London strengthens grip on currencies market, BIS survey shows

  London has strengthened its grip as the global centre for the vast foreign exchange and derivatives markets, pulling away from New York and shrugging off fears that Brexit would dent its dominance. A triennial survey by the Bank for International S...
  • September 16, 2019

Northern Ireland pins its hopes on a Brexit deal

  Looking after his cattle on picturesque land about 20 miles north of the Irish border, Charlie Weir expressed regret at voting Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Deeply worried that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 could decimate his dairy farm in ...
  • September 16, 2019

Fed wrestles with trade uncertainty ahead of second rate cut

  Sales have been great this year for Winton Machine, a 35-person firm in Suwanee, Georgia, that makes machines that bend metal tubes. Lisa Winton, chief executive, attributes its success to landmark tax reforms signed into law by US President Donald...
  • September 16, 2019

Oil prices soar after attacks halve Saudi output

  Oil prices soared as much as 20 per cent to above $71.00 a barrel as markets reopened after a big attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure cut more than half the country’s production this weekend. The dramatic rally, which follows news that Saud...
  • September 16, 2019

Barnier says Brexit situation is ‘serious and uncertain’

  Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator, has told MEPs that the Brexit situation is “serious and uncertain” and he is still waiting to see comprehensive proposals from the UK to avoid a hard Irish border. But there is a growing belief in Brussels and W...
  • September 16, 2019

London stock market is ailing and it deserves the kiss of life

  Helios Towers, operator of mobile masts in Africa, has dusted off old plans to list in London. But even if it achieves a £2bn valuation, it won’t do much to resuscitate the UK’s sluggish market in initial public offerings. The roster of new compani...
  • September 15, 2019

How China dodged a trade war recession

  The escalation of the trade war between the US and China in the past 18 months has cast a pall over business sentiment and growth in the advanced economies. By contrast, activity growth in China has remained fairly robust at around 7 per cent, and ...
  • September 15, 2019

Trade gloom drives French and German economic divergence

  A modern commercial estate converted from old warehouses and television studios in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers may hold the key to understanding why France’s economy is outperforming compared with the eurozone’s longstanding powerhouse, Germa...
  • September 15, 2019
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