Geopolitics in the Middle East and Eastern Europe has dominated financial headlines. But investors should focus more on the U.S. recovery and the Federal Reserve 's response as market drivers.
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said on Friday that the US economy was improving but warned there was a “possibility that the severe recession caused persistent changes in the labour market’s functioning”.
Quantitative easing (QE) programs by central banks under the right conditions will always have a positive outcome for household demand, according to Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citi, who predicts that Japan and the euro zone will soon launch "massive" stimulus packages.
A surge in activity across the US services sector in July fuelled by spending on new homes put the economy on track for a strong second half of 2014, according to a business survey.
Fears of an early rise in US interest rates were eased on Friday by weaker than expected jobs data, helping to pull global markets out of the tailspin they had endured in another volatile week of trading.
After so many years of economic gloom, it’s nice to have some good news. On Thursday, such tidings came in the form of a surge in the valuation of Facebook, which climbed to more than $192bn in the wake of good first-quarter earnings.
The Federal Reserve is set to end its economic stimulus program in October, bringing to an end the controversial five-year-old scheme even as officials said there were signs that the US economy was still in trouble.
The Dow Jones index has soared through the 17,000 barrier to a record high after US data showed a bigger-than-expected surge in job creation last month.
It's been a long time since the jobless rate in the United States was as low as 6.1%.
It is probably Silicon Valley's most striking mantra: “Fail fast, fail often.” It is recited at technology conferences, pinned to company walls, bandied in conversation.
Federal prosecutors in New York have accused a Costa Rica-based company and its founder of running a $6bn money-laundering scheme that became a "bank of choice for the criminal underworld".
JP Morgan faced a barrage of criticism on Friday for it disastrous "London whale" trading loss as senators and the bank's regulator accused its executives of believing they were too big to fail, ignoring warnings about the escalating losses and deliberately withholding information.
Barack Obama warned on Saturday of a "ripple effect" through the US economy that would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs after he reluctantly signed an order to begin a huge $85bn (£56bn) programme of government cuts.