Vladimir Putin has said Russia could take as long as two years to recover from its burgeoning economic crisis.
A hawkish statement from the Federal Reserve has been perceived by markets as another step towards an interest rate rise, although it is unlikely to come before April 2015.
UK stocks gained on Thursday morning following a stellar performance by Wall Street indices after the Federal Reserve said it would be "patient" to tighten monetary policy.
Alexander Moseley, senior portfolio manager, Emerging Market Debt Relative at Schroders, weighs in.
UK stocks dropped sharply on Wednesday morning as the sell-off resumed ahead of a busy session for global financial markets.
Yet more disappointing economic data from China pushed UK stocks lower for the seventh straight session on Tuesday, with markets extending losses despite plunging to an 18-month low the previous session.
Adrian Lowcock, head of investing at AXA Wealth, considers the outlook of major markets in 2015.
Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party has swept to victory again in the snap Japanese election held over the weekend.
After an initial drop the FTSE 100 Index recovered to trade slightly in the black, led by oil companies' shares.
Experts from across the industry look back on the most surprising and unexpected events from the past year in markets.
The dramatic sell-off on the FTSE 100 continued into its fifth straight day on Friday as a weak finish on Wall Street and disappointing data from China hammered already-fragile sentiment on the market.
UK stocks edged higher on Thursday after sinking to a five-week low, though gains were only modest ahead of a data-heavy session.
Tilney Bestinvest’s chief investment officer Gareth Lewis highlights the six themes likely to dominate investment strategy over the next twelve months
UK stocks edged higher on Wednesday after a steep sell-off sent the FTSE 100 to its lowest levels in more than a month.
Acknowledging that the forecasting consensus has missed many of the big stories of recent years, analysts at HSBC have attempted to outline the biggest potential risks for investors in 2015.
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