Global stock markets are charging along breaking record after record — but what’s driving this ‘bull market’ and how much longer can it last? Plus, what could it mean for investors if a ‘bear market’ awakens from hibernation? In our new miniseries, The Five-Minute Investor, consumer editor Claer Barrett challenges Rob Armstrong, co-host of FT’s Unhedged podcast and author of the Unhedged newsletter, to explain the factors that drive bull and bear markets, and if individual investors should reconsider their strategy.

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Listen to Unhedged wherever you get your podcasts, read Rob Armstrong’s Unhedged newsletter on the topic, A better bull market?, and sign up to a free 30-day trial of the Unhedged newsletter: https://www-ft-com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/unhedgedoffer.

Check out Claer’s column, Have you got five minutes to talk about investing?

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