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Facebook’s cryptocurrency
Everything you need to know about Facebook’s cryptocurrency

The Facebook cryptocurrency, Libra, and its connected digital wallet, Calibra, will launch in 2020.

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Italy tussle overshadows euro’s birthday party

Europe’s single currency is 20 years old this year but its value against the dollar is close to recent low points. Suggestions that Italy could leave the euro have increased the pressure on the exchange rate.

Dan Atkinson
Gold making comeback as monetary asset
Gold making comeback as monetary asset

A rise in the gold price may be caused in part by renewed central-bank interest in bullion as a monetary asset. More than 40% of official gold sales in the years 1967-2008 have been reversed.

Dan Atkinson
 Poland’s blue-chip index
Mixed birthday tidings for Poland’s blue-chip index

The WIG20 Warsaw stock index lists many of the big names in the European Union’s seventh largest economy. But its performance this year has been patchy and it is well below its high point in 2007.

Dan Atkinson
Shares up but pound weaker as Tory leadership fight approaches first round

London shares were higher this morning but sterling lost ground as the fight to replace Theresa May as leader of the governing Conservative Party shifted up a gear.

Dan Atkinson
Bitcoin rally
Bitcoin rally loses a little ground but still ahead on the month

Cryptocurrencies have rallied this year after a truly dire 2018, but remain vulnerable to reverses of fortune. Despite lost ground in recent days, Bitcoin and others remain stronger than they were a month ago.

Dan Atkinson

Oil price pulled every which way

Oil traders face a dilemma in that there are equally good reasons for thinking the price will rise or fall. But the OPEC cartel is taking a positive view, although warning of downside risks.

Dan Atkinson
Weaker yuan draws further US fire

China’s currency valuation has long been a sore point in Washington. The yuan has dipped again recently, to its lowest value since December last year, bringing further US criticism. Are economists correct to speculate that this may well be currency manipulation to counter President Trump’s tariff war with Beijing?

Dan Atkinson
Gold puzzle: Holmes is on the case

The gold price has been remarkably steady since 2014, with only a brief burst of volatility in the middle of that period. But inflation is low, and geopolitical tensions seem containable; so what is holding up the value of gold?

Dan Atkinson
Sydney shares cheer Australia’s centre-right election triumph

Share prices toast a surprise win for Australia’s centre-right coalition. But critics say the climate is the big loser from the Labor Party’s defeat.

Dan Atkinson
London stock exchange
London shares higher despite Tory Party hammering in European elections

Stock markets have brushed off the disastrous result for the ruling Conservative Party in European Parliamentary elections, but sterling was lower across the board. Attention now shifts to the question of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May by winning the leadership contest.

Dan Atkinson
Oil calm despite troubled waters

From Iran and Venezuela to Russia and the United Arab Emirates, potential supply problems crowd the oil market. Yet prices have, so far, remained calm and energy officials have praised all who have helped stabilise the position.

Dan Atkinson
Gold fails to cash in on trade war, but that may be changing

As the US and China square up for an escalating trade dispute, gold should have benefitted as a safe-haven asset. This hasn’t really happened yet, but the price may be on the turn.

Dan Atkinson
Madrid stocks bounce back from recent lows but still trail the early 2018 performance

Spanish blue-chip shares have recovered from the slump since the start of the year but still lag in comparison to their performance 12 months ago. This is despite the current good health of the economy and a recent election victory for the moderate socialist party increasing the government’s political security.

Dan Atkinson
London markets ride out Brexit turbulence

As Britain counts down to European Parliament elections on 23 May, the pound and share prices began the week in resilient form. But with clouds gathering over the governing Conservative Party, this could change rapidly.

Dan Atkinson
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Economic calendar
Today, 18 June, 2019
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HIGH ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment -2.1
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HIGH Consumer Price Index YoY 2.10%
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HIGH BoC Consumer Price Index Core YoY 1.50%
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