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07h00 Bitcoin is booming, digital currency hedge funds are sprouting at the rate of two a week and the value of all cryptocurrencies has surged tenfold this year to more than $170 billion. Full story
29/09 Having enjoyed a blisteringly hot summer quarter, emerging markets are heading for one of their best years on record - as long as the dollar and global borrowing costs do not rise much further before the end of 2017. Full story
15/09 Bitcoin bounced by more than 20 percent in the space of just four hours on Friday, having skidded below $3,000 earlier as Chinese authorities ordered Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading. Full story
08/09 The last week has seen the biggest inflow into U.S. government debt funds since last year's turbulent Brexit vote and the 25th straight week of moves into bonds globally, analysis of trading data by Bank of America Merrill Lynch showed. Full story
01/09 Global bonds attracted bumper inflows of $8.1 billion Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) data showed on Friday, in a week when North Korean tensions escalated, and U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the government hurt U.S. stocks. Full story
29/08 The good news is that there is a handy tool, better than negative interest rates or asset buying, to jump-start the economy when the inevitable recession comes. Full story
18/08 Threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea preceded the biggest equity outflows in 10 weeks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) data showed on Friday. Full story
15/08 Sterling fell to a five-week low on Tuesday after July inflation data undershot market expectations, dealing another blow to expectations of a rate increase in the coming months. Full story
09/08 Institutions do better than individuals at active fund management, but given that both come out losers the underlying message is that picking stocks and bonds is a game neither group should play. Full story
04/08 Healthcare stocks suffered their largest outflows in six months after U.S. attempts to repeal Obamacare crashed and burned, while appetite for tech stocks faded after a strong run, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data showed on Friday. Full story
31/07 Financial markets are in the grip of something very like a speculative mania, which may well be good reason not to expect a crash soon. Full story
26/07 If you invest in mutual funds, no matter where you live in the world, you are probably doing it wrong. Full story
20/10 Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies. Full story
29/09 World stocks have gained for sixth straight quarters to chalk up their best run since 1997, while a 20 percent rebound in oil has turned around one of its worst starts to a year on record. Full story
11/09 A widely-tracked index of global stocks, MSCI's All-Country World Index, hit a new record high in European trading on Monday. Full story
06/09 A little thought experiment for retirement savers: Full story
31/08 If the United States does more than flirt with a government shutdown and technical default, old assumptions about the safe- haven status of Treasury debt and the dollar will face unprecedented threats. Full story
25/08 U.S. equity funds have suffered their longest outflows streak since 2004, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) data showed on Friday. Full story
17/08 Confronting an economy in which falling unemployment is failing to kindle inflation, as the supposed laws of economics say it should, the European Central Bank counsels “patience, persistence and prudence.” Full story
14/08 That fund managers are rewarded for hugging the benchmarks they track is a big reason behind the otherwise puzzlingly mild reaction of financial markets to rising tensions and threats between nuclear powers the United States and North Korea. Full story
08/08 To understand secular stagnation, with its low inflation and low growth, look first at the growth of the information economy and the expansion of intangible assets. Full story
02/08 Other benefits like peace and a livable planet notwithstanding, the financial cost of socially responsible investing appears to be high. Full story
28/07 It may not happen soon but eventually the vogue for investing in “superstar firms” like Google, Facebook and Amazon will end in the fire of overvaluation or the ice of regulation. Full story
12/10 The global crude surplus that caused a price rout has largely been absorbed, resulting in higher crude prices, Gary Ross, founder of PIRA Energy and head of Global Oil Analytics for S&P Global Platts, said on Thursday. Full story
24/09 The New Zealand dollar fell in early Asian trading on Monday after no single party won a majority in an election over the weekend, leaving investors facing a period of political uncertainty. Full story
08/09 If an investment strategy is good enough for one of the top minds in finance, it is probably good enough for you, right? Full story
05/09 If the world becoming less economically integrated, someone is going to have to explain why growth around the world is so remarkably consistent and tightly correlated. Full story
30/08 Unpleasant it may be, but investors do better if the mutual funds they hold are managed by companies with an ethos more like that of a viper pit than a kindergarten. Full story
23/08 It isn’t just your imagination: activist hedge funds do go after companies led by woman CEOs more often. Full story
16/08 If your aim is to spend 4 percent of your portfolio annually in retirement, the best advice is “I wouldn’t start from here”. Full story
10/08 Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies" are big money, virtually as big as Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland combined. Full story
04/08 The Trump administration’s vision of a rollback in banking regulation isn’t just dubious medicine for the economy, it will do shareholders no favors. Full story
28/07 Money has flowed into emerging-market bond funds for six straight months and global equity funds attracted another $10 billion last week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, as it gave its latest warning that the rally looks set to end. Full story
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