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Sterling strength gives Bank of England rate-setters a headache


LONDON - As the Bank of England moves closer to raising interest rates for the first time since 2007, the strength of sterling is causing disagreement among its policymakers over when to pull the trigger.


Germans fret over Europe's future but still believe

BRUSSELS - The battle for Europe will be won or lost in Germany.

New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing

LONDON - New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market strategies.


Funds add equities but cut U.S stocks to five-year low as Fed looms

LONDON - U.S. equities' share in global portfolios fell to the lowest in at least five years and U.S. bond allocations were also cut as nervous investors started readying themselves for the first Federal Reserve rate rise in almost a decade.


UK investors pile into stocks as risk appetite returns - Reuters poll

LONDON - British investors bumped up their stock bets by the most in a year in July and pulled out of cash, a Reuters poll found, after a deal to keep Greece in the euro stoked investors' appetite for riskier assets.


European investors warming to euro assets, still holding cash - Reuters poll

LONDON - European investors, jittery over China's economic health and reverberations of the euro zone crisis, kept cash allocations near three year highs but lifted exposure to European assets as immediate concerns over the Greek crisis subsided.


Tuning out local panic, some foreign funds buy China stocks

LONDON - China's $2 trillion equity rout may not be over yet but some foreign investors, far from fleeing a volatile market dominated by small-time traders, are swimming against the tide and buying more shares.

Investor stampede out of emerging markets, gold continues

LONDON - The stampede out of emerging markets and commodities continued last week as investors dumped yet more billions of dollars worth of assets sensitive to higher U.S. interest rates and worries over China, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday.


As China stocks dive, global investors worry more about yuan

LONDON - While local Chinese fret over the bursting of the Shanghai stock bubble, global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably.


Deflation threat returns to stalk investors and policymakers

LONDON - Fear of falling prices in a debt-laden world has returned to unnerve investors and central banks alike, as the slide on oil and commodity markets that set off a deflation scare last year has resumed with a vengeance.




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