The rise in popularity of online trading platforms has attracted millions of new investors and speculators to global financial markets in the past couple of years - two years that, until late January 2018, had only seen stock markets move higher
Four international investment groups called on investors to quit the tobacco industry last year. In a statement, Axa, Calpers, Scor and AMP Capital, along with 50 other firms with investments totalling $3.8tn, pledged "to openly support the tobacco control measures being taken by governments around the world".
Sterling was under pressure on Wednesday after higher UK unemployment cast doubt over the prospect of a near-term rate hike from the Bank of England. Nevertheless, wage inflation picked up.
Rarer than gold, platinum and palladium are racing each other for price dominance
Oil prices have been in thrall to the actions of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for many months, after the cartel arranged production cuts with Russia in January 2017, but this relationship is undergoing a change
Stock markets have undergone a correction in recent trading sessions, which has come as some benefit to a range of haven assets
While keeping UK interest rates on hold, the Bank of England (BoE) sent a strong message on Thursday for investors to expect more rate tightening in the not-too-distant future.