Venezuelan Constituent Assembly declares itself superior

For the week ending 11 August 2017

  • War of words between North Korea and US intensifies amid UN sanctions
  • US inflation rises less than expected
  • Venezuelan Constituent Assembly declares itself superior
  • UK floats trial balloon on divorce settlement
  • FTSE 100 hits a 3 month low

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Trump signs bill sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea

For the week ending 4 August 2017

  • US nonfarm payrolls rise
  • Grand jury empaneled in Russia/election probe
  • Dow sets record on impressive corporate earnings
  • Trump signs bill sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea
  • US considers trade action against China
  • Greenspan sees bond bubble

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S&P 500 and MSCI World among record-setters

For the week ending 21 July 2017

  • S&P 500 and MSCI World among record-setters
  • Foreign investment in US real estate hits new high
  • Trump’s pro-growth agenda further snagged
  • BOJ pushes inflation deadline back again
  • ECB to discuss QE this autumn

 

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Fed chair suggests monetary policy won’t change

For the week ending 14 July 2017

  • Fed chair suggests monetary policy won’t change
  • China inflation running low
  • G-20 summit concludes
  • Bank of Canada hikes rates
  • US retail sales miss expectations

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UK Interest Rates Rise & Impact on DB Pensions



In the UK, interest rates have been kept at 0.25% by the Monetary Policy Committee. Nonetheless, the fall of the pound and the ongoing inflation means the MPC had to discuss a 0.25% rise, bringing interest rates to 0.5% by the end of this year.

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