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Japan and the U.S May Come to Trade Deal

17 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Reuters reported this morning that the U.S and Japan are working towards a trade deal 'involving agriculture and autos that could be agreed by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet in New York in September.'

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Halt to Backstop Negotiations Brings No-Deal Brexit Closer

16 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

Both candidates for the position of Britain's next prime minister declared that the Northern Ireland backstop is something they will not consider in Brexit deal negotiations. These statements were given last night during a Sun debate and come after the negotiators of Brexit had one of the worst meetings since 2016 at the end of last week, according to European officials, who are opting for talks to become more hostile under the next British government.

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Bitcoin Down as Trump Critisises Crypto

15 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The tumble of Bitcoin to as low as $9,872 over the weekend is said to be a result of a tweet by President Trump on Friday, according to CNBC. The tweet read "I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behaviour, including drug trade and other illegal activity."

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Singapore Economy Shrinks in Second Quarter

12 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

According to official estimates released this morning, Singapore's economic growth slowed by 0.1 percent in the second quarter, which is the lowest rate in a decade.

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Jerome Powell Hints at Rate Cut

11 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

During a testimony before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, the Federal Reserve (Fed) chair, Jerome Powell, strongly hinted at the possibility that the Fed could soon cut interest rates.

The final decision, which may come about due to Donald Trump's trade war creating risks to the US economy and a global economic slowdown, could be made later this month when the Fed will have its next meeting, according to the New York Times.

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Facebook’s Libra Faces Backlash

09 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

There is more hype around Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra this week, as the People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced that the digital currency must be under Central Bank oversight.

According to PBOC's deputy director of the payment department Mu Changchun, the digital currency "won't be sustainable without the support and supervision of central banks."

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Deutsche Bank Set to Cut 18,000 Jobs

08 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The German Bank will cut 18,000 jobs over a period of three years as part of a plan to reorganise the organisation.

"Today we have announced the most fundamental transformation of Deutsche Bank in decades. This is a restart for Deutsche Bank... In refocusing the bank around our clients, we are returning to our roots and to what once made us one of the leading banks in the world, "chief executive Christian Sewing said.

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A No-deal Brexit Could Put a Damper on Christmas

05 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

British retailers are panicking about how a no-deal Brexit on October 31 could damage the busiest shopping season of the year. They are worried about where to stock the extra items needed for Christmas, import delays and tariffs.

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UK Labour Party Position on Second Referendum

04 July 2019 Maria Gregoriou

The Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, plans to soon come to a position on Brexit and suggests that a second referendum should be held before the end of the month, according to Bloomberg.

During a session in parliament yesterday, Corbyn suggested that government "go back to the people and let them decide which way we go." This position has been set due to the probability of a general election later this year, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said.

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