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Daily Briefing: Abortion - landmark referendum for Ireland


LONDON Many expatriate Irish have headed home to vote in today's abortion referendum, billed by the country's liberal prime minister, Leo Varadkar, as a "once in a generation" chance to change its current strict legislation. Voters will be asked if they want to scrap a prohibition that was enshrined in the constitution by referendum 35 year ago, and partly lifted in 2013 only for cases where the mother's life is in danger.


Early ECB bank loan repayments loom, threaten to raise borrowing costs

LONDON Already facing a likely growth slowdown, the euro zone risks a sudden tightening of financial conditions next month should banks across the bloc use the opportunity to repay billions of euros in cheap loans taken from the European Central Bank.


Fashion and sport brands clash in luxury sneakers race

MILAN What do you get when luxury fashion meets sport? $10,000 sneakers.


Commentary: What are "critical" minerals and what is the US going to do about them?

LONDON NioCorp Developments, which is in the process of raising financing for a minerals project in Nebraska, has just seen its Toronto-listed shares surge from C$0.52 to $0.70 in the space of two days thanks to the U.S. government.


Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

LONDON The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading.


Commentary: Song remains the same as bond traders, European banks struggle

LONDON The first quarter of 2018 was a rollercoaster for investment banks, involving record highs for stocks, the biggest bout of market volatility in years and the strongest ever start to a year for merger and acquisition activity.


Daily Briefing: "Italy First", new PM promises

LONDON With a dramatic pledge to be the "defence lawyer of the Italian people", academic and political novice Giuseppe Conte welcomed last night his appointment as prime minister of a 5-Star-League coalition government in Rome.


Commentary: Populism surge intensifies spotlight on economic, market orthodoxy

LONDON The leader of the free world is trash-talking globalisation and advocating trade tariffs, another president says inflation is caused by high interest rates, and the incoming government of a G7 country wants 250 billion euros of national debt written off.


Coming back to life: Dollar surge raises hopes for volatile FX

LONDON The U.S. dollar's unexpected surge over the past month is encouraging currency traders to pray for a return of lucrative but long-dormant price volatility on the main foreign exchanges, although early signs on that are strangely subdued.


Small banks trump Wall Street on Dodd-Frank rewrite

WASHINGTON Congress on Tuesday rolled back some of the restraints imposed on banks after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, but big players like Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co , will not be breaking out the champagne. | Video




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