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Markets one year after Brexit vote: it all comes down to the pound

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LONDON UK-based investors who bought shares on the country's main stock index the day after the Brexit vote one year ago could be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is all about. Foreign investors could tell them.

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Forget euro zone breakup, sterling now deemed riskier

LONDON For years the options market that companies and investors use to hedge against big swings in currencies viewed the euro as a bigger political and structural risk than Britain's pound.

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Daily Briefing: Merkel credits May with "good start" after summit dinner

LONDON One year since Britain's Brexit vote, Theresa May took her first tentative step on the EU stage since the UK election, outlining a "fair and serious offer" for EU citizens who choose to stay in Britain after Brexit.

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Looming Chinese refinery cuts to hit oil demand

BEIJING/SINGAPORE/LONDON Some of China's top oil refineries are having to take the highly unusual step of cutting operations during what is typically the peak demand summer season when hot weather drives up power usage and families take to the road during school holidays.

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China shares get MSCI nod in landmark moment for Beijing

NEW YORK/HONG KONG China's stocks took a major step towards global acceptance on Wednesday, finally winning a long campaign for inclusion in a leading emerging markets benchmark, in what was seen as a milestone for global investing. | Video

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Asia firms' confidence at three year-high on brighter global outlook: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

SHANGHAI Business confidence in Asia rose to a three-year-high in the second quarter of the year, propelled by a slew of favorable economic data across the region and easing concerns over the health of China's economy, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed.

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Yuan bears throw in the towel, say it isn't worth fighting China's PBOC

(This version of the June 20 story corrects figure to trillion from billion in paragraph 13)

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Panic averted as bonds sail gently out of decades-old bull market

LONDON Almost a year after the tide turned on an unbroken three-decade decline in world bond yields, stubbornly low wage growth and inflation and central bank hesitancy suggest any rise in ultra-low borrowing costs will be far slower than many had feared.

Cheap debt allows private equity firms to reap more dividends

LONDON Private equity firms have used buoyant debt markets to take almost $3 billion in special payouts from European portfolio companies so far this year, quadrupling the same period in 2016.

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Hard or soft Brexit aside, pound nervous of economic slowdown

LONDON Last week's shocking British election result and the period of political uncertainty that looks set to follow may have come at the worst of times for the country's economy and the value of the pound sterling.

Markets

 

-15.16
7,424.13
-0.20%
-2.53
21,394.76
-0.01%
22.16
20,132.67
+0.11%

Currencies

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1.1340
1.1124

Other Indices

25,670.05
12,733.41
5,266.12
2,438.30
145.36
173.73

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