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Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector

Bin Laden news a boost to global markets

Stock markets around the world received a boost today from the news that Osama bin Laden was dead, with the event also triggering a fall in oil prices.

Stephen King: US policymakers' failure to act has merely justified the S&P downgrade

If the US does not ultimately deliver austerity, it may have austerity imposed through the back door

Markets plunge as US rating reduced

World markets plunged today after a key ratings agency shocked traders with a downgrade to its outlook for US government debt.

Emerging market inflation stokes overheating fears

Four interest rate rises in China and eight in India since the start of last year have failed to tame inflation in their fast-developing economies, alarming new data showed yesterday.

Hamish McRae: Catching up with the world's newfinancial order

Economic Life: You don't have to have followed the debate about the US budget deficit to be aware that something radical is happening to the status of the dollar

Lloyd's profits slump on disasters

Insurance market Lloyd's of London saw profits almost halve last year after a string of natural disasters sent claims soaring.

Margareta Pagano: A good Budget – but is Osborne missing a trick?

Everyone seems to agree that while this was a boring Budget, it is one which will turn out to be a bonanza for business. It was certainly a good Budget for George Osborne personally, and, if the glowing headlines are to be believed, his passage from pariah to putative prime minister is now complete.

Emergency G7 meeting called as yen hits record high

At the worst possible moment for Japan's economy, the yen has surged to all-time highs against the US dollar and other currencies, making life for its hard-pressed exporters, already battling with disruptions to supply chains and power, even more difficult.

Julian Assange slams extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today criticised the European arrest warrant system after a judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex offence charges.

BP plans to sell several UK assets

Oil giant BP today revealed plans to sell several assets in the UK, including the biggest onshore oil field in Western Europe.

BP in deal with major Indian firm

BP is set to become a key player in the Indian oil and gas market after signing a 7.2 billion US dollar (£4.5 billion) deal with one of the country's biggest companies.

Boom times in China take economy past Japan

China has overtaken Japan to rank indisputably as the world's second largest economy, behind the US, a landmark moment in the return of the Middle Kingdom to global economic pre-eminence, the position it occupied until the 16th century. It is now the world's largest producer of shoes, cars, televisions, gold, coal and much else.

Copper nearing $10,000 a tonne

Copper hit a record high yesterday, nearing $10,000 a tonne on data suggesting the global recovery is picking up speed as well as supply concerns and a weaker US dollar.

BP bosses set to unveil annual loss

Bosses at BP will unveil the oil giant's first annual loss in nearly two decades tomorrow following a disastrous year for the blue-chip company.

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Poldark star Heida Reed

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn