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      Sanctions help propel Sochi ski chalets into vogue

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      Strong dollar weighs on US results

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      Unilever sells €750m bond at 0.5% yield

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      Guest post: Nigerian banks suffer in the oil storm

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      Markets Live: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

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      Russia’s downgrade deepens political crisis with Europe

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      UK growth best since 2007 but losing steam

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      Record fall in China industry profits

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    17. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      Will the US soon have a budget surplus?

      The Congressional Budget Office has just come out with its latest ten-year projections on spending, revenue, and debt. As...

    18. January 26, 2015

      Russia downgraded to ‘junk’ by S&P

      Russia’s credit rating was cut to “junk” by Standard & Poor’s on Monday night, underscoring the dramatic economic...

    19. January 26, 2015

      Greek banks: diving down

      Sobering news from Greece. The leftwing Syriza party did not, it seems, win the election on a platform of enabling banks to...

    20. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      Fake disinflation?

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    21. January 26, 2015

      ECB faces liquidity challenge in bond buying

      After months of feints and teases the European Central Bank has finally powered up the metaphorical printing presses and...

    22. January 26, 2015

      Saudi Arabia to maintain expenditure

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    23. January 26, 2015

      Bank of England’s Mark Carney needs to learn that less is more

      For central bankers, less is always more when it comes to guiding financial markets. Mark Carney, Bank of England governor,...

    24. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      The trading magicians of Plus500

      Plus500 is an unusual member of the retail foreign exchange trading world. The London-listed group offers contracts for...

    25. January 26, 2015

      Monitor Fedspeak for clues on dollar

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    26. January 26, 2015

      Eurozone leaders reject Greek debt relief demands

      Eurozone leaders gave short shrift to the debt-relief demands of Greece’s far-left Syriza government on Monday even as they...

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      January 26, 2015

      Job far from done for Brazil's inflation fighters, even as economy stagnates

      The task facing Brazil’s new economics team came further into focus on Monday morning with inflation expectations rising and...

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      January 26, 2015

      Markets Live: Monday, 26th January, 2015

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    29. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      Greek austerity after Syriza

      A brief collection of reaction to Sunday’s election in Greece follows. Before we hear from the professional financial crowd,...

    30. January 26, 2015

      Europe reacts to Syriza victory

      Germany Jens Weidmann, Bundesbank president, said on Sunday he hoped the new Greek government would continue to tackle its...

    31. January 26, 2015

      EM currency boost seen as euro weakens

      As the dust settles on the euro in the wake of the European Central Bank’s decision to launch full-blown quantitative...

    32. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      It's not the euro that's getting cheaper; it's the dollar that's getting more expensive

      You may have noticed that a US dollar goes a lot further in much of Europe than it used to. In fact, it goes about 25 per...

    33. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      ICYMI, China's credit buildup was pretty damn fast

      Like 97th percentile fast. From Goldman, do click to enlarge: That’s what an overall debt-to-GDP ratio going from 153 per...

    34. January 26, 2015

      Shanghai first major Chinese region to ditch GDP growth target

      Shanghai has ditched its official economic growth target for 2015, becoming the first major city or province in China to...

    35. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - Greek games and scenarios. - Greece’s fragile primary budget surplus is not much of a bargaining...

    36. January 26, 2015

      Dollar rally only just getting started

      Mark Twain famously quipped that whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect....

    37. January 25, 2015

      Draghi’s QE is an imperfect compromise for the eurozone

      It was a decent decision given the circumstances, and in one way it exceeded my expectations. Not that it was particularly...

    38. Gavyn Davies

      January 25, 2015

      The Fed is accused of complacency

      The Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve (FOMC) will meet on Wednesday amid signs that the broad consensus...

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