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FTSE 100 Index called to open +30pts at 7690, extending yesterday’s bounce from 7640, still in an 8-day rising channel. Bulls need a break above 7700 for another challenge on

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2018: When growth is scarce, target growth

Investors have been complaining about this bull market for equities for what feels like years. It’s an odd situation, as it doesn’t really seem like something you should be complaining

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Five things I learned at Davos

The mood at Davos was the most divergent in years. Some American bosses were notably bullish about accelerating economic growth and a regime change in fiscal, regulatory and trade policies.

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Investors rediscover a love for tech stocks

The mood across most equity markets remains subdued, with modest losses being posted. Investors are evidently still cautious about the new administration, with the steady drip of news relating to

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How to navigate market volatility

Favourite stocks The trust’s NAV total return for the year ending 31 January 2016 increased 0.9%, compared with a 0.1% fall in the FTSE World index. The stocks that drove

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FTSE says hello to 6000 again

The Bank of Japan completed the trio of central bank meetings that over the past week or so have kept investors enthralled. The statements from the ECB, the Fed and

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Markets remain optimistic in wake of FOMC

There was enough in last night’s Federal Reserve statement to suggest the US central bank is tiptoeing away from the idea of four rate hikes to maintain the rally in

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The bright side of uncertainty

Investment outcomes are affected by countless variables. Some of these can be predicted while others defy even the wisest seers. Of course uncertainty can be off-putting: people who are trying

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FTSE plays catch-up as Europe & US rise

October didn’t end particularly well, but November has started on a reasonably solid footing, with US and European exchanges putting on decent gains. London has lagged the pack but it


Viewpoint: Six stocks for your ISA

National Grid (FTSE 100) – a lower-risk option for income-seekers National Grid has overcome some regulatory issues in 2013 and is looking to invest roughly £26bn over the next seven