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.... But not much more than that. All things considered, the financial markets took the Kim and Trump show in their stride. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6% increase in ticket prices might find it tough to accept but there is light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation. Rising prices have been one of the big economic stories of the past 12 months, but for the past two months the financial markets have been surprised by the weakness of cost-of-living pressures. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Rail fare increase signals light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation image
....6% increase in ticket prices might find it tough to accept but there is light at the end of the tunnel for UK inflation. Rising prices have been one of the big economic stories of the past 12 months, but for the past two months the financial markets have been surprised by the weakness of cost-of-living pressures. ...
Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:48 PM
.... Hints from the Bank of England that it is thinking of raising borrowing costs for the first time in a decade are already having an impact. Interest rates charged in the financial markets have edged up as a result and this will eventually filter through into higher mortgage rates. ...
Jacques Delors foresaw the perils of austerity. How we need his wisdom now | Mark Seddon image
....In the now all-consuming British debate over Brexit – a rupture with the EU caused in part by austerity – it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. The catastrophic collision between Anglo-American de-regulation, the crash in the financial markets it engendered, and the strictures of German and Eurozone austerity sent a firestorm through southern European economies that should never have been allowed to join the single currency in the first place. ...
Total UK wealth tops £10tn thanks to City and property boom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 11:01:22 PM
....A booming City and rising house prices provided a double boost to Britons holding assets in 2016 as they pushed the nation’s wealth through the £10tn mark, according to a new survey. Lloyds Bank’s private banking arm said total household wealth in the UK increased by £892bn last year – with the property and financial markets each responsible for half the rise. ...
Only a big-spending budget can save us from years of low interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 04:00:16 PM
....The National Institute of Economic & Social Research said the only therapy would be a rise in interest rates and quickly. Jagjit Chadha, the organisation’s director, warned that without higher rates the interbank lending system that lubricates the billions of transactions in financial markets and which seized up in the credit crunch would remain sclerotic and economic growth would stay anaemic. ...
SHOCK WARNING: Interest rates could soon RISE, Bank of England deputy says image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 04:00:00 PM
....25 per cent a year ago. Mr Broadbent said: "The MPC said given the other assumptions in its forecast it thought probably there would need to be rate rises, and indeed more rate rises than those priced into the interest rate curve in the future than the financial markets expect. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
....”. Littlewood lists other dysfunctions: “Wage stagnation, poor GDP growth, crony capitalism in the contracting-out of public services, endless gaming of the system by corporations, a general ennui about the prevailing economic system … ” Finally, he cites the event that did more than any other to discredit free-market capitalism in Britain: “the 2008 crash”, the banking crisis caused by the deregulation and hubris of the financial markets. ...
Don't relax rules on City after Brexit, Mark Carney warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:00:19 PM
.... and the progress that's been made is gradually chipped away. America’s national bank regulator has this week begun a consultation that could lead to a watering down of the Volcker rule - a post-crisis reform intended to restrict banks from using their own money to take bets on financial markets. ...
The Bank keeps hinting at a rate rise. Markets will only listen for so long image
....The lack of action was accompanied by some macho talk. If the economy performs as the Bank expects, rates will go up more sharply than the financial markets currently expect. ...
Brexit is putting firms off giving pay rises, says Bank of England image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 11:13:47 AM
....Despite the weaker outlook for growth, the Bank appeared to send a clear message to businesses and households that they should not expect borrowing costs to stay at their record low for much longer. The meeting minutes noted that if the economic picture evolved as the Bank was predicting, interest rates could be raised by more than financial markets are currently pricing in. ...
The day the credit crunch began, 10 years on: 'the world changed' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 04:15:56 PM
.... But this relied on banks being able to attract enough depositors to support their lending ambitions. Northern Rock used its mortgages to support its lending by bundling them up into bonds, which it then sold to the financial markets. ...
UK economy is about to surge back to life, says leading forecaster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 11:01:30 PM
.... It is expected to present a gloomier outlook for the economy than NIESR after the economy failed to rebound from a weak start to the year. The Bank of England’s governor, Mark Carney, shocked financial markets in June when he warned that continued growth in the UK economy would eventually lead to higher interest rates, but is not expected to say this week that it will come as early as next spring. ...
Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 03:54:14 PM
.... Financial regulators in the US are concerned about the emergence of bitcoin and its digital cousins as speculative investments and have hinted that much tougher regulation is in the pipeline. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which regulates the New York financial markets, issued an alert, saying it was “cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by ‘virtual’ organisations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws”. ...
HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 07:02:10 AM
....Flint, who has been at HSBC for 22 years and chairman for the last six, used his last statement at the bank to call for the rules designed since the financial crisis to be implemented globally. He also warned on the impact of Brexit on Europe’s financial markets. ...
Slow economic growth is not the new normal, it's the old norm | Larry Elliott image
.... Central banks are uncomfortable with interest rates at historically low levels. They would like to sell back to the financial markets the bonds they bought in their quantitative easing programmes. ...
10 years on from the credit crunch: share your memories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 09:02:05 AM
.... The FTSE lost 121 points that day, and in the US the Dow Jones average fell by 387. Central bankers became so alarmed by banks’ reluctance to lend to each other that they took emergency action; the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve injected a combined $90bn into financial markets. ...
Brexit economy: sterling fall hits public finances and fails to boost trade image
....9%, helped by cheaper fuel prices, while industry’s fuel and raw material bills are rising by 10% a year rather than the 20% rate of increase seen at the turn of the year. The pound started to fall against other currencies in the autumn of 2015 as financial markets started to factor in the possibility of the UK voting to leave the EU. ...
Surprise drop in UK inflation is good news for consumers | Larry Elliott image
....9%, with many City analysts confident that it would breach the 3% barrier within the next couple of months. Last month’s fall, while much bigger than anybody in the financial markets was expecting, does not mean that inflation has reached a turning point. ...
In other circumstances, we’d raise rates. But with Brexit looming, how can we? image
.... At the moment that means unfeasibly low-cost car loans. Who knows what they’ll be up to tomorrow? To those who worry about unstable financial markets, what this situation needs is calming down. ...
China's $9tn bond market opens up to foreign investors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 09:05:02 AM
....A long-awaited scheme enabling foreign investors to buy and sell Chinese bonds has been launched. The Bond Connect programme is Beijing's latest attempt to open up its financial markets and attract foreign capital. ...
China widens investor access as bond trading link with Hong Kong launches image
. Global investor access to China’s financial markets is widening further with the launch of a bond trading link with Hong Kong. ...
South Sudan's million-strong refugee crisis is a test for the World Bank image
.... The IDA is replenished by donors on a three-yearly basis, 47 of whom agreed to provide $25bn for the current round of funding. A further $25bn is coming from the bank’s own resources, with a third $25bn being raised from the global financial market. ...
UK workers 'frustrated by flatlining pay', says key economist image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 09:10:00 PM
....25%. Mr Haldane said: "Rates currently, and if you believe financial markets, prospectively, are set to remain pretty low for a pretty long time. ...
BT Italy scandal prompts auditing probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 07:47:51 AM
....PwC said: "We will continue to co-operate fully with the FRC in its inquiries. The regulator has a duty to investigate where they believe there is a public interest, in order to give confidence to the financial markets. ...
UK banks ordered to hold more capital as consumer debt surges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 09:44:48 AM
.... The Bank’s Prudential Regulation Authority and the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, will also publish next month how they expect lenders to treat borrowers in the consumer credit market. The Bank’s half-yearly assessment of risk to financial markets also set out measures to rein in the riskiest mortgage lending, highlighted the risks associated with the UK’s exit from the European Union and said commercial property prices were “at the top end of sustainable valuations”. ...
With politics turned on its head, Labour sticks to Brexit ambiguity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 01:05:57 PM
.... They think the EU has been a success, the single currency’s travails are simply teething troubles, that Emmanuel Macron heralds a new dawn for European social democracy and that socialism in one country is a fantasy. At the other end are those who think the EU embodies neo-liberalism, that the euro should be broken up, that Macron will deliver more for his former employers at Rothschild than for the French working class, and that radical socialism is possible even in the teeth of violent opposition from the financial markets. ...
Central banks raise alarm over new crash after steep rise in lending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 10:30:27 AM
....The international body that represents central banks said a recovery in global trade this year and improving levels of GDP in most countries could create complacency and convince policymakers to ignore warning signs of excessive lending coming from the financial sector. With only two weeks until the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) said politicians and central banks needed to keep financial markets in check to prevent another crash. ...
Bank of England says interest rates should be kept on hold amid Brexit uncertainty image
....Fears that the start of Brexit negotiations will damage the economy mean that interest rates should remain at their record-low level, the governor of the Bank of England has said. Mark Carney said he would want to see how businesses, financial markets and consumers reacted to the reality of the UK’s looming departure from the EU before changing his view. ...
Brexiters have voted for a poverty even worse than austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... In economics there are time lags between announcements and their consequences, and under George Osborne the Treasury overdid its warnings about the timing of the referendum’s effects. Only now are people beginning to realise the consequences of the decision made last year by the world’s financial markets that Britain had, in effect, voted to become poorer and less secure. ...
The Guardian view on austerity economics: it failed | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 07:07:26 PM
.... Britain has a cost-of-living crisis at the same time that it has a political crisis. The only reason it is not having a sterling crisis as well is because the financial markets are clinging to the hope that the inconclusive result of the election makes a softer Brexit more likely. ...
UK pay squeeze breaks all sorts of records for all the wrong reasons | Larry Elliott image
....Cast your mind back to March 2008. The financial markets have been in turmoil since the previous summer and in the previous month the Labour government has been forced to nationalise the troubled bank Northern Rock. ...
Brussels plan could force euro clearing out of UK after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 06:05:20 PM
....Technical experts at ESMA would make a relocation recommendation, with input from the European Central Bank, but the commission would take the final decision. “The purpose of our legislative proposal is to ensure financial stability and not moving business for the sake of moving business,” Valdis Dombrovskis, the European commission vice-president in charge of financial markets, told reporters. ...
Theresa May's election victory will prove pyrrhic indeed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 01:25:35 PM
....Labour could try to piece together a rainbow coalition to allow it to pass legislation, but it would require the unlikely support of every other party, including the DUP. If a minority Corbyn government ever looked like becoming a realistic possibility, the financial markets would take immediate fright. ...
If hard Brexit is dead, the odds on a chaotic one have shortened image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
.... Yet the chances of panic further down the line – either in the form of a plunge in sterling or a wobble in the gilts market – have surely increased. In other circumstances, one might say a cry of alarm from financial markets is exactly what’s required – it might help to force consensus. ...
UK economy falls to bottom of EU growth league image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 05:33:45 PM
....“But it’s not all bad news – this is as much a story about global strength as it is about downside risks to the UK, which should eventually support exports”. The European Central Bank was the latest body to raise its growth forecasts for the eurozone on Thursday after telling financial markets it had no plans to cut interest rates. ...
Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank financial rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 02:18:10 PM
....Proposals like that have been criticised from a wide range of interests, including large investment firms and consumer groups. "We think it is a really dangerous bill that would put our financial marketplace in a weaker position than it was," said Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel at the Consumer Federation of America. ...
US adds fewer jobs than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 12:56:13 PM
....Is the US economic recovery stuck in a rut?. Job creation kept pace with population growth in May, but it was not what financial markets were expecting, said Paul Diggle, senior economist at Aberdeen Asset Management. ...
FTSE reaches record high as UK opinion poll spooks sterling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 06:37:09 PM
....The assumption that the Tories would win handsomely, apparently strengthening May’s hand in talks on leaving the European Union, has driven the pound higher since she called an election for 8 June. The running logic of financial markets was that a big victory would let May face down hardline Brexiters in her party to make compromises needed for a smoother departure. ...
Oil price falls despite deal to extend output cut image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 03:28:00 PM
...." . Investors in the financial markets weren't much impressed by this agreement. ...
Greece fails to secure fresh bailout funds image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:40:41 PM
...."The feeling was. more work was needed to be able to have that kind of clarity that the financial markets understood and the Greek people understood (of) what to expect at the end of the programme period in terms of debt relief," Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said. ...
Church of England made stunning 17% return on investments in 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 01:08:44 PM
.... Our historic performance over a 30-year period shows annual growth of 9. 6% per annum, despite periods of turbulence in the financial markets and our own portfolio – an average of 6% per annum ahead of inflation. ...
Paul Polman: ‘I could boost Unilever shares. But cutting costs is not our way’ image
.... Those actions have boosted the share price by a fifth, which is the best defence against a bid, but Polman also wants to draw wider lessons – and among his intended audiences are governments. “The financial market has changed and you need to be clear on what you want,” he says. ...
Lloyds reaches landmark as government sells final shares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 04:45:44 PM
.... Then, he said, the bank had an “unsustainable” loan to deposit ratio of 177% – which made it reliant on borrowing on the markets to fund its growth. This has now fallen to 107% – almost a balance between its savers and depositors and requiring less funding on the financial markets. ...
Final taxpayer shares in Lloyds Banking Group to be sold off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 02:28:48 PM
.... Lloyds has set aside £100m to compensate 64 victims including the TV presenter Noel Edmonds but is facing questions about whether it will be enough. September 2008 A £12bn takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB comes just days after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent shockwaves through financial markets. ...
Mohamed El-Erian: ‘We get signals that the system is under enormous stress’ image
.... One road leads to higher growth and a more inclusive form of capitalism while the other turns towards recession, instability and turmoil. The speaker is Mohamed El-Erian, one of the biggest names in financial markets, who advised President Obama. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit vote will damage living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:14:34 AM
.... But the Bank’s policymakers said weaker consumer spending would be offset by rising business investment and an improving trade performance as the weak pound and solid overseas demand boost exports. Explaining its rates decision, the Bank hinted that financial markets’ recent expectations were on the low side and that a rate rise could come sooner than many investors expected. ...
UK will face pay squeeze this year as inflation spikes, warns thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 04:57:33 AM
....It said moves towards Brexit since the vote to quit the EU last June had made little impact on its forecasts. It said the triggering of article 50 had only a short term impact on financial markets, leaving the economy to move ahead, albeit at a slower pace than before the vote. ...
Why the global markets are ignoring the global turmoil | Nouriel Roubini image
.... And China is continuing to engage in – and in some cases escalate – its territorial disputes with regional neighbours. Despite these geopolitical risks, global financial markets have reached new heights. ...
The Great Recession hurt millions. Now, Republicans want to risk a repeat | Keith Ellison image
.... Dodd-Frank also empowered shareholders, financial regulators and investors to put a check on Wall Street. Because of Dodd-Frank, the financial markets have stabilized. ...
US jobs growth accelerates in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:37:34 PM
....If the evidence continues to support that view, then we can expect the Fed to raise interest rates again at meeting next month. That's certainly what the financial markets expect. ...
Will London survive as a financial centre after Brexit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 07:08:45 AM
....Brexit has set a hungry cat among the financial pigeons of the City of London. No one yet knows what kind of access to the European Union’s single financial market UK-based firms will have, and Theresa May’s call for a general election to be held on 8 June has further clouded the picture, at least in the short term. ...
Lloyds: Taxpayers get all their money back after rescue image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 05:01:52 PM
....". There were plans to sell off a large tranche of shares to the public rather than institutional investors, but this was scrapped last year, with then chancellor George Osborne blaming turmoil in global financial markets. ...
Presidential challenge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:10:40 PM
....It's true the government's borrowing costs are not high. One widely used measure is the yield or return in the financial market on government bonds or debt due for repayment in 10 years. ...
IMF ratchets up UK economic growth forecast to 2% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:00:29 PM
....”. The Fund listed six downside risks including: protectionism; faster than expected interest rate increases in the UK leading to financial market disruption; an aggressive rolling-back of financial regulation leading to excessive risk taking; and the vulnerability of China’s financial system after a period of rapid credit growth. ...
Facing the future image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 11:29:50 PM
.... . Algorithms routinely churn out news reports on the financial markets and sports - although, luckily for me, it seems they can't yet write feature articles about technology and economics. ...
Higher interest rates. Great idea. Here’s why it won’t happen image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 04:00:06 PM
.... Claudio Borio, head of the BIS, made a stab at it earlier this year. He rejected the argument put forward most forcefully by Larry Summers, the former US Treasury secretary, that baby-boomer saving, excessive by historical standards, has created a mismatch of supply and demand in financial markets and that with a surfeit of funds chasing a handful of investment opportunities, it was inevitable lending would yield low returns. ...
Students face sharp rise in interest on tuition loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:02:18 AM
....The foundation's report on tuition fee interest was called "The Packhorse Generation" to describe these increasing levels of debt. The government is also in the process of trying to sell off the student loan book to the financial markets. ...
Inflation is only going one way. Let's hope interest rates don't follow | Larry Elliott image
....That is provided there is not another downward lurch in sterling, because that would further raise the cost of imports and push the inflation rate closer to 4%. If the MPC sat tight under those circumstances, the financial markets might decide that the pound was a one-way bet and carry on selling. ...
Hull after Brexit – will the City of Culture regret voting out? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 02:30:03 PM
....Last November, in its 2015-16 annual report, which revealed income from worldwide operations of €79bn (£69bn) from a global workforce of 351,000, Siemens delivered a stark warning to its shareholders about the consequences of Britain leaving the EU. “The UK exit process could heighten business and consumer uncertainty, reduce investment in the UK, pose risks to financial markets and may increase the uncertainties about the future of the EU in the course of the UK exit negotiations,” it said. ...
London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse merger blocked by EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 09:58:06 AM
....Vestager confirmed on Wednesday that LSE and Deustche Börse had refused to meet her requests to offset concerns about competition. She said: “The European economy depends on well-functioning financial markets. ...
London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 09:24:57 AM
.... . London Stock Exchange Group said it "regrets" the commission's decision, as the deal would have created a "world-leading" financial markets firm. ...
Nervous markets take fright at prospect of Trump failing to deliver | Larry Elliott image
. Shares, oil and the US dollar were all under pressure as global financial markets took fright at the prospect that Donald Trump would fail to deliver on his growth-boosting promises. ...
Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:27:08 AM
....8% inflation in January to 2. 3% in February took inflation above the Bank of England’s 2% target and immediately raised expectations on financial markets that the Bank could raise interest rates sooner than previously thought to keep price rises in check. ...
Stock markets soar across Europe as FTSE clocks up new high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 06:58:16 PM
....Stock markets across Europe soared as traders reacted to the defeat of an anti-EU candidate in Dutch elections and the latest interest rate announcement from the US central bank. The Federal Reserve accompanied its latest rate rise this week with guidance that it would not tighten policy quite as much as financial markets anticipated this year. ...

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