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The Week Ahead in Finance (17-03-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (17-03-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

Crimean allegiance: The world will of course be watching developments in the aftermath of the Crimean referendum last weekend, as some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining the Russian Federation.

UK Budget week: The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will be delivering the fifth budget this week, amidst growing UK optimism. The growth forecast for 2014 is expected to increase to 2.7%, from 2.4% in November.

Interest rates and the Fed: The US Federal Reserve is meeting this week to discuss the country’s monetary policy. No change in interest rates is expected to be made.

Africa Trade Finance Week: The Africa Trade Finance Week will start this week in Cape Town. The conference is recognized as the world’s leading pan-African trade gathering, and will examine the latest developments in both regional and international trade flows.

Jeddah Economic Forum: This year’s Jeddah Economic Forum, known as the Davos of the Middle East, will explore ‘Growth through Youth’, focusing on job creation for young people as a means of facilitating regional growth.

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Tags: Africa Trade Finance Week , budget , Cape Town , Chancellor of the Exchequer , Crimea , Davos of the Middle East , Fed , George Osborne , growth forecast , Growth through Youth , interest rate , Jeddah Economic Forum , monetary policy , Russian Federation , trade flow , UK , Ukraine , US Federal Reserve
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