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Euro zone bond yields may be in for New Year shock as ECB cuts buying


LONDON Euro zone government bond yields are close to multi-month lows just as the European Central Bank is on the verge of cutting its bond-buying scheme by half, leaving some investors worried that a sharp correction may be due in 2018.


Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

LONDON/NEW YORK As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds. | Video

Big British local authority pensions step up hedge fund bets

LONDON From Essex binmen to Liverpool councillors, government pension schemes in England and Wales are investing more in hedge funds whose bets, sometimes dictated by algorithms, have included exotic holdings such as Puerto Rican debt.


Daily Briefing: May to Brussels after Brexit setback

LONDON British PM Theresa May heads to an EU summit today after suffering her first big legislative defeat at home, with 11 pro-European party allies backing a move to require that parliament votes on any Brexit deal before her government can implement it.


Factbox: Bold calls and Black Swans - how 2018 may surprise you

LONDON Central banks are slowly (but surely) turning off the stimulus taps and many markets are at record peaks, yet judging by the extraordinarily low volatility across most asset classes, investors don't seem at all worried about a looming collapse.


Risks lurk as yen keeps BOJ from faster tapering despite stronger economy

TOKYO Regardless of a return to solid economic growth, the risk of sharp appreciation in the yen means Japan's central bank would be in no rush to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy, say sources familiar with the bank's thinking.


Hedge funds add wary sterling bets before EU summit

LONDON Sterling steadied on Monday after posting its biggest daily drop in more than a month on Friday, with investors cautiously adding some long bets at the start of a week when Britain and the EU will sign off on a deal to move to the next stage of Brexit talks.


The boldest market call for 2018? The consensus

LONDON Credit markets should brace for a U.S. recession, the U.S. yield curve will invert and growth in America will reach President Trump's lofty and oft-derided target of 4 percent.


A flash crash in FX markets occurs once every two weeks - Pragma

LONDON "Flash crashes" in the foreign exchange markets are far more common than is generally believed, a study by trading algorithm provider Pragma said on Thursday.


Bitcoin to start futures trading, stoking Wild West worries

NEW YORK Bitcoin fans are salivating over the potential of long-awaited legitimacy for the cyptocurrency when futures trading launches this weekend, but experts worry the risks associated with bitcoin's Wild West-like nature could overshadow the debut.




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