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The Week Ahead in Finance (01-09-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (01-09-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

ECB may react to weakness: The European Central Bank (ECB) holds its policy-setting meeting this week, announcing its decision on Thursday. With eurozone inflation dropping to a five-year low of 0.3% last month, and ECB president Mario Draghi recently hinting that action may be taken sooner than expected, some analysts anticipate rate cuts or even monetary easing measures.

Related article: ECB's negative interest rates hammers savers but will it make banks lend?

BoE expected to tighten policy: The Bank of England (BoE) will also announce new policy decisions on Thursday. By contrast, BoE chairman Mark Carney needs to react to increased strength in the UK economy, with many economists expecting monetary policy to be tightened very soon.

Related article: Forward guidance: making it up as you go along

New data for US: The United States will release a series of new data this week, including factory orders and trade figures for July, and employment data for August. Analysts are expecting a largely positive report.

Related article: The Fed's Surprise and Yellen's Challenge

Rates decisions for Egypt: In Africa, analysts will be paying attention to the Central Bank of Egypt which is due to announce rate decisions this week. Though rates were raised at the last meeting in July, nothing more is expected to change this month as concerns are mounting over rising inflation and low growth.

Related article: Middle East and North Africa Region: Financial Sector Integration

Concerns over China's economy: China is topping Asia’s economic headlines this week, following poor PMI data and factory activity. China’s chief economist Hongbin Qu has voiced his concerns over continued risks to growth over the rest of the year, commenting that “further policy easing” may be necessary to ensure a steady recovery.

Related article: China's Fragile New Prosperity

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