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May 22, 2014

China helps lift emerging stocks to six-and-a-half-month peak

LONDON (Reuters) – Emerging-market stocks raced to a 6 1/2-month high on Thursday as an encouraging survey on Chinese factory activity and a calmer Russia-Ukraine situation whetted investor appetite for risk.

Federal Reserve minutes that showed the central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates also supported risk appetite.

May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014

Russian assets firm; emerging stocks steady near six-and-a-half-month highs

LONDON (Reuters) – Emerging stocks held steady on Wednesday near 6-1/2 month highs as a decline on Wall Street made investors cautious but Russian assets extended gains, with the rouble hitting a four-month high versus the dollar.

Moscow stocks built on the recent rally fuelled by expectations Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pass off peacefully, helping to avert harsher U.S. sanctions on Russia.

May 21, 2014

Russian assets firm; emerging stocks steady near 6-1/2 mth highs

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks held steady on
Wednesday near 6-1/2 month highs as a decline on Wall Street
made investors cautious but Russian assets extended gains, with
the rouble hitting a four-month high versus the dollar.

Moscow stocks built on the recent rally fuelled by
expectations Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pass
off peacefully, helping to avert harsher U.S. sanctions on
Russia.

May 21, 2014
May 21, 2014
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Discovering Pyongyang’s view with a North Korean diplomat

Last week I went to a very unique session on North Korea which featured a rare appearance of a North Korean diplomat, at London-based policy institute Chatham House.

A wide range of topics — from North-South relations, human rights, a potential nuclear test to a new generation of young diplomats — were discussed, but  under the so-called Chatham House rules (meaning I cannot reveal who said what).

May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014

China, Europe drag world stocks lower; dollar slips

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe and Asia dragged world equity markets lower on Monday as concerns about slower growth in China prompted investors to cut their risks.

The dollar slipped against major currencies after expectations for continued monetary support from the Federal Reserve kept the benchmark 10-year yield near last month’s six-month low.

May 16, 2014

New emerging market rush may spell trouble ahead

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Emerging markets are among the
biggest beneficiaries of a fresh rush for riskier assets by
yield-hunting investors but almost indiscriminate demand today
may be sowing the seeds for a bigger sell-off in future.

Undeterred by poor growth prospects, money is pouring into
developing economies – from stocks and dollar debt to credit
products – as expectations major central banks will extend their
monetary support revive enthusiasm for the asset class.

May 16, 2014
    • About Natsuko

      "Since joining Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2000, Natsuko has reported on issues surrounding global financial markets, monetary policy and central banking from Tokyo, Singapore, London, Paris, Madrid, Davos, Dubai, Moscow and Istanbul. She won the Reuters best scoop of the year in 2007 for a story on China's foreign exchange reserves policy and was also given State Street\'s best journalist of the year award in the same year. Currently based in London, she covers global investment issues and sovereign wealth funds on the Investment Strategy Desk."
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