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UK consumers push ahead with hunt for bargains

UK retail sales increased by 1.4% in March on a like-for-like basis from March 2017, when they had decreased 1% from the preceding year, according to the latest British Retail Consortium/KPMG report

Brian Bollen
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Weak US payrolls number hints at tight labour market

Fewer jobs than expected were created in the US during March, but rather than suggesting a burgeoning weak spot in its economy, many believe the slowdown in jobs growth is emblematic of a tightening labour market

Neil Dennis

Investor uncertainty as tech giants face chillier political climate

The prospect of tougher regulation on both sides of the Atlantic has cast a cloud over the tech stocks that have powered the recent share-price boom. Investors in the FANG companies – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – may be getting nervous.

Dan Atkinson
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Corporate earnings, shape of things to come

By all accounts, first quarter earnings look phenomenal thanks to a tax boost but whether or not they're enduring causes a ripple of concern.

Claire Hunte
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AIM’s ideals questioned as average market cap hits record

AIM describes itself on owner London Stock Exchange's website as "the most successful growth market in the world", and this week the Alternative Investment Market's average market capitalisation hit a record high

Neil Dennis
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Inflation in the US

The Federal Reserve admits surprise that US inflation remains subdued, yet expects the rate to edge up only slightly to 2.1% next year and stay unchanged in 2020. What’s the danger of it getting behind the curve on price stability?

Graham Buck
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What's driving crude oil prices?

The price of crude oil has surged 20% in the last year. Part of the price climb was the result of stronger global growth and emerging market demand. And in the last six weeks the oil price has headed north again.

Adrian Holliday

Clamp down on cryptocurrency spread betting

Spread betting firms fell under the spotlight on Tuesday when the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced plans to ban ‘binary’ options sales to retail clients and restrict the sales of Contract for Differences (CFDs).

Alison Bloomer
dollars

Dollar doldrums likely to persist on clouded risk outlook

The US dollar has been the weakest of the G10 currencies - barring the odd uptick - for about 15 months and has demonstrated that economic strength and interest rate hikes do not necessarily act in support of a currency

Neil Dennis

2017 US earnings review

In 2017 the S&P 500 was on a roll. For the first time in its history it produced positive total returns every month.

Claire Veares
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Bank of England votes 7-2 for no-change

The Bank of England, as predicted by City analysts, left UK interest rates on hold 0.50% today

Adrian Holliday
Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve and interest rates

It’s widely assumed that the first policy-making committee meeting under the Federal Reserve’s new chairman, Jerome Powell, will be marked today with a further quarter point hike in US interest rates. But might it be held off until May?

Graham Buck
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Tech wreck? When lost data, a privacy breach, politics and Facebook collide

Facebook lost more than just face after the story broke on Monday that a firm, Cambridge Analytica, allowed to share user data manipulated it for political ends.

Claire Hunte
Germany

German confidence fades as US trade war looms

The German economy is still in top gear – but confidence is waning over fears of a possible US trade war, coupled with a strong euro that is making exports more expensive.

Richard Reed
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Rising geopolitical risk and its impact on assets

Hegel, the German philosopher, said that periods of happiness are empty pages in history. While peace and tranquility usually bring gains to financial markets, they tend to be slow-building and cyclical - depending on the state of the economy

Neil Dennis