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Sep 18, 2014

Just Retirement says annuities hit by UK reform, other sales pick up

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Annuity and mortgages provider
Just Retirement Group Plc reported a 3 percent fall in
annual underlying operating profit to 97 million pounds ($158
million) on Thursday, hit by a drop in annuity sales following
UK reforms earlier this year.

The firm’s share price rallied 2.3 percent to a one-week
high, however, as analysts said the results came in above
expectations.

Sep 10, 2014

Standard Life affirms Scotland vote plans, no impact on dividend, listing

LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Standard Life on
Wednesday reiterated it could transfer business to England if
necessary after next week’s Scottish independence vote, and said
the referendum result would have no impact on dividend payments
or its London listing.

The plans, first announced in February, could mean the
transfer of pensions, investments, and other savings held by UK
customers of the Scottish-headquartered insurer to new companies
in England.

Sep 4, 2014

Stocks edge up to fresh 3-year high pre-ECB, China hits 15-mth high

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks traded at fresh
three-year highs as markets looked to a European Central Bank
meeting later on Thursday for possible monetary stimulus, while
Chinese stocks hit 15-month highs.

Russian stocks fell from one-week highs hit following
euphoric trading after Ukraine and Russia signalled moves
towards peace on Wednesday.

Aug 29, 2014

Russian assets fall, broader stocks steady near 3-yr high

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Military tensions and a worsening
economy put Russian dollar-denominated stocks on track on Friday
for a 4 percent loss on the month, bucking broader emerging
equities that were poised for their seventh straight month of
gains.

Russia stands accused of sending troops into Ukraine to
shore up a separatist rebellion that had appeared to be ebbing.
That has sharply escalated the five-month conflict over eastern
Ukraine and raised the spectre of fresh sanctions from the West.

Aug 28, 2014

High stakes for high reward? Real estate funds come to Africa

LONDON (Reuters) – High stakes for high return, if you can stick it out for the long term – investors are buying into a boom in sub-Saharan African real estate.

Forecasts for 20 percent net annual returns from investing in shopping malls, office blocks or industrial complexes in countries from Zambia to Kenya is drawing in new investors, despite more immediate concerns in some countries about Ebola, terrorism or political stability.

Aug 26, 2014

UBS Wealth ramps up allocation to North American stocks, cuts Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – UBS Wealth Management has added to its overweight position in North American equities and cut back on European stocks, encouraged by recent U.S. earnings and growth data, the world’s largest wealth manager said on Tuesday.

“We have continued to be overweight in equities, and this month we took down our overweight in European equities and moved that to our existing overweight in the U.S. and Canada,” Mark Haefele, global chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management, told Reuters in an interview.

Aug 14, 2014

Russian stocks rise, C.Europe FX steady after GDP

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Russian stocks rose on Thursday
as investors hoped for an improvement in relations between
Russia and Ukraine, while central European currencies were
steady after mixed growth data.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech in Crimea
that Russians needed to mobilise for benefit of their country,
but not for conflict with outside world.

Aug 13, 2014

Russian shares rise, emerging stocks hit 8-day high

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Russian stocks rallied on
Wednesday as concern eased about a possible invasion of Ukraine,
helping broader emerging-market stocks to reach their highest in
more than a week.

Chances of an invasion seemed to recede after Moscow agreed
to put a humanitarian aid convoy under Red Cross auspices,
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Tuesday.
The comments allayed fears that Russia would use
the convoy as cover for invading Ukraine, where government
troops are closing in on pro-Russian separatists.

Aug 4, 2014

China boosts emerging stocks, Russia steadies

LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks recovered from
one-month lows on Monday, lifted by a rally in Chinese stocks to
their highest this year, while Russian stocks stabilised above
three-month lows.

Chinese stocks rose around 2 percent to
the year’s highs, boosted by comments about the market from the
country’s top securities regulator.

Jul 28, 2014

Russian dollar, euro corporate bonds slide on sanctions

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Russian bank and company bonds
denominated in dollars and euros have slumped in value in the
past few days in anticipation of tough European Union sanctions.

The EU has already slapped sanctions such as asset freezes
and travel bans on some Russian officials, after Russia annexed
Ukraine’s Crimea region earlier this year and began supporting
separatists fighting Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

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      "I work in London as part of the Reuters investment strategy editorial team, specialising in emerging and frontier markets. I cover emerging bond, stock and FX markets as well as global market themes, and interview emerging market policy-makers when they attend events in London. I started at Reuters in 1993, writing about foreign exchange, government bonds and Eurobonds before switching to emerging markets."
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