Author Archive for Finlay Blair

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Donald Trump was found guilty in the first criminal trial of a former US president in the nation’s history. The verdict could influence the political landscape ahead of November’s US election, with sentencing scheduled for July 11, just days before the GOP convention.

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After interest rates peaked in November 2023, investors began to eagerly anticipate the point at which the Bank of England, the Fed and their counterparts would consider the battle against inflation won and begin to cut interest rates.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a general election for July 4, giving him just six weeks to convince voters to re-elect his government. The announcement led to increased volatility in the pound. Sunak’s strategy hinges on economic improvement, while Labour leader Keir Starmer argues that the next government will inherit the worst economic situation since World War II.

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Asian stocks rose in a relief rally, following US markets higher after a soft inflation report, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 closing at record highs amid optimism over potential Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts

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The Bank of England has decided to maintain its interest rates at 5.25% for the sixth consecutive time, but it has hinted at the possibility of a rate cut in June. Andrew Bailey, the Bank’s governor, suggested that a rate reduction next month could be on the table, noting that recent indicators show inflation moving in a favourable direction.

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The Federal Reserve decided to maintain the benchmark federal funds rate at 5.25% to 5.5%, where it has stood since July. This decision reflects ongoing concerns about inflation, supported by recent data indicating persistent price pressures in the US economy.

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