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Posted on: 16 July 2013
Currency movements were small yesterday, except for the South African rand, which enjoyed a second day of recovery and the Australian dollar, which retraced some of the previous two days' losses.
Posted on: 15 July 2013
The fear of a failing Chinese economy was there in investors' minds this morning. They did not appreciate the reminder that the world's second biggest economy is starting to display the same cyclicality as the developed world.
Posted on: 12 July 2013
Armed with the scary knowledge that the Fed's free money was on days-to-do, investors became insufferably pessimistic. They sold equities and quickly began to switch their cash out of "risky" currencies into the "safe" US dollar.
Posted on: 11 July 2013
The latest Transparency International survey shows 55% of Britons think parliament is corrupt and 66% believe political parties are taking bribes. The equivalent readings from Afghanistan are 40% and 36%.
Posted on: 10 July 2013
The Daily Mail helpfully points out a few ways for its less well-off readers to improve their financial situation. It headlines the article "The 10 devious new scams you've never heard of" (try to ignore the dodgy syntax).
Posted on: 9 July 2013
Few surprises to be found in Monday's meagre crop of economic statistics. Hard on the heels of Switzerland's unchanged 3.2% unemployment rate the country reported quarterly and annual increases in industrial production of 3.0% and 0.6%.
Posted on: 8 July 2013
Friday lunchtime could not have been hotter for the world's investors when they saw the US non-farm payrolls numbers for June...
Posted on: 5 July 2013
It is the first Friday in the month and normally the most important one for traders with the release of the Non-Farm payroll data in the US.
Posted on: 4 July 2013
Events this week offered a brilliant portrayal of the fluidity of international politics. First, Edward Snowden revealed that America does not just spy on "enemies" such as North Korea and Jersey. It also eavesdrops on "friends" like Saudi Arabia and France.
Posted on: 2 July 2013
The blithe assumption is that Mr Carney is devoted to the Bank's Asset Purchase Programme and other unspecified forms of non-standard stimulus.
Posted on: 1 July 2013
The Swedish krona and the South African rand both strengthened by around 1% on Friday, and the Australian dollar lost a cent to the pound - for the other currencies, movement was limited.
Posted on: 28 June 2013
Services in the financial market have almost returned to normal following a fusillade of expectations-management from the Federal Reserve and other central bankers.
Posted on: 27 June 2013
For reasons which are immediately obvious, lawn tennis is traditionally played on grass, of the green and growing variety which consists of 75% water.
Posted on: 26 June 2013
A Downing Street coup has ousted Charles Darwin as the face of the ten-pound note, replacing him with the novelist Jane Austen. In the government's opinion Darwin was of the type that doesn't deserve such recognition.
Posted on: 25 June 2013
The market toned down its porcine aggression on Monday, allowing the US 10-year yield to relax to 2.55%.
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