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James Hester

James Hester began covering commodities markets before switching to the financial advice sector and then as an investment writer for asset managers, covering equities, fixed income and alternative asset classes. Today, he writes about the global capital markets and the drivers of investors’ returns.

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FCA proposes to widen ombudsman access to SMEs

The UK´s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed to widen access to the Financial Ombudsman beyond just consumers and micro enterprises, giving thousands of other organisations the right to bring complaints.

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US sanctions to hit Microsoft´s Russian software sales

New US sanctions on Russia are beginning to impact Microsoft´s activities in the country.

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Oil prices steady as Saudi Arabia points to output cut extension

Oil prices steadied on Monday, boosted by hopes that OPEC and non-OPEC members would continue their pact to cut production beyond 2018. There was, however, also news of rising production from Libya.

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Amazon opens first AI retail outlet

Amazon has opened its first cashier-less convenience store, operated through artificial intelligence.

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Gold and silver get boost from weak dollar

Gold and silver prices firmed on Friday amid dollar weakness and worries over a potential US government shutdown.

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Fevertree jumps on takeover speculation

Shares in London-listed beverages name Fevertree Drinks traded 8% higher on Friday morning amid speculation that it could be acquired by consumer goods giant Unilever.

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Tesla ramps up Model 3 marketing efforts as competition heats up

Tesla has ramped up the marketing efforts for its new Model 3 car in a sign the group is feeling increasingly confident it can imminently raise production levels. Competition, however, is also intensifying.

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Morgan Stanley reports boost from wealth management arm

Morgan Stanley shares ended 0.89% higher in Thursday´s New York trading session after the group beat fourth-quarter earnings and revenue expectations.

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Morgan Stanley enters crypto clearing market

Morgan Stanley is to join rival Goldman Sachs in clearing bitcoin futures trades for clients, a sign that the crypto is becoming increasingly mainstream.

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Oil prices drop on rising US production

Crude oil prices weakened on Friday after data showed US production had picked up.

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China´s economy picks up steam but economists remain cautious

China´s economy picked up steam in 2017, and while there´s much scepticism about the official data coming out the country, the recent upturn could be even stronger than the figures suggest. Economists, however, remain cautious on the outlook.

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Ripple stages sharp rally as sentiment improves

Ripple (XRP) staged a sharp rally on Thursday, rising over 50% on the trading session as worries surrounding regulatory crackdowns in South Korea and China appeared to ease.

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OPEC points to strong growth in North American oil output

OPEC is projecting strong output growth from outside its cartel this year, driven by surging production in North America.

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Apple steps up US investment after tax changes

Apple has announced plans to step up investment in the US in the wake of tax reform changes that will see it repatriate billions of dollars from overseas.

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Bitcoin prices drop as CBOE boosts market efficiency

Bitcoin players are debating the reason for the latest big drop in prices, with some commentators pointing to the closure of the first futures contracts on the Chicago Stock Exchange (CBOE) as likely playing a role.

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