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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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Rising commodities
Rising commodities: who are the winners in fast-moving markets?

Gold, cocoa and cotton are among a number of recent rising commodities. But anyone keen to try their hand needs to remember that winners can quickly become losers in this fast-moving scene.

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Oil weaker despite vow to bolster output cuts

Oil prices were lower this morning despite a joint Russia-Saudi Arabia declaration yesterday to maintain curbs on production. Fears of recession and excess production are keeping a lid on crude prices.

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FAANG stocks
FAANG stocks: where next for the Silicon Valley elite?

The FAANG stocks - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – have been the toast of the long stock-market boom of recent years. But are they past their peak, and do they still have much in common with each other?

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Rouble reflects sound Russian fiscal stance

Russia’s rouble has held steady against major currencies in the past 12 months, reflecting surpluses in both the country’s public finances and its current account. However, such government caution has resulted in delays for a number of planned infrastructure projects.

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Gold shines brightly in a low-rate world

Gold has seen its price swing markedly higher during the past 12 months, helped on its way by lower US interest rates. But more normal monetary conditions and a return to political stability could send the price sharply back to earth.

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Dow rides high on back of interest-rate cuts

Easier credit has propelled the blue-chip Dow Jones index out of its late-2018 doldrums, this momentum seems set to continue. But are there lessons from history for traders and investors?

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Markets steady as Brexit talks resume

Critical talks between London and Brussels resume today as the October 31st deadline for leaving the European Union comes into sight. Markets were steady this morning but that could change very quickly if no deal is agreed.

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Big week for oil as crude prices steady

This is looking to be a big week for the oil industry, with changes to the Saudi Aramco float package and warnings of war with Iran from Riyadh. Furthermore, the OPEC cartel has asked all oil-producing nations to join forces.

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unemployment rate
The unemployment rate: why it matters to traders and investors

Unemployment may seem like a secondary economic indicator when set against growth or the prices or the current account. But it can be a rich source of information to guide traders towards profitable strategies.

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Upward momentum for Switzerland’s mighty money

The Swiss franc (CHF), the hardest currency in the world, is touching 12-month highs against the euro (EUR) and the dollar (USD). But this is not always good news for the country’s export sector

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Gold prices: taking a breather or at their peak?

The gold price has been on a roll for most of this year, buoyed by the prospect of US interest rate cuts. But recently, bullion’s upward momentum seems to have faltered.

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Government debt
Government debt: all you need to know

Figures for government borrowing are eagerly scrutinised by market players, but what do they really mean? Is high borrowing always bad, and if not, why not?

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Trade war helps put lid on Tokyo stock prices

Japan’s blue-chip Nikkei 225 index has caught the fall-out from the US-China tariff war, perhaps unfairly given Tokyo and Washington are making progress on their own trade deal. But the country’s economic prospects remain generally sound, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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Markets sag but pound resilient as Supreme Court Brexit verdict is awaited

UK-listed stocks fell this morning as investors wait for the Supreme Court to rule on a key Brexit-related issue. These share-price losses were mirrored across Europe, with the pound actually rise against the euro.

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foreign direct investment
Foreign direct investment: all you need to know

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows total more than $800 billion as capital jumps national frontiers in search of profitable returns. But the numbers have declined recently, and there are drawbacks as well as benefits to being a magnet economy for FDI.

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