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GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 19 September 2016

19 Sep 2016
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 19 September 2016
Global stockmarkets were volatile as investors awaited the outcome of the US Federal Reserve’s and Bank of Japan’s rate setting meetings next week.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 16 SEPTEMBER 2016

16 Sep 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Nine out of ten US equity funds underperformed their benchmarks in the year to the end of June. A report from S&P Global found that over the last decade 87.5% of US equity funds underperformed.

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FWD’s WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS – 09 September 2016

09 Sep 2016
FWD’s WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS – 09 September 2016
The Bank of England governor says the bank took “timely, comprehensive and concrete" procedures in order to “help the economy to adjust" and prevent a post Brexit recession. He added that he is prepared cut interest rates further if necessary.

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FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 02 September 2016

02 Sep 2016
FWD'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE NEWS - 02 September 2016
Britain’s Debt management Office is set to issue a 30 year inflation-protected bond as investors clamour for ways to protect against rising inflation, set to rise to 3% by 2017.

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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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