    Fed watch: 6 things to focus on

    Just like last year, the September gathering of Federal Reserve officials has investors wound up like coiled springs. That’s...

  18. September 17, 2014

    Junk bond issuers lock in low costs

    Sales of junk bonds in the US have ballooned this month after a sharp drop in August, as companies with weak credit ratings...

  19. September 17, 2014

    Economic soufflé at risk of implosion

    The prospect of higher interest rates remains the bête noire of financial markets, judging by their recent performance. Weak...

  20. September 16, 2014

    The looking-glass world of Fed-watchers

    “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” The semantically-challenged Humpty...

  21. FT Alphaville

    September 16, 2014

    Money Supply: A "considerable" challenge

    Since I wrote about the Fed debate ten days ago, the market consensus has moved rapidly towards a change in the Fed’s...

  22. September 16, 2014

    US energy stocks climb amid support for defensives

    Energy stocks climbed as investors positioned defensively ahead of a looming policy decision from the US Federal Reserve and...

  23. Gavyn Davies

    September 16, 2014

    The Fed's "considerable" problem

    As the market awaits the Federal Reserve’s statements on Wednesday, the focus is on whether the FOMC will choose to signal a...

  24. September 16, 2014

    EM stocks tumble on Fed rate rise fears

    Emerging market stocks have tumbled as investors move capital back into the world’s biggest economy amid growing speculation...

  25. September 16, 2014

    European banks feel effects of Fed’s ‘reverse repo’

    The Federal Reserve’s testing of a new liquidity tool has altered a longstanding financing relationship between money market...

  26. September 16, 2014

    Wall Street rallies as Fed hopes build

    Tuesday 21:30 BST. The prospect of further central bank policy accommodation in the US and China helped fuel a strong rally...

  27. September 15, 2014

    US alarmed by prospect of Scottish ‘Yes’ in independence vote

    A Yes vote for independence would be an economic mistake for Scotland and a geopolitical disaster for the west, senior US...

  28. September 15, 2014

    Europe junk bonds recover from sell-off

    For a reminder of the perils of investing in the riskier end of Europe’s junk bond market, look no further than Phones 4U,...

  29. September 15, 2014

    Silver vulnerable to bearish action

    We’ve been here before. Several times. The price of silver is once again within the roughly $18.50-$19.00-an-ounce level...

  30. beyondbrics

    September 15, 2014

    Emerging markets suffer longest slide since 2012

    Emerging markets are heading for their longest uninterrupted slide in almost two years, as Chinese growth concerns add to...

  31. FT Alphaville

    September 15, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The Fed can take its time, if it wants to: By most accounts — the musings of Wall...

  32. FT Alphaville

    September 15, 2014

    The Fed can take its time, if it wants to

    By most accounts — the musings of Wall Street strategists and media Fed watchers, speeches by FOMC members, countless online...

  33. September 15, 2014

    Fed should raise rates sooner than later

    If the Federal Reserve plans to take a gradual approach to normalising US monetary policy, it may want to get started soon....

  34. September 15, 2014

    Markets wary as Chinese data disappoint

    Monday 21:00 BST Global equity markets started the week on a cautious note as participants digested some disappointing...

  35. September 14, 2014

    Scots vote provides highlight following big swings in sterling

    The meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee probably loses out to the Scottish independence referendum for...

  36. September 14, 2014

    Investors await shift in Fed’s rate language

    US bond traders are warily awaiting this week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve as debate intensifies over when the US...

  37. September 12, 2014

    Tracking the US market benchmarks

    Investors focus on two major benchmarks in the US: the S&P 500, tracking the world’s largest equity market and the 10-year...

  38. September 12, 2014

    It is time to stop groupthink, sell momentum and buy value

    ‘But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved...

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