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QFINANCE: financial news roundup (August 18 - 22, 2014)

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Each week brings you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business – essential reading to keep you up to date with the latest topics.

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Friday August 22

The US dollar held steady after its strongest week since last March, Reuters reported, as global stocks nearly hit all-time highs following  "as markets waited for steers from the Federal Reserve and ECB on diverging policy plans".

Related article: New Dollar Area: The Makings of the Mess

"China juices liquidity, and risk," Reuters reported, at its leading over-the-counter (OTC) exchange. but one long derided as a dead-end market populated by small little-known, opaquely managed firms.

Thursday August 21

Angela Merkel has delivered a "sharp rebuke" to Italy and France, the Guardian reported, for ignoring the European Central Bank's fiscal rules to limit deficits.

Related article: A halfway house to fiscal union in the EU

The UK is exporting cars at the strongest rate ever, the Guardian reported, with higher international demand for luxury brands.

Wednesday August 20

In the UK, newly published figures showed a drop in inflation to 1.6% in July, which has led economists to predict an interest rate rise in 2014 is  “no longer in play”, the Telegraph reported.

Related article: Interest Rate Risk

Investors anticipate the launch of new wearable products from Apple which has resulted in a strong increase of the company's shares, the FT reported.

Tuesday August 19

imate change is set to badly affect emerging markets in South Asia, with new research by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggesting almost nine per cent a year could be trimmed from GDP for six of the region's largest economies by the end of the century.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reported that climate change is set to badly affect emerging markets in South Asia, according to Business Green. A new study by the ADB suggested nearly 9% a year could be trimmed from the GDPs of six of the largest economies of the region.

Related article: The Impact of Climate Change on Business

Monday August 18

Global private equity recorded the highest amount of 'dry powder', the Telegraph reported, as the world's biggest companies have accumulated $7 trillion of cash.

Related article:Understanding and Accessing Private Equity for Small and Medium Enterprises

Russian sanctions are starting to bite, the Guardian reported, as growth forecasts for the country are downgraded significantly, six months after the confrontation over Ukraine first blew up.

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