What is one to make of recent economic data, particularly in the advanced countries? Is the world economy slowing? If so, should policy do anything about it and, if so, what might the alternatives be? The FT reports.
Gold is the market's 'friend with benefits', and investors would do well to park their cash in the precious metal whilst stocks attempt to find levels more appropriate to the recent economic weakness, according to Nicholas Colas, the chief market strategist at ConvergEx.
Talk about a possible default by Greece has caused some concern for SAP in Central and Eastern Europe but it is not changing the company's plans, Manfred Joseph, managing director at SAP CEE, told CNBC.com.
There was no guidance on the end of the second round of quantitative easing or QE2 and no guidance on the chance of QE3, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday confirmed market expectations that the United States' borrowing costs will remain low for the foreseeable future.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Wednesday, amid fresh concerns over the pace of the US recovery following comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and continued uncertainty over euro zone debt.
A new government is in place in Portugal, tasked with tackling the problems facing one of the sick men of Europe. Unfortunately, new faces in government do not in any way change the problems being faced by a country, according to one analyst.
Soft restructuring is only a temporary measure, and a German-led plan to convince private investors to voluntarily extend maturities on Greek debt will not prevent a default, analysts told CNBC.com.
Despite weak economic data a double dip recession is unlikely and investors should favor stocks over bonds, according to Chris Watling, the CEO of Longview Economics in London.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Tuesday after slipping on Monday amid fresh concerns about the pace of the global economic recovery and expectations that the European Central Bank might signal a rate rise in July.
As euro zone politicians scramble to bring Greek public finances back under control, the question of how much the European Central Bank will lose if they fail to avert a default has taken on greater importance, reported the FT.
The foreign exchange team at Bank of New York Mellon has spent a lot of time this year asking if 2011 is a replay of 2008 or 2010.
As the end of the second round of quantitative easing approaches, one analyst tells CNBC that even though the Fed’s purchase of $600 billion worth of bonds is nearing its conclusion, the period of easy money still has some way to go.
While its stock exchange was a shining performer last year, Turkey is now facing the reality of an unorthodox monetary policy that is failing to gain traction. It comes ahead of an important election on June 12, and raises some serious concerns among foreign investors as to whether the world’s 17th biggest economy is overheating.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Monday after falling to their sharpest weekly loss in two and a half months on Friday in response to weak US jobs data.
Europe has not yet had its financial crisis while America is still recovering from its crisis in 2008 according to Jim McCaughan, the CEO of Principal Global Investors.
Whether we like it or not, whether we're the German or French tax payer who has to foot the bill or the Greek, Spanish or Irish citizen who feels the pain of austerity in his or her respective purse – there is no choice!
Portugal goes to the polls on Sunday looking to elect a government that will lead them through an austerity package mandated by the European Union and International Monetary fund; but whoever wins will need to defy the electorate and introduce unpopular policies.
Following Moody’s decision fire a shot across the bows of talks over raising the US debt ceiling a key option facing Vice President’s working committee on the debt ceiling has been removed according to Jeremy Batstone-Carr, the director of private client research at Charles Stanley in London.
Markets are heading back to the "bad old days of 2010", with investors trading off headlines, rather than fundamentals and correlations between asset classes strengthening, according to research by ConvergEx.
Tobacco companies have long been the defensive stock of choice for investors, offering strong dividends and generating large amounts of cash. But as austerity packages bite and household budgets are squeezed, some analysts have questioned the continued health of the sector.