This week is a fairly quiet one when it comes to major announcements in financial markets – it's mainly about the central banks, and speculation as to when the next global interest rate rises will be coming.
Wednesday evening sees the release of the minutes from the last rate setting meeting in the US by the Federal Reserve. But Thursday is likely to be the more closely watched as the European Central Bank releases its minutes.
At the moment, it is widely expected that the next change for interest rates in the Eurozone won't be coming till next summer – any hints that the bank is revising its view and bringing that forward could help provide at least some support to a weak euro, which only last week hit its worst levels against the US dollar for 13 months.
It's a historic week for stock markets. On Wednesday, assuming there is not some sort of mega-crash in the meantime, the US stock market can celebrate the longest bull run in its history.
On 22 August, the recovery (and much more) from the March 2009 post-financial crisis lows will be 3,453 days old, eclipsing the 1990s-market rally that ended as the technology bubble burst.