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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 26 August 2016

26 Aug 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 26 August 2016
Stocks and shares ISAs attracted record subscriptions during the 2015/16 financial year, despite low investor confidence levels, as cash rates remained at rock bottom.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 19 August 2016

19 Aug 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 19 August 2016
The City of London is believed to be targeting a bespoke deal to trade with the European Union along the lines of the Swiss model, having abandoned plans for universal access to the single market.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 15 AUGUST 2016

15 Aug 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 15 AUGUST 2016
Disappointing US retail sales and data indicating the Chinese economy was continuing to slow provided a boost for bonds but weighed on global stock markets. However, this was partly offset by a rise in oil prices.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 08 August 2016

12 Aug 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 08 August 2016
Equity ETFs attracted a net $15bn from investors in the first half of this year, significantly down from £102bn in the same period in 2015, according to ETFGI. The figures come after volatile trading conditions in January and February, followed by concerns about the impact of Brexit.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 08 AUGUST 2016

09 Aug 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 08 AUGUST 2016
The FTSE 100 rose 1.0% over the week, to close at its highest level in more than a year. The Bank of England cut interest rates by 25bps to 0.25%, its first cut since 2009, and said it stood ready to make further cuts if necessary, noting that it expected UK growth to fall to just above zero in the coming months. It also announced it would buy £70 billion of bonds in an effort to stimulate the UK economy in the wake of the shock Brexit vote.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 25 JULY 2016

25 Jul 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 25 JULY 2016
A quieter week for financial markets as investors continued to digest second-quarter earnings reports.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 22 JULY 2016

22 Jul 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 22 JULY 2016
Sterling falls as UK PMI falls to lowest level since financial crisis Sterling has fallen over 0.8% as it was revealed Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index hit its lowest level since the global financial crisis. The PMI fall shows a dramatic deterioration in the UK economy, with a reading below 50 indicating economic contraction. However, exports picked up, driven by the weakened pound.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 18 JULY 2016

18 Jul 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 18 JULY 2016
The FTSE 100 rose 1.2% over the week. Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 of more domestically focused mid-cap stocks rallied 3.4%.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 15 JULY 2016

15 Jul 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 15 JULY 2016
Lord Hill plans EU cross-border investment legacy On ending his tenure in Brussels, Britain’s outgoing EU commissioner has made a proposal to help venture capital funds do business throughout Europe. As Lord Hill suggests, it can be done by cancelling national fees and other obstacles to international investing.

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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 11 July 2016

11 Jul 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 11 July 2016
Core sovereign bond yields fell to fresh lows and global stockmarkets also gained in the wake of the UK’s referendum result.

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