The oil price is ending 12 months of surprising stability, in which it has shrugged off economic and political turmoil. In part, this may reflect a growing realisation that making the world “carbon neutral” may be a longer and more complex business than previously assumed.
Japan may have suffered decades of economic stagnation but its currency, the yen, remains a favourite with investors. As one of the biggest creditor nations in the world, Japan can rely on strong international demand for its monetary unit.
Trading charts have long held a fascination for these seeking to work out where particular securities or the market as a whole are going. But they can seem daunting to novice traders, so here is a user-friendly guide.
Gold has had a fantastic run over the last 12 months, surging from $1,236.15 an ounce a year ago to $1,475.85. But it is meeting resistance at $1,500, raising questions as to whether its momentum is flagging.
The Amsterdam stock market, one of the oldest in the world, has had a bumpy ride during the past 12 months. But it is ending 2019 on a rising trend, in keeping with share-price upswings across the continent.
Sterling was higher against all major currencies this morning as the 12 December Brexit election drew nearer. But share prices were down, and tensions surfaced at a UK-hosted NATO summit.
Oil prices were higher this morning in the wake of an invitation to all oil-producing nations to join forces with the OPEC energy cartel. Both Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate are trading higher than they were 12 months ago.
Sterling climbs off summer lows as polls suggest the Conservative Party will win the 12 December general election. With Labour pledged to tax financial activity, any poll reverse for the Tories could see the pound turn tail.
Gold prices have moved decisively below $1,500 an ounce but for once it is not the US dollar that is tempting investors. Rather, it is the boom in American share prices fuelled by expectations of a “hot” economy ahead of next year’s presidential election.
Economic worries and political crises have done nothing to dampen the buoyancy of Europe’s blue-chip
In the fast-moving world of financial markets, stock indices rise and fall at a dizzying rate. We look at which are up and which are down halfway through the 11th month of 2019.
Oil prices were higher this morning after the energy cartel OPEC forecast robust demand for energy between now and 2040. The organisation has signed a co-operation agreement with its counterpart body for gas exporting countries.
The dollar has held firm on foreign exchanges despite bitter political argument and talk of impeaching Donald Trump. Its key role in the world financial system guarantees steady demand for the currency whatever the domestic weather.
The gold price is nearly 22% higher than a year ago, buoyed by investor demand for exchange-traded funds. The industry body the World Gold Council suggests a new wave of easy money policies from central banks will make gold more attractive still.
Which are the most heavily traded indices at this time, and are they being traded up or down? We identify the indices that have seen the most action, both buying and selling.