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Market Bulletin (05/04/2016)

Guns and steel   China may have been producing steel more than 2,000 years ago, but it was in Britain that modern steelmaking began in the 1850s. Last week in Mumbai, the board of Tata announced its decision to sell off Britain’s largest steel producer, the direct

Market Bulletin (28/03/2016)

Questions of union   After 58 years as de facto capital of the European Union and symbol of Europe’s postwar peace, Brussels last week suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Newspapers, politicians and markets were all quick to respond.   The price of gold, that favoured haven

Market Bulletin (14/03/2016)

Negative money   At some point, even the best magician runs out of tricks. In their quest to spur growth and inflation, central bankers in some of the world’s more sluggish economies have been turning in recent months to untried techniques and extreme measures. Thus almost a

Market Bulletin (07/03/2016)

Tale of two economies   It might not yet be the best of times for the US economy, but data released last week persuaded markets that there was no longer any need to expect the worst.   One of the most common prefaces to a recession is a tidal

Market Bulletin (29/02/2016)

Sound as a pound?   Last week the world’s oldest surviving currency suffered its worst beating against the dollar in seven years. Sterling, the 1,200-year-old Anglo-Saxon currency, has shown itself to be highly vulnerable to developments in the UK’s relationship with Europe, at least in the short

Market Bulletin (22/02/2016)

Add and divide   On Friday last week David Cameron secured a compromise deal with the European Union that enabled him to announce a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, to be held on 23 June.   This was the cue for a familiar sight in British

Market Bulletin (15/02/2016)

Minus signs?   Last week, stock markets continued to flash red, pushing some of the world’s leading indices close to bear territory (defined as 20% below the previous peak). The S&P 500 fell 1.3% last week, while the FTSE 100 was down 2.4%, although a welcome bounce

Market Bulletin (08/02/2016)

Monkey business   After the previous week’s gains, the sense of unease that has dominated since the New Year saw stock markets lose ground once again last week. The S&P 500, the world’s leading stock index, is down almost 5% since the year began. Last week, as

Market Bulletin (01/02/2016)

Ornament and safeguard?   After several weeks of frenzied stock movements claiming newspaper headlines, it came as a relief last week to find attention turning instead to those most ponderous of market makers, the central banks.   The S&P 500 and FTSEurofirst 300 both enjoyed steady if unspectacular rises

Market Bulletin (25/01/2016)

Done decoupling?   Last week investors had to contend with news that major world bourses were in bear market territory – that is, a fall of at least 20% from peak to trough; such headlines generate understandable unease. Yet the stories of markets and economies in 2016

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