MARKET UPDATE
European stocks close slightly lower as caution returns ahead of Davos
Monday, 20 January 2020 23:56 WIB

European markets closed slightly lower on Monday as policymakers and business leaders gather in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) conference. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed down by 0.1% to 423.98 , with household goods falling 0.9% to lead losses while insurance stocks added 0.5%. Climate change and sustainable business will be a key focus for delegates at this...

ECONOMY
U.K. Retail Sales Extend Worst Run on Record Despite Discounting
Friday, 17 January 2020 16:47 WIB

U.K. consumers stayed away from the stores during the key Christmas trading period, despite widespread discounting and a break in the political impasse over Brexit.  The volume of goods sold in stores and online fell 0.6% in December, confounding expectations of a 0.6% increase. Sales excluding auto fuel dropped 0.8%.  The figures, which include Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will...

COMMODITY
Sterling Falls after Javid Comments Stoke Hard Brexit Fears
Monday, 20 January 2020 23:48 WIB

The pound fell on Monday after comments by UK finance minister Sajid Javid stoked fears about weak ties between the UK and the European Union following the country's departure from the bloc. In an interview with the Financial Times on Saturday, Javid said Britain would not commit to sticking to EU rules in post-Brexit trade talks. That is a threat to businesses that want to ease cross-border...

GLOBAL
Extradition Hearing for Huawei Executive Begins in Canada
Monday, 20 January 2020 23:26 WIB

The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei begins Monday in a Vancouver courtroom, a case that has infuriated Beijing, set off a diplomatic furor and raised fears of a brewing tech war between China and the United States.  Canada's arrest of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's legendary...

FISCAL & MONETARY
BoE Could Give "Prompt Response" to Signs of Lasting Weakness in UK Economy - Carney
Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:07 WIB

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday there could be a "relatively prompt response" from the central bank if it looked like weakness in the economy will persist. "With the relatively limited space to cut Bank Rate, if evidence builds that the weakness in activity could persist, risk management considerations would favour a relatively prompt response,...

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