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Market Comment | The GBP appreciated due to a potential Brexit delay

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Financial markets remained cautious. The focus continued on US-China trade talks following yesterday's rumours about the US rejection of pre-talks ahead of high-level meetings next week. However, the information has been denied by both sides. The Brexit issue also came into the limelight with the possibility of a delay, while the Davos forum continues.

Geographies:Global

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Market Comment | Caution returned to markets ahead of Thursday’s ECB meeting

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Cautious tone returned to financial markets amid the latest news about a formal US request for extradition from Canada of the finance chief of Huawei, which threatens to heighten US-China trade tensions. Moreover, the World Economic Forum in Davos started its first day with some important leaders missing, notably US President Trump.

Geographies:Global

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Market Comment| Financial markets remained steady despite China’s GDP release. ECB preview

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Markets were little changed in a low volume trading session as US markets were closed. Today’s release of China’s 4Q18 GDP (early this morning) along with the release of May’s “plan B” on Brexit this afternoon will focus the market’s attention. The ECB meeting next Thursday, the World Economic Forum at Davos and multiple releases of economic data will be other key events

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Market Comment | Positive tone extended this week despite Brexit issue remaining stuck

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Markets were in a positive mood for the second week in a row. Recent news of further US-China trade talks by late January, coupled with China’s latest measures to boost its economy were the main drivers. The rejection of May’s Brexit plan and the vote of confidence that May was able to win have had only a mild impact on markets so far, awaiting for a Brexit "plan B”.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 18 January 2018

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Highlights: BIS issues final standard for capital requirements for market risk. SRB issues the second part of its MREL Policy for 2018. EBA issues guide on exposures associated with high risk. ESAs present agreement on exchange of information between ECB and AML/CFT authorities. ESMA issues report on accepted market practices under MAR.

Geographies:Global Europe USA

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Market Comment | The new US investigations taint US-China trade talks

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The positive tone in financial markets faded somewhat after the announcement of the US's investigation of Huawei for potential spying on US business partners, offsetting the positive effect of the announcement of further US-China trade talks that will take place on 30-31 January. Elsewhere, May managed to win the no-confidence vote, but the challenging context remained

Geographies:Global

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Market Comment | Financial markets remained focused on Brexit developments

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Financial markets were in a positive mood, although the focus remained on the UK. After yesterday's defeat in the parliamentary vote on May’s Brexit deal - by a huge margin - the scenarios around Brexit remain very open. The next milestone will be today’s no confidence vote on May, with the arithmetic in her favour.

Geographies:Global

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Market Comment | Global growth concerns return to markets at the start of the week

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Cautious mood in markets caused by fears of global slowdown, mainly after the release of disappointing Chinese trade figures, and despite last week’s progress in US-China trade talks. Key global markets’ drivers for this week: in the US, the start of the 4Q18 earnings season coupled with economic data. Also, all eyes will be on tomorrow's Parliamentary vote on Brexit deal

Geographies:Global

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Market Comment | Financial markets signal appetite for risk assets during the week

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Positive tone in financial markets during the second week of 2019. Last Friday strong US jobs data, and the three-day US-China trade talks helped risk assets to recover from the sharp fall in the final part of 2018. Furthermore, the release of the ECB and FOMC minutes along with plenty of Central Bank officers’ speeches were in focus.

Geographies:Global

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 11 January 2018

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Highlights: EBA issues its assessment on consistency of internal models. ECB issues recommendation on dividend policy. ESAs issue a report on sandboxes. EBA issues a report on crypto-assets and its risk dashboard. EC issues communication on STS under CMU. ESMA issues RTS on supervisory cooperation for securitization. FRB consults on company run stress testing requirements.

Geographies:Europe USA

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Market Comment | USD and US yields extended decline after Fed minutes

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Calm in financial markets after US-China trade talks ended yesterday without further details on key issues, but with China’s commitment to import more products from the US. Today’s lower-than-expected inflation figures in China added more doubts about the economic growth. The release of minutes from the ECB and the FOMC’s December meetings kept investors’ attention

Geographies:Global

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Risks facing the Spanish economy in 2019

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The Spanish economy will have grown between 0.4% and 0.5% less in 2018 than in 2017 (+3%), with indications that the slowdown will continue in 2019, in a context of increased uncertainty.

Geographies:Spain

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2018, a year that started better than it ended

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After a year (2017) that had been very positive for the world economy, especially in light of the strong recovery in international trade, the start of 2018 augured well for the year thanks to the momentum from 2017 and the cyclicalcoming together of the three major regions, USA, Europe and China.

Geographies:Global

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What will be the trends in financial regulation in 2019?

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In 2018, the financial regulatory reform approved after the crisis by the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) was considered virtually complete and the focus was supposed to be on implementing the reforms already initiated.

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Financial Regulation: Weekly Update. 21 December 2018

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Highlights: EC publishes a set of unilateral absolute minimum contingency measures to prepare for a no-deal brexit. Several EU and UK agencies publish documents in relation to brexit. EC welcomes agreement on the NPLs package. Spanish Ministry of Finance proposes to establish a macroprudential authority. Federal Agencies proposes to soften stress testing requirements.

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