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  1. September 16, 2014

    US household incomes stagnate despite economic recovery

    The United States has suffered another year of stagnant incomes as the economic recovery fails to translate into rising...

  2. September 15, 2014

    Nasdaq Composite eyes return to dotcom bubble level

    There are plenty of comeback stories on Wall Street. Many are watching whether the Nasdaq Composite can complete what the...

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  1. 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...

  2. September 5, 2014

    US jobs growth disappoints

    A weak employment report contradicted a host of other data showing strength in the world's largest economy, as the pace of...

  3. September 5, 2014

    US non-farm preview: Job creation set to accelerate

    The European Central Bank surprised investors by cutting interest rates on Thursday. Twenty hours later focus has switched...

  4. September 4, 2014

    US economy looks strongest since 2009

    The US is enjoying its strongest run of economic data since the recovery began in 2009 and analysts expect it to continue...

  5. September 3, 2014

    Fed survey points to robust recovery

    All twelve districts of the US Federal Reserve reported growing economic activity through the summer in the latest sign of a...

  6. September 1, 2014

    Fed ignores likelihood of weaker growth

    The US Federal Reserve may have a problem. When it finally does move to increase short-term interest rates, it may prove too...

  7. August 31, 2014

    Margins: the new normal

    The valuation bears – who think the stock market is overpriced relative to fundamentals, and is set to fall – are still...

  8. August 29, 2014

    Chart that tells a story . . . S&P 500

    What does this show? The S&P 500, an equity index tracking the largest 500 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange...

  9. August 29, 2014

    Stocks at records yet recovery is elusive

    Another summer day, another record for the stock market as both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average set new...

  10. August 28, 2014

    Seasonal trends depend on momentum

    Wall Street will be shut on Monday for the US Labor Day break. That may make investors that little bit more reluctant to...

  11. August 26, 2014

    Autumn shadows lurk for global stocks

    The S&P 500 has hit 2,000, so where next? Andrew Wilkinson, chief market analyst at Interactive Brokers, says this has...

  12. August 26, 2014

    Little fanfare as S&P 500 passes 2,000

    When the S&P 500 reached 1,000 for the first time in February 1998, Kenny Polcari was trading equities for ICAP from the...

  13. August 25, 2014

    S&P 500 passes 2,000 for the first time

    The S&P 500, the world’s largest equity market and a bellwether of the US economy, rose above the 2,000 threshold for the...

  14. August 25, 2014

    No need to panic about high-yield bonds

    Keep calm and carry on has characterised the market for high-yield bonds despite a recent bout of intensive selling by...

  15. August 22, 2014

    Yellen highlights labour market dilemma

    Janet Yellen highlighted extreme uncertainly about how many more jobs the US economy can create before inflation picks up in...

  16. August 19, 2014

    Home Depot: head of household

    If you are among the millions of young Americans still living with your parents because you cannot afford a home of your...

  17. August 18, 2014

    Don’t fight the US Treasury bond rally

    The consensus among market watchers last September was that, with US interest rates so low and the US Federal Reserve about...

  18. August 17, 2014

    Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream

    Most Europeans think their societies are far less equal than they are, while Americans are unusual in believing that their...

  19. August 15, 2014

    US Treasury bears face irresistible force

    Persistently low yielding US government bonds show little sign of reversing course. This is much to the chagrin of many...

  20. August 12, 2014

    Record income gap fuels US housing weakness

    The income gap between America’s richest and poorest metropolitan regions has reached its widest on record, shaping an...

  21. August 12, 2014

    US housing: Battle scars

    The first thing that strikes you in the low-income suburbs of south Sacramento is the number of overgrown front lawns. Then...

  22. August 12, 2014

    Watch for risks from indebted corporate Asia

    August can be a perilous month for investors. It is a month when there is little volume or liquidity in financial markets...

  23. August 11, 2014

    Investors need a BuzzFeed listicle of reasons to be careful

    For pictures of cats which look like central bankers, you’ll have to go elsewhere (for now). But in deference to the $850m...

  24. August 11, 2014

    Unwary yield hunters risk liquidity trap

    High-yield bonds have had a record run. With a cumulative return of more than 150 per cent since 2009, they have beaten...

  25. August 8, 2014

    Bull run shows signs of exhaustion

    Global investors’ long-running love affair with risk assets, such as equities and junk bonds, may be turning into a nasty...

  26. August 7, 2014

    US banks told to steer billions to hard-hit areas

    Big US banks will have to offer billions of dollars more in relief to the communities hardest hit by the financial crisis,...

  27. August 7, 2014

    Africa shows potential to drive global growth

    American perceptions of Africa have long been swayed by the noisiest US constituencies with a vested interest in the...

  28. August 7, 2014

    Bank of America: new beginnings

    Buyer’s remorse. That is what Bank of America must have as it prepares to pay about $16bn to end a probe into the sale of...

  29. August 7, 2014

    Spiky trading upsets US share listing plans

    A spike in volatility in global equity and bond trading in July weighed on the market for initial public offerings in the US...

  30. August 7, 2014

    Risk culture must change to protect financial system

    Financial firms are dialling up risk in their search for yield due to the extraordinary amounts of liquidity created by...

  31. August 6, 2014

    US banks warn on ‘excessive’ risk-taking

    An influential group of Wall Street banks has warned the US Treasury that low volatility in many markets is creating a...

  32. August 6, 2014

    Asset sell-off reminder of financial stability threats

    Last week’s global sell-off, the worst since January, had all the features that make such market events both frightening and...

  33. August 1, 2014

    Busiest week for US IPOs since November 2007

    Companies rushed to list shares in the US ahead of the summer slowdown, in the busiest week for seven years, receiving a...

  34. August 1, 2014

    Investors’ junk bond exodus gathers pace

    Investors fled US junk bonds in July, resulting in the worst monthly performance in more than a year as the looming end of...

  35. August 1, 2014

    US adds 209,000 jobs as hiring slows

    US employment showed solid growth in July, but did not reflect the rapid improvement that could have put pressure on the...

  36. August 1, 2014

    US recovery rouses inflation concerns

    It cannot be a good idea to begin a column by parsing the utterances of the Federal Reserve’s open market committee on the...

  37. July 30, 2014

    Treasury yields: the only way is up

    Have we seen the low point for US 10-year yields in this cycle? At the start of this year, the reply to this question would...

  38. July 29, 2014

    Flattening curve may be investor message

    The US Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to announce the tapering of its bond-buying programme by another $10bn, to...

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