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17 July 2019 07:23

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.’ The deal could involve Japan offering the U.S farmers new access to its market in return for a reduction in tariffs on a selection of Japanese auto parts, an auto industry official said.
16 July 2019 08:19

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.
15 July 2019 07:09

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.” Bitcoin is the most valuable virtual currency in the world, and it dropped by ten percent to $10,175, according to CoinDesk data.
12 July 2019 07:43

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. Bloomberg stated that the economist forecast of 1.1 percent was badly missed and it is the lowest since the second quarter of 2009. The island’s GDP, on a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted annualised basis, shrank 3.4 percent in April to June, as compared to the previous three months, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a statement. This outcome is very much below the forecast of 0.
11 July 2019 07:51

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.
9 July 2019 07:31

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.” Not only is China keeping a watchful eye over the creation of the new cryptocurrency, but the Indian government has also said that it is considering not allowing the currency to be traded at all, according to Bloomberg.
8 July 2019 09:49

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. Speaking about how this plan will bring about growth, CFO James von Moltke said “we are reorienting the company towards its historical franchise strengths.
5 July 2019 07:50

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. The companies that may be affected the most are those who sell toys and electronics, as a no-deal could mean that stocking these kinds of items may prove difficult, as many stockpiles are already at their limit.
4 July 2019 08:39

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. This possibility, he said, is due to the” instability of Boris Johnson in all aspects of his life.
3 July 2019 07:02

Maria Gregoriou

The EU leaders chose Christine Lagarde to replace Mario Draghi as the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) yesterday. Lagarde, who is said to take over in October if the decision is backed up, will be the first woman to run the euro-area monetary policy. This decision and the decision to fill another three important EU jobs was made after hours of talks.
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