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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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Global Markets Update - Monday 26 June 2017

26 Jun 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 26 June 2017
Global stockmarkets ended the week broadly unchanged, although oil prices slid to the lowest levels this year.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 19 June 2017

19 Jun 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 19 June 2017
The US raised interest rates once more, and global stockmarkets retreated slightly as central banks in the US, UK and Canada delivered hawkish comments.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 12 June 2017

12 Jun 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 12 June 2017
In general, global stockmarkets shrugged-off the UK general election result indicating significant uncertainty had already been priced into markets due to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Sterling was the main casualty. The OECD revised its prediction for global growth this year to 3.5%, up from 3.3% in March, as increased trade and investment flows offset a weaker outlook in the US. This would be the global economy’s best performance since 2011.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 5 June 2017

05 Jun 2017
Global Markets Update - Monday 5 June 2017
Global equities and bonds rallied over the three-week period as a ‘goldilocks’ scenario of steady, but unspectacular, growth and subdued inflation was seen to delay any move to withdraw central bank support for markets.

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