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As Istanbul Fight for Democracy, Markets Kept on Edge

24 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Mayoral elections were held yesterday again in Istanbul, Turkey, after the results in March were annulled because of alleged voting irregularities in the process, according to the AK Party, the opposing party.

Last night's results were the same as those in March, that Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) is now the new mayor of Istanbul. This result comes as a blow to Tayyip Erdogan, whose party lost by almost 800,000 votes.

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Political Tension Behind the Slippage of Asian Stocks

21 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Asian stocks slipped yesterday as fears of military confrontation in the Middle East Gulf were raised after Iran shot down a U.S military drone, according to Reuters.

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The Fed Considering July Rate Cut

20 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman, Jerome Powell announced in a press conference yesterday that interest rates will remain the same "but indicated that it could soon cut them as economic risks mounted and inflation remained stuck below target," according to the New York Times.

Due to continuing trade tension and slowing global economic growth, a number of officials on the Fed's policymaking committee expect to lower rates before the end of the year.

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Facebook to Release Own Cryptocurrency in 2020

19 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The social media giant, Facebook Inc, is planning to release its very own cryptocurrency, named Libra, by next year. The hope is that the Libra will be traded on a global scale in the future.

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UK Economy Heading for Zero Growth

18 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

According to a report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) business investments across the UK are coming to a halt and the economy is forecasted to see zero growth in the second quarter.

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April Stats Show German Exports Decline

07 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

German exports fell by 0.5 percent from April 2018 to April 2019, according to the Trade Balance report released by the Statistisches Bundesamt Deautschland

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Fiat Withdraws Deal to Merge with Renault

06 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Fiat Chrysler withdrew its proposal to merge with French automaker Renault due to the lack of political conditions that would ensure a successful deal.

The talks between the two automobile companies have been going on since May and after a series of late-night meetings, the French government requested a vote for or against the merger to be delayed.

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Trade News Stirs Economic Waters

05 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The hot topic lately in the news is trade. During President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain and his meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, he encouraged the UK to get Brexit over with so that the U.S and the UK could come to a trade deal. According to Bloomberg, Trump said that a deal would triple trade between the two countries.

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UK Retail Sales Drop for May

04 June 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) released its Like-For-Like Retail Sales report, which measures changes in the actual value of retail sales from participating companies with invaluable management information on a regular and reliable basis. For May this report showed retail sales dropped by 2.7 percent, which is the biggest drop since 1995.

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Market focus

  • Germany's trade surplus rose slightly in October
  • Swiss unemployment rate remained unchanged in November
  • China says hopes it can reach trade agreement with U.S. as soon as possible
  • Eurozone investor confidence rose sharply in December - Sentix

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