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Dan Atkinson

Dan Atkinson is a British writer, journalist and author specialising in financial and economic matters. He has worked in this field for UK newspapers including The Guardian and The Mail on Sunday, reporting from around the world. He has since worked as a copywriter and content strategist for household-name financial institutions, and is the author or co-author of six books on social, financial and economic affairs.

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Mixed picture at the Berkeley Group

Leading UK housebuilder the Berkeley Group increased pre-tax profits by 15.1% in the year to the end of April. But it warned that profitability is likely to decline by 30% from the current financial year.

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Key meeting for eurozone finance ministers

The 19 eurozone finance ministers meet tomorrow with a busy schedule ahead of them. They gather just days after France and Germany agreed on a eurozone budget and at a time of stronger growth in the bloc.

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Four reasons why trading CFDs is better than trading shares

Contracts for difference (CFDs) offer a flexible and cost-effective alternative to shares for those wanting to trade on financial markets. There are tax benefits to CFD trading and the ability to leverage your capital to magnify your market position.

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Chart trading: an introduction

How can price charts help a trader predict the future movement of an asset, up or down? “Chartism” has passionate supporters in the trading community, but sceptics are less convinced – how should you treat charts?

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All eyes on US retail figures

American retail figures for May, released later today, will be scrutinised for clues as to the health of the world’s largest economy. Analysts are expecting another strong month, but the figures have been volatile recently, so an upset is possible.

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“Winning cities” bet pays off for Schroder

Schroder’s European real estate trust has seen its half-year profit rise by 157%. The results seem to vindicate the trust’s strategy of investing in Europe’s fast-growing cities and regions.

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Contrarian trading: the secret of success or a recipe for failure? 

Contrarian traders bet against the crowd, staking their money on the basis that markets will wrong-foot most investors most of the time. Are they courageous mavericks or arrogant and deluded – and do they make or lose money? 

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Fed meets as US rates set to rise

America’s central bank is meeting as many observers believe the strength of the US economy justifies further rate rises. But while jobs and prices are robust, growth and consumer spending have slowed.

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US deficit narrows as trade war begins

America’s trade gap in goods has narrowed slightly, thanks to a fall in imports. But with President Trump slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium, a full-blown trade war is in the offing.

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Euro-zone retail sales at three-month high

Retail sales in the eurozone during May reversed April’s fall and hit a three-month high, according to new figures. Germany led the way, with sales reaching a 13-month peak.

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American job data under the microscope

Employment growth has been a centrepiece of the Trump administration’s economic record. Figures later today may show whether the long-term trend remains encouraging.

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OPEC to meet after successful oil-price deal

The energy cartel OPEC meets in Vienna this month as a successful deal to curb production has buoyed the oil price. But the arrangement expires at the end of the year, so what comes next?

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Big business at the “world’s greatest flat race”

The Epsom Derby on 2 June 2018 is one of the world’s great horse-races. Less appreciated is that the Derby is also big business, from sponsorship and hospitality to betting in the tens of millions of pounds.

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How a CFD trade works in terms of fees and commissions

Contracts for difference make up an increasingly popular route to the trading of financial assets of all kinds. But fees and commissions vary greatly across brokers, assets and markets, so here we help you to cut through the confusion.

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Share surge at Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle’s shares jumped more than five per cent after news of a 23 per cent profit surge. The global ingredients giant achieved the profit rise despite a two per cent fall in sales.

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