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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017

14 Aug 2017
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017
Global stockmarkets retreated as investors were spooked by rising tensions between the US and North Korea. In contrast, core sovereign bonds and gold benefitted from their safe haven status, as did the yen and the Swiss franc.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 7 August 2017

07 Aug 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 7 August 2017
In a heavy week for data releases, global stockmarkets ended the week slightly higher and bond yields fell.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 31 JULY 2017

31 Jul 2017
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 31 JULY 2017
Global stockmarkets weakened as tech stocks suffered another setback. Tobacco stocks were also undermined by news that the FDA may force nicotine levels in cigarettes to be lowered.

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‘It was the readers wot won it’ The effect of newspapers and social media on politics

27 Jul 2017
‘It was the readers wot won it’ The effect of newspapers and social media on politics
Last night I attended the excellent London Press Club debate ‘It was the readers wot won it’, It was chaired by Andrew Rawnsley (Observer) and included panellists Amanda Platell (Daily Mail), John Rentoul (Independent), Simon Robinson (Reuters) and Kevin Schofield (Politics Home).

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 24 JULY 2017

24 Jul 2017
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 24 JULY 2017
In a quiet week for data releases, the euro continued to climb and the US dollar weakened as investors looked to central banks for clues as to the timing of future policy moves.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 17 JULY 2017

17 Jul 2017
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 17 JULY 2017
Global stockmarkets gained as weaker-than-expected US economic data and comments from Fed chair Janet Yellen raised hopes that US policy normalisation would be gradual.

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Is Wetherspoons setting the bar for GDPR?

13 Jul 2017
Is Wetherspoons setting the bar for GDPR?
Tim Martin, prominent Brexiteer and founder of Wetherspoons, the pub chain, is great at making the headlines when he wants to, but the news that Wetherspoons had deleted its entire customer database on purpose, was hardly picked up at all.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 10 July 2017

10 Jul 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 10 July 2017
Global stockmarkets were unsettled by the continued rises in bond yields. An intercontinental ballistic missile test by North Korea also caused some concern.

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WannaCry virus fails to stimulate surge in Cyber insurance, according to FWD broker research

03 Jul 2017
WannaCry virus fails to stimulate surge in Cyber insurance,  according to FWD broker research
A recent survey of 250 UK insurance broking firms, however, shows that following the attack there has surprisingly been little increase at all in the number of enquiries for Cyber insurance cover.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 3 July 2017

03 Jul 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 3 July 2017
Global bonds and the US dollar fell after more hawkish comments from the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada raised speculation that they were soon to join the Federal Reserve in starting to normalise monetary policy. The news also unsettled global stockmarkets.

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