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Macro Economics

Learn more about how economic events both here in the UK and across the globe can affect your finances

Macro Economics

Learn more about how economic events both here in the UK and across the globe can affect your finances.

  • Newsround: Markets plunge as investors fear trade war could get worse

    The FTSE 100 fell 1.4% to 7,230.95 on Thursday amid a sell-off in stocks around the world.

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  • India election: Is now a good time to invest?

    Narendra Modi, and the BJP look set for victory in what has been a gargantuan undertaking for India and stock markets have surged to record highs on early results.

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  • Newsround: FTSE recovers on trade hopes

    Amid hopes of a resolution to the trade war between the US and China the FTSE 100 closed up xx at 7,353.51on Thursday (16 May).

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  • Newsround: US-China trade fears see stocks slide

    Fears over the deteriorating relationship between the US and China over trade saw big declines for global stocks...

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  • Newsround: FTSE lower after Bank holds rate steady

    The FTSE 100 was 0.5% lower by the close on Thursday (2 May) at 7,348.93 after the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 0.75%.

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  • Newsround: Sluggish US equities contribute to FTSE fall

    The European Central Bank sparked investor fears by downgrading its growth forecasts for the Eurozone...

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  • Newsround: FTSE flat on weak utilities

    The FTSE 100 struggled to gain momentum on Wednesday (17 April) as weakness among utility stocks weighed on performance...

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  • Newsround: Weaker sterling fails to boost FTSE

    The FTSE 100 was broadly unmoved at 7,417 on Thursday despite sterling weakening after initial excitement over the UK’s extension...

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  • Newsround: FTSE takes cue from subdued US start

    The FTSE 100 closed down 0.2% at 7,401.94 on Thursday (4 April) despite some weakness in the pound as UK stocks responded to a lukewarm open...

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  • Newsround: FTSE higher on Brexit-inspired sterling weakness

    The FTSE 100 closed 0.56% higher at 7,234.33 on Thursday (28 March) as the pound dipped on continuing Brexit uncertainty.

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  • Newsround: Brexit fears hit sterling, driving FTSE 100 higher

    The FTSE 100 closed up 0.9% at 7,355,31 on Thursday (21 March) as ongoing uncertainty over Brexit hit sterling...

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  • Newsround: Sterling settles as FTSE advances

    Sterling eased back despite MPs voting against a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday evening...

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  • Newsround: FTSE falls after US and China fail to make progress in trade talks

    The FTSE 100 fell into the red after the US and China failed to seal a deal to end the trade war...

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  • Newsround: Brexit uncertainty hits sterling, supporting FTSE 100

    The internationally-focused FTSE 100 closed up a handful of points at 7,197.01 on Thursday (14 February) as continuing Brexit ructions put the pound under pressure, inflating the relative value of its constituents’ overseas earnings.

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  • Newsround: Resurgent pound and weak US open erode FTSE gains

    After bumper gains earlier in the week, the FTSE 100 traded materially lower on Thursday (7 February).

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  • Newsround: Strong Shell keeps FTSE afloat

    The FTSE 100 closed higher on Thursday (31 January) having enjoyed larger gains earlier in the day.

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  • Newsround: FTSE falls after weak US open and poorly received corporate results

    A negative reaction to full year results from Centrica (CNA) and BAE Systems (BA.) plus a weaker US open...

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  • Newsround: Sterling strength caps FTSE

    Sterling held above $1.30 against the dollar on Thursday (24 January) amid hopes a no-deal exit from the EU can be avoided.

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  • Newsround: Soft Brexit hopes lift sterling, sink FTSE

    Hopes of a softer Brexit contributed to gains for sterling on Thursday (17 January) and this helped put the FTSE 100 under pressure, down 0.4% at 6,834.92.

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  • Newsround: FTSE builds on a strong start to 2019

    A strong finish on Thursday (10 January), with the index closing up 0.5% at 6,942.87, helped the FTSE 100 extend its gains so far in 2019. Year-to-date the index is up 3.2% amid hopes of resolution to US and China trade tensions and slower rate increases by the US Federal Reserve.

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  • Newsround: Apple takes a bite out of global markets

    An overnight profit warning from Apple hit markets across the world on Thursday (3 January) as the consumer electronics giant blamed a weak contribution from China for the worse than expected performance. The FTSE 100 was down 0.6% by the close at 6,692.66, although it fared a bit better than some other global indicies.

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  • Newsround: Hawkish Fed hits FTSE

    By the close on Thursday (20 December) the FTSE 100 was still struggling to shake off the impact of the hawkish tone adopted by US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell as he delivered the latest increase in US interest rates. The index of leading UK shares was down at 0.8% at 6,711,93.

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  • Newsround: FTSE stalls on lower European growth forecasts

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  • Newsround: Stocks tank on trade tensions

    The arrest of an executive at Chinese technology firm Huawei has reignited trade tensions and sent stocks careering lower on Thursday (6 December).

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  • Newsround: FTSE lifted by weak pound and strong oil

    A recovery in oil prices, which boosted index heavyweights BP (BP.) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB), and continuing Brexit-related weakness in sterling lifted the FTSE 100 34 points higher by the close to 7,038.95.

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  • Newsround: Stronger sterling hits FTSE following positive Brexit progress

    The FTSE 100 plummeted against a stronger pound after reports emerged that the EU and UK agreed a Brexit draft text, pushing the blue-chip index 1.3% lower to 6,960.32.

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  • Newsround: FTSE flat as Brexit chaos unfolds

    The FTSE 100 regained some ground after initially getting caught in a global sell-off as investors worried about a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit following a backlash to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal.

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  • Newsround: FTSE resilient ahead of US rate call

    Amid falls on other global markets the FTSE 100 stood tall ahead of the latest US interest rate decision. By the close on Thursday (8 November) the index was up 0.3% at 7,140.68.

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  • Newsround: Stocks rebound from sell off

    After a turbulent week for stocks the FTSE 100 was back heading in the right direction on Thursday (25 October). By the close, the index was up 0.6% at 7,004.10.

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  • Newsround: UK stocks slip amid global market weakness

    The US Federal Reserve’s commitment to hiking interest rates remains a sore point for global stocks and the FTSE 100 was caught up in the weakness on Thursday. By the close the index of leading UK shares was down 0.39% at 7026.99.

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  • Newsround: Stocks rout amid rate worries

    Global financial markets were under big pressure on Thursday (11 October) as investors capitulated in the face of several risk factors, including rising interest rates in the US. By the close the FTSE 100 was down nearly 2%, just above the psychologically significant 7,000 level.

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  • Newsround: Markets in risk-off mode as FTSE falls

    The prospect of rising US interest rates led to a big sell off in global markets on Thursday including the FTSE 100. By the close the index of leading UK shares was down 1.22% to 7,418.34.

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  • Newsround: Sterling slip helps FTSE rise

    Weakness in the pound and a strong US open helped the FTSE 100 consolidate above the 7,500 mark on Thursday (27 September). The index of leading UK shares is now back roughly where it was at the end of August.

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  • Newsround: FTSE 100 rises as S&P 500 hits new record

    The FTSE 100 took its cue from a strong US open on Thursday to close the day up 0.5% at 7,367.32. The S&P 500 had earlier reached a fresh all-time high amid a feeling the latest US-China trade spat will not be as damaging as feared.

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  • Newsround: Sterling strength sinks the FTSE 100

    The FTSE 100 hit its lowest level since April amid ongoing tensions over global trade and strength in sterling on Thursday. By the close the index was down 0.9% at 7,318.96.

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  • Newsround: Global trade risks see FTSE sink to five-month low

    The FTSE 100 hit its lowest level since April amid ongoing tensions over global trade and strength in sterling on Thursday. By the close the index was down 0.9% at 7,318.96.

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  • What is ESG and why does it matter to my investments?

    “ESG” sounds like something very technical and jargon-y. In fact, it’s an increasingly popular investment approach that takes into account Environmental, Social and Governance factors - not just financial factors - when assessing whether to buy shares in a company.

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  • Newsround: Market in risk off mode amid Brexit and trade war fears

    The FTSE was sharply lower on Thursday (30 August) amid fluctuating news on Brexit and concerns over a deterioration in relations between the US and China. By the close the index was down 0.6% to 7,516.03.

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  • Newsround: Miners drag FTSE lower

    After a shaky week amid the ongoing financial crisis in Turkey, the FTSE 100 recovered some ground on Thursday. Supported by the potential for resumed trade talks between the US and China, by the close the index was up 0.78% to 7,556.38.

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  • Can global markets rise in the second half of 2018?

    For investors, the first half of 2018 had its ups - and downs. There have been modest declines in value across some of the world’s biggest indices in the first six months of the year: the Dow Jones index is down 1.06% since the beginning of 2018 and the FTSE 100, down 0.96%.

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  • Newsround: Miners and utilities drag FTSE lower

    The FTSE 100 was 0.15% down on close this Thursday at 7,563.22. There is a quiet start to next week thanks to the August Bank Holiday in the UK – although the German Ifo Business Climate survey is published on Monday (27 August).

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  • Newsround: FTSE in recovery mode on US-China hopes

    After a shaky week amid the ongoing financial crisis in Turkey, the FTSE 100 recovered some ground on Thursday. Supported by the potential for resumed trade talks between the US and China, by the close the index was up 0.78% to 7,556.38.

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  • Newsround: Oil majors sink FTSE

    The FTSE 100 remained in negative territory as oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell failed to bounce back from earlier weakness. By the close the index was down 0.45% at 7,741.77.

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  • Newsround: FTSE flat despite weaker sterling

    By close on Thursday (26 July), the FTSE 100 was 4.9 points higher at 7,663 as the blue-chip index failed to take advantage of a weaker pound amid Brexit concerns and a raft of positive corporate results.

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  • Newsround: FTSE holds despite weak miners

    By close on Thursday (19 July) the FTSE 100 was just about holding on to a positive position, up 0.1% to 7,683.97, despite weakness in the mining sector.

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  • Five Minute Pitch TV: The latest from Zoo Digital

    In the first instalment Dr Stuart Green Chief Executive Officer at Zoo Digital explains what Zoo Digital is and where he wants to take their business in the future.

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  • Newsround: FTSE moves higher as Trump’s UK visit begins

    The FTSE 100 closed up 0.78% at 7,651.33 on Thursday as US President Donald Trump began his four-day visit to the UK.

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  • Newsround: Miners help keep FTSE afloat

    The FTSE 100 closed slightly higher on Thursday (5 July), up 0.4% to 7,603.22 amid strength in the mining sector.

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  • Newsround: Mining sector weighs on the FTSE

    A downbeat performance from the mining sector amid ongoing trade tensions weighed on the FTSE 100 on Thursday. By the close the index was down a handful of points at 7,615.63.

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  • Newsround: Sterling rebound hurts FTSE

    The FTSE 100 index was dragged down on Thursday as its numerous constituents with foreign earnings were disadvantaged by a strengthening pound. Sterling jumped after Bank of England’s latest interest decision.

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  • Newsround: ECB supports FTSE gains

    The FTSE 100 enjoyed strong gains this afternoon as sterling came under pressure and after the European Central Bank said despite ending its quantitative easing programme it would not raise interest rates until mid-2019 at the earliest. By the close the index of leading UK shares was up 0.8% at 7,765.79.

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  • The drop in inflation is no reason to stick with cash

    If you are a saver concerned about the value of your money, the chances are you will have noticed the recent dip in inflation.

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  • Newsround: Tariff threat brings FTSE down

    The FTSE 100 fell flat on Thursday amid news that US tariffs will be applied on aluminium and steel imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The index was more or less unchanged at 7,678.20 by the close.

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  • Preparing for rate rises – why cash is not the answer

    The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney backtracked from previous guidance for a rate hike in May 2018 amid economic uncertainty. Still, most observers reckon it is a matter of when, not if, the Bank will look to increase rates from the current level of 0.5%. Many still think the UK will see interest rates rise in 2018.

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  • Newsround: FTSE recovers earlier losses as pound dips

    The pound fell on the latest ructions in the Brexit process. This had positive implications for the relative valuation of overseas earnings from the FTSE 100 and helped lift the index off its lows to trade broadly flat by the close at 7,704.40.

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  • Newsround: Markets retreat as Trump cancel Korea summit

    Investors were unnerved by US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a planned summit with North Korea. The FTSE 100 fell 0.9% to 7,716.74 with utility companies and oil majors among the underperforming stocks.

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  • Newsround: FTSE hits new record as oil reaches $80 per barrel

    A surge in the oil price helped lift shares in BP (BP.) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB), which, given their weighting in the index, supported a surge in the FTSE 100 to a new record high level. By the close the index of leading UK shares was up 0.7% at 7,787.97.

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  • Newsround: FTSE up as UK rates held

    The FTSE 100 closed 0.5% higher at 7,700.97 as the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and his colleagues opted to keep UK interest rates on hold at 0.5%.

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  • Newsround: Returning trade war fears stalk markets

    The FTSE 100 closed lower on Thursday as returning tensions over trade between the US and China hit risk appetite. By the close the index of leading UK shares was down 0.54% at 7,502.69.

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  • Newsround: Returning risk appetite lifts FTSE 100

    A strong open on Wall Street, recovering some of the losses from earlier this week, provided a boost to the FTSE 100 on Thursday. By the close of trading the index of leading UK shares was up 0.57% at 7,421.43.

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  • Square Mile’s quarterly market update – Quarter Two

    Following an exceptionally tranquil 2017, financial markets have returned to a more typical fickle trading pattern.

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  • Newsround: FTSE gains amid oil price surge

    The FTSE 100 closed up 0.16% at 7,328.92 on Thursday (19 April) as oil prices gathered momentum on hints of further cuts to output by producers’ cartel OPEC.

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  • Monthly market outlook: April 2018

    Investors have had to endure a volatile first few months of 2018 on the stock market. Selling and scandals in the technology sector, geo-political tensions and a war of words over trade have all contributed to the up and down performance. As at close on the 16 April the FTSE 100 was 6.4% lower year-to-date.

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  • Newsround: FTSE flat as US stocks advance

    The FTSE 100 closed a touch lower on Thursday (12 April), just above the 7,250 mark, as a stronger pound helped undermine the relative value of constituents’ overseas earnings.

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  • Newsround: FTSE fights back as trade war fears subside

    Amid strong trading on Wall Street and signs of a de-escalation in the trade war between the US and China, the FTSE 100 closed 2.4% higher on Thursday at 7,199.50.

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  • Newsround: Trade war fears spark market rout

    Global stock markets came under big pressure on Thursday afternoon ahead of the official imposition of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium into the US. By the close the FTSE 100 was down 1.2% at 6952.59.

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  • Newsround: Strong US open lifts FTSE

    By the close on Thursday the FTSE 100 was solidly in positive territory, up 0.1% at 7139.76 . The index took its cue from strong trading on Wall Street where the appointment of Larry Kudlow as President Donald Trump’s new economic adviser was well received by investors.

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  • Newsround: Draghi gives FTSE a lift

    Hints from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi that any exit from quantitative easing would be gradual helped boost the FTSE 100 on Thursday (8 March) as it closed up 0.6% above the 7,200 mark.

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  • Monthly market outlook: March 2018

    Tom Sieber from Shares Magazine provides his monthly market outlook for the month of March.

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  • Newsround: Markets lower as rate fears resurface

    The risk of higher interest rates was dominating investors’ thoughts on Thursday (1 March) with the FTSE 100 index closing down 0.8% at 7,175.64.

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  • Newsround: FTSE regains some ground as US stocks bounce back

    Having fallen sharply early on Thursday (22 February) as renewed fears over US interest rate hikes spooked global markets, the FTSE 100 made a partial recovery later after a strong open on Wall Streeet. By the close the index was down 0.4% to 7252.39.

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  • Newsround: FTSE steady as global stocks recovery

    World stock markets appear to be stabilising after the extreme volatility seen last week. By the close the FTSE 100 was up 0.3% to 7,234.81, taking its cue from a solid open to trading across the Atlantic.

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  • Newsround: Volatility returns as Bank of England points to higher rates

    After significant volatility in global markets earlier in the week the FTSE 100 was under pressure again on Thursday as the Bank of England hinted at an increase in interest rates sooner than expected. By the close the index of leading UK shares was down 1.5% at 7,170.69.

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  • Newsround: Dollar weakness puts FTSE on back foot

    The FTSE 100 closed down 0.36% at 7,615.84 on Thursday as the dollar fell on comments from US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that weakness in the currency was good for the US. The weaker dollar hitting those FTSE 100 companies with significant US earnings.

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  • Newsround: Miners weigh on the FTSE

    The FTSE 100 was in retreat on Thursday, closing as weak commodity prices hit the mining sector. At the close the index of leading UK shares fell 0.3% to 7,700.96.

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  • Newsround: FTSE 100 is subdued as retailers and housebuilders struggle

    Weak housebuilding and retail stocks helped limit gains for the FTSE 100 on Thursday (11 January). By the close the index of leading UK shares was up 14.43 points at 7,762.94.

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  • 2018 - Market Predictions, Tips and Insights

    What can you expect from investing in 2018? Rebecca O’Connor, Tom Sieber and Rosie Murray-West provide you with their market predictions for the year ahead.

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  • Investing in emerging markets – what do I need to know?

    First used in the 1980s the term ‘emerging markets’ refers to countries which are seen as being in the transition from a developing to a developed economy.

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  • Understanding ethical investing

    Sustainability and ethical living has become an increasingly prominent part of modern society. Few of us give a second thought now to sorting items for recycling every week and Britons donated £9.7 billion to charity in 2016.

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  • Newsround: FTSE weakness follows sterling strength

    Hopes for progress on Brexit helped lift the pound on Thursday (7 December), hitting the relative value of the overseas earnings which dominate the FTSE 100. At close the index of leading shares was down 0.25% at 7,329.91.

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  • Newsround: Weak utilities weigh on FTSE

    The FTSE 100 was in the red on Thursday (14 December) as underperforming utilities weighed on performance. By the close the index of leading UK shares was down 0.7% at 7,448.12.

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  • Newsround: Centrica shock drags on FTSE

    The FTSE 100 fell on Thursday as British Gas owner Centrica (CNA) warned on profits after losing 823,000 energy supply customers. At the close the index of leading UK shares was down a handful of points at 7,417.24.

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  • Newsround: Positive retail surprise as FTSE follows US higher

    The FTSE 100 was higher on Thursday (16 November) taking its cue from a strong open for US stocks and a better-than-expected showing for the retail sector. At the close the index of leading UK shares was up 0.2% at 7,386.94.

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  • Newsround: Brexit progress boosts pound but undermines FTSE

    Sterling is moving higher against other major currencies amid reports of progress on Brexit negotiations. This is putting pressure on the FTSE 100 as it impacts the relative value of its constituents’ largely overseas earnings. At the close on Thursday (30 November) the index of leading UK shares was down 0.9% at 7326.67.

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  • Budget 2017 and what it means for you

    Many hoped for sweeping changes in this year’s Budget, whether it was a change to the pension system, a wholesale reform of stamp duty or a generous splash out for struggling families.

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  • Why interest rate changes affect your investments and wealth

    Low interest rates, in the UK anyway, have become a part of the fabric of life. But in November of this year, the Bank of England finally made a move upwards - a 0.25 percentage point increase in the base rate that puts interest rates at 0.5 per cent.

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  • How to reduce currency risk when investing

    Most investors have little desire to become currency traders. But as global trade has become the norm, even the returns on our domestic stocks and funds have become heavily influenced by the movement of the pound against foreign currencies.

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  • How US interest rates influence world economy

    Eight times a year the Federal Open Market Committee sits to decide on US monetary policy. The committee, a part of the US Federal Reserve, has responsibilities which include setting interest rates and providing financial stimulus for the economy. Its first meeting is typically in late January and its final meeting in mid-December.

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  • Trading in a volatile market

    Everyone who invests in the stock market has to deal with some measure of volatility: the fact that their investments will go up as well as down.

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  • How Can You Prepare Your Portfolio For a Rise in Interest Rates?

    Rising prices, frozen wages and rock bottom interest rates. The latest report from the Bank of England suggests that everyone is beginning to feel the pinch.

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