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

08 Jul 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 08 JULY 2016
LGIM cuts value of 2.3bn UK Property fund by 15%Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has made a 15% downward adjustment to the value of its £2.3bn UK Property fund, as property funds continue to suffer in the wake of the EU referendum.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 01 July 2016

01 Jul 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 01 July 2016
Aberdeen chief executive, Martin Gilbert, has warned that investors in the UK and Europe will suffer if Brexit turns into a “messy divorce”. He urged investors to remain calm after the vote, however, saying that the market volatility since the result of the referendum should be viewed as a chance to buy favoured companies at cheaper prices.

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Global Markets Update - Monday 27 June 2016

27 Jun 2016
Global Markets Update - Monday 27 June 2016
​The FTSE 100 ended an extraordinary week up 2.0%. The index surged ahead of the referendum as investors anticipated a win for the Remain campaign, but plunged almost 8% on Friday morning as the news broke of the Leave campaign’s victory before recovering somewhat by the end of the day.

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