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The equity cult alive and kicking, despite deflation threat

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LONDON - Anyone betting on another "Great Rotation" of investment flows out of bonds and into stocks is in for disappointment: it's not happening, and isn't going to.

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Europe's bank test celebrations mask mounting challenges

FRANKFURT - Investors were spared immediate pain on Sunday after the European Central Bank's landmark banking health check did not force massive capital hikes amongst the euro zone's top lenders.

Botswana, Africa's diamond, risks losing its sparkle

GABORONE - When environmental scientist Bakang Bogopa graduated first in his class from the University of Botswana two years ago he did not expect that his first job would be moving furniture or that he would still be living off handouts from his mother.

Rousseff will struggle to restore Brazil's economic good times

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election by spending heavily and promising to extend the fight against poverty but she will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil's stalled economy back in gear.

Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story

MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG - Africa's economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease.

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Betting on the beaten up? Investors pin hopes on stocks in Europe, Japan

NEW YORK - Some very big investors are betting on an upswing in two problematic parts of the world right now, Europe and Japan, their confidence bolstered by the brisk money-printing from central banks in both regions.

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Spectre of no-inflation world looms over Fed's return to normal

WASHINGTON - After months of focus on slack in U.S. labor markets, the Federal Reserve faces a new challenge: the possibility that weak inflation may be so firmly entrenched it upends the return to normal monetary policy.

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Fresh turbulence tests post-crisis financial markets

LONDON - A dramatic upswing in volatility is putting post-crisis financial markets to the test, as curbs on banks' ability to take risks and an increase in technology-driven trading expose potential new cracks in the system.

Bond funds stock up on Treasuries in prep for market shock

BOSTON - U.S. corporate bond funds this year are adding Treasuries to their holdings at more than twice the rate of corporate debt amid concern that the struggling European economy and potential changes in Federal Reserve policy will drag down profits at U.S. corporations.

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Investors return to periphery debt as ECB mulls corporate bond buys

LONDON - Low-rated euro zone bond yields fell on Tuesday after several sources told Reuters the ECB was considering buying corporate bonds, quelling some concerns that the central bank was not doing enough to stoke inflation and growth.

Markets

 

71.56
6,535.11
+1.11%
221.11
17,195.42
+1.30%
755.56
16,413.76
+4.83%

Most Actives

Currencies

1.5999
1.2728
1.2569

Other Indices

23,998.06
9,265.42
4,218.60
1,994.65
125.40
161.42

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