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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Brexit talks go down to the wire

Sterling and London stocks were higher this morning as UK and European Union negotiators prepared for a fresh round of talks starting on 2 May. Both sides seem deadlocked over key issues concerning Britain’s future trading relation with the 27-nation bloc.

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Oil: signs of a price recovery
Oil: signs of a price recovery

Crude prices have slumped since the start of the year as the coronavirus has led to widespread economic lock-down. But traders seem now to be anticipating a recovery in demand for “black gold”.

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Euro turns 21, but not everyone is cheering
Euro turns 21, but not everyone is cheering

Launched in January 1999, the euro has proved a blessing for some member-countries but posed problems for others. This is reflected in the different prospects for economic growth across the single currency bloc.

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Gold soars 36% in 12 months as panicked world seeks safe havens
Gold soars 36% in 12 months as panicked world seeks safe havens

Bullion’s year-long surge shows no sign of ending as a world gripped by recession fears in the wake of the coronavirus crisis turns to the oldest monetary asset of all. Suggestions this week of further stimulus measures for the US economy helped strengthen gold at the expense of the dollar.

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“Fear index” subsides but remains high

The Volatility Index calculated by the Chicago Board Options Exchange hit a peak in March as the coronavirus crisis gripped world markets, but has since comes down a little. However, it remains considerably higher than at the start of the year.

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London markets higher despite Brexit talks deadlock

Shares and the pound were up in London this morning despite the failure so far of talks on Britain’s future trading relationship with the European Union. Suggestions that both sides have more “wriggle room” may have helped, as may a Europe-wide share-price rise.

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Will oil price recover
Will the oil price recover?

After the traumas in the crude market in recent weeks, many are asking: will the oil price recover? It is currently caught in the crossfire of a number of economic developments but history teaches that “black gold” has always bounced back from its difficulties – the only question is when?

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Dow Jones predictions next week
Dow Jones predictions next week: renewed signs of life after torrid three months

The Dow Jones index has fallen by more than 18 per cent this year. Recently it has shown signs of life, so what are the Dow Jones predictions for next week?

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Tentative recovery for oil prices

Oil prices have climbed back from recent low, bolstered by further production cuts and hopes for higher demand as lock-down restrictions are eased. But American experts warn it will be 18 months before US fuel demand returns to pre-crisis levels.

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Dollar slips against the yen on coronavirus crisis

Once a currency-market flashpoint, the yen/dollar relationship has been calmer in recent years. But with both countries feeling the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, stability between these two huge monetary units cannot be guaranteed.

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Italian stocks begin a long climb back
Italian stocks begin a long climb back

Italy’s blue chip FTSE MIB index has been devastated by the coronavirus crisis, unsurprising, perhaps, given this was the country where the disease fir hit Europe. But now there are signs of a slow recovery for the Milan exchange.

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Stock market forecast
Stock market forecast for the week beginning May 4

The first four months of this year have been brutal for stock markets round the world, with traders gripped by fears of a coronavirus-induced slump. But looking at the stock market forecast for next week, there are signs that the worst may be over.

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Euro is weaker despite steps to lift lock-down
Euro is weaker despite steps to lift lock-down

Europe’s single currency the euro is weaker on foreign exchanges despite moves in key continental economies to lift the coronavirus lock-down. Reports suggest the European Central Bank may be preparing to buy junk bonds to help stabilise the euro-zone.

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Oil price crash gathers pace
Oil price crash gathers pace

Oil prices were lower again this morning as hopes of support for crude came to nothing. Now there are fears that, as happened last week, prices could turn negative as traders and producers pay to have their oil taken away.

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Gold: an asset for all seasons or barbarous yellow relic?

With the world sliding into recession, you may have expected the gold price to take a hit, given falling demand for its role as a hedge against inflation. But bullion is trading at 12-monthly highs, proof, to “gold bugs”, that it continues to shine through boom and bust.

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