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S&P 500: pay to play?

In global markets, there’s not a more important stock market index than the S&P 500. Depending on who you ask, the blue-chip index of the US’s largest companies acts as an economic indicator, a benchmark for executive compensation or a primary source of social welfare, thanks to the trillions in …

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US companies authorise more than $870bn in stock buybacks

US companies have announced record levels of share buybacks as confidence recovers after a lull at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses have authorised more than $870bn of repurchases so far this year, Goldman Sachs data show, almost three times more than in the same period in 2020 and …

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The bull case for investing in China

The writer is chief global investment strategist at Charles Schwab For many investors, recent regulatory actions by China have been unnerving. It has sparked fears that the country has made a sudden and risky policy shift that is anti-business and anti-investor. The slow slide in China’s stock market from its …

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Government bonds soften ahead of US jobs data

Global government bonds sold off ahead of US jobs data that could show inflationary pressures are broadening and tip the Federal Reserve closer to reining in its pandemic-era monetary stimulus. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury note, which tends to rise with expectations of inflation or interest rate increases …

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Government bonds soften ahead of US jobs data

Global government bonds sold off ahead of US jobs data that could show inflationary pressures are broadening and tip the Federal Reserve closer to reining in its pandemic-era monetary stimulus. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury note, which tends to rise with expectations of inflation or interest rate increases …

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