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UK inflation - why so sticky?

We’re buying less, our wages aren’t going up much and retailers are having a hard time of it, but inflation marches on

Claire Veares
gold

Gold – the new market reality

In troubled times, gold represents a haven for investors. This traditional wisdom was apparently again demonstrated a decade ago. In the wake of the global financial crisis, the price of gold rose steadily, to peak in 2011 at more than $1,900 an ounce

Graham Buck
bear

The correction is over but be wary of sleeping bears

The rise in popularity of online trading platforms has attracted millions of new investors and speculators to global financial markets in the past couple of years - two years that, until late January 2018, had only seen stock markets move higher

Neil Dennis

Is ethical investment still on trend?

Four international investment groups called on investors to quit the tobacco industry last year. In a statement, Axa, Calpers, Scor and AMP Capital, along with 50 other firms with investments totalling $3.8tn, pledged "to openly support the tobacco control measures being taken by governments around the world".

Alison Bloomer
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The new emperors at the Fed

Does new Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell march to the beat of a different drum from predecessors Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke?

Graham Buck
sterling

Sterling slides on disappointing unemployment data

Sterling was under pressure on Wednesday after higher UK unemployment cast doubt over the prospect of a near-term rate hike from the Bank of England. Nevertheless, wage inflation picked up.

James Hester
Photo of palladium

Platinum vs palladium – dirty metal workers fight it out

Rarer than gold, platinum and palladium are racing each other for price dominance

Adrian Holliday
London city skyline by day with Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral

UK bank results divine sector sentiment

A raft of big UK banks will roll out earnings this week. US banks have had a successful run after a big lift from US tax reform in spite of the short-term pain from one-off charges. UK banks have Brexit

Claire Hunte
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Emerging markets and the sell-off

A week of volatility on Wall Street earlier this month grabbed headlines, but other bourses suffered even sharper reverses.

Graham Buck
fracking

Shale oil production reasserts US dominance in oil markets

Oil prices have been in thrall to the actions of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for many months, after the cartel arranged production cuts with Russia in January 2017, but this relationship is undergoing a change

Neil Dennis
Eiffel Tower

Can Macron transform the French leviathan?

When Emmanuel Macron swept to power in France’s presidential elections last May, many hoped it would signal a new start for the French economy.

Richard Reed
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UK inflation still higher than hoped

The cost of living is slipping – but not as fast as many would like.

Adrian Holliday
dollars

Dollar gains as stock correction prompts refocus on fundamentals

Stock markets have undergone a correction in recent trading sessions, which has come as some benefit to a range of haven assets

Neil Dennis

Cryptocurrency and the ongoing regulatory debate

Despite the constant flux in recent months, cryptocurrency investing is still surging with bitcoin remaining the star of the show. Some experts are predicting the market potentially reaching the trillion-dollar mark in 2018.

Alison Bloomer
pound

Bank of England sends hawkish message to investors

While keeping UK interest rates on hold, the Bank of England (BoE) sent a strong message on Thursday for investors to expect more rate tightening in the not-too-distant future.

James Hester