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    1. December 21, 2014

      Is the west clinically depressed?

      To some people, the future will always be behind them. Rarely, however, has such gloom covered most of the western world at...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Investment: Loser’s game

      The debate over how our savings should be managed has raged for years. Should our retirement funds be placed, as they have...

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    1. December 19, 2014

      Stocks regain poise after Fed reassures

      Global stocks were back on the front foot at the end of a week in which the Federal Reserve once again demonstrated its...

    2. December 18, 2014

      US bonds and shares send conflicting signals

      Nothing highlights the conflicting messages from the big two US asset classes more than low US government bond yields and...

    3. December 17, 2014

      Fed signals tightening by mid-2015

      The US Federal Reserve has sent a strong signal that it expects to tighten monetary policy in mid-2015 by dropping its...

    4. December 17, 2014

      US stocks: no trade is an island

      “Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.” So said a famous proponent of big US companies...

    5. December 17, 2014

      Fed must avoid lurching from crisis to bubble

      Should we get ready to party like it’s 1999? This question has dominated discussion among money managers for days, and it is...

    6. December 16, 2014

      Doves may be dismayed by Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments

      The US Federal Reserve will deliver its final monetary policy decision of the year on Wednesday, followed by chairwoman...

    7. December 15, 2014

      Politics scupper Philadelphia’s gas deal

      When Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s mayor, struck a deal in March to sell the city’s municipally owned gas utility, he...

    8. December 15, 2014

      Vix index suggests year-end anxiety

      At the beginning of the month there was a lot of talk in the US volatility markets about a big buyer of CBOE Vix put options...

    9. December 15, 2014

      Small set to look beautiful again in 2015

      One of the most consequential trends of 2014 has been the underperformance of US small-cap stocks versus their blue-chip...

    10. December 11, 2014

      Economy healthy, inflation weak, Fed stymied

      This month, American consumers have received some early Christmas presents. Late last week, US payroll data revealed that...

    11. December 11, 2014

      Watch out for ‘ouch’ potential of global volatility

      Greece’s stock market crashes. Shares plunge in Shanghai. Tumbling oil prices hit junk bond markets and emerging market...

    12. December 7, 2014

      Crumbling infrastructure is a sign of lost collective faith

      Take a walk from the US Air Shuttle in New York’s LaGuardia airport to ground transportation. For months you will have...

    13. December 5, 2014

      US small caps outperform on jobs data

      US small-cap stocks climbed on Friday as investors shifted into riskier assets after a jobs report wowed Wall Street. The...

    14. December 5, 2014

      Five takeaways from November’s bumper jobs report

      November’s jobs report was probably the most encouraging since the recovery began in 2009. It suggests that, five years on,...

    15. December 5, 2014

      US heads for best jobs growth year since 1999

      The US rode to the rescue of the global economy as one of the best all-round jobs reports since the start of the recovery in...

    16. December 4, 2014

      High hopes for strong US jobs growth

      Economists expect a strong non-farm payrolls report for November to confirm that the world’s largest economy has some...

    17. December 4, 2014

      More warning lights flash for equity peak

      The US non-farm payrolls report will be published on Friday. Analysts forecast 230,000 net jobs were added in November and...

    18. December 3, 2014

      An active headache for fund managers

      Active equity fund managers are used to bad years but 2014 has been special. This has been a biblically bad year for almost...

    19. December 3, 2014

      Be careful to hedge ‘equity over bonds’ in 2015, Morgan Stanley warns

      “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” . . . if you like analysts’ forecasts. Up to the Christmas break we shall feature...

    20. December 2, 2014

      Financial risks are rising, says watchdog

      Risks to financial stability are on the rise after six years of exceptionally low interest rates, according to the US...

    21. December 2, 2014

      Mobile bargain hunters paint US store sales red

      A mixed bag of preliminary sales data emerging from the Thanksgiving weekend shopping season suggests that Black Friday and...

    22. December 2, 2014

      Risk to hawkish side on US jobs

      As the commodity wobble fades, monetary policy moves back into focus. Central bank watchers have plenty to consider this...

    23. December 1, 2014

      Retail investment returns also come under markdown pressure

      Cyber Monday was last Wednesday. Black Friday began on Thursday. And Super Saturday may not be nearly so super in the...

    24. November 26, 2014

      ‘Japanification’ can suppress long US yields

      The pace of US growth in the third quarter was 3.9 per cent annualised – faster than market forecasts. The response of...

    25. November 26, 2014

      S&P 500 bull run defies doubts over valuations

      Very rarely has a US equity bull market been this hot, testing the mettle of investors who focus on valuation as a guide for...

    26. November 24, 2014

      Black Friday’s boost from the black stuff

      This year’s Black Friday could get a boost from the black stuff. Deutsche Bank is predicting that retailers will benefit...

    27. November 20, 2014

      Investors keep trimming inflation hedges

      Inflation has become the dog with no bite during the era of aggressive central bank policies, casting uncertainty over...

    28. November 20, 2014

      No need for radical asset mix adjustment

      The lesson learnt after the roller-coaster ride of the past six weeks is that even in bull markets, equity prices do not...

    29. November 19, 2014

      Lower oil prices cut two ways for US economy

      When US petrol prices halved in the autumn of 2008 it was the most timely and effective consumer stimulus of the whole...

    30. November 18, 2014

      China emerges from out of the US dollar’s shadow

      The “Age of Chinese Capital”, as Deutsche Bank calls it, came a big step nearer reality this week with the launch of the...

    31. November 17, 2014

      Cheaper oil energises US consumer stocks

      One of this year’s most maligned stock market sectors has finally found its spark – helped by sliding oil prices. US...

    32. November 17, 2014

      Capex return provides investment opportunities

      The US economic recovery has been a jigsaw with a missing piece, but if the capital expenditure part of the puzzle is...

    33. November 14, 2014

      Oil is an important marker on growth

      Sliding oil prices loom as a double-edged sword for investors. Cheaper energy prices are viewed very favourably on Wall...

    34. November 11, 2014

      An unethical bet in the climate casino

      The Republican victory in the midterm elections was a triumph for its strategy of sustained vilification of the president...

    35. November 7, 2014

      US economy adds 214,000 jobs in October

      The US economy added 214,000 jobs in October as a solid labour market backed up the Federal Reserve’s decision to halt its...

    36. November 7, 2014

      US earnings boost masks revenue fears

      Beating earnings expectations has long been the game played by companies and Wall Street. And the latest results season has...

    37. November 7, 2014

      Wall Street slips off highs after US jobs report

      Friday 21.00 GMT Wall Street equity indices were flat while the dollar edged back from four-year highs after October’s US...

    38. November 6, 2014

      US set for strong jobs growth

      Investors and economists are focused on the US jobs report due on Friday, which is set for another strong month of growth...

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