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Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014

Top investors cut emerging Europe equities as Ukraine turmoil escalates

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – The world’s top investors cut
exposure to emerging European equities to a five-month low in
February as they fretted over a spillover from tensions in
Ukraine and Russia, Reuters polls showed on Friday.

Concerns over China’s economic slowdown also prompted fund
managers to trim their Asian equity holdings to a four-year low
and instead boost euro zone equity weightings to the highest
since June 2011.

Feb 27, 2014

Russia, neighbours spooked by geopolitics; hryvnia sinks

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Geopolitical tensions
reverberated through emerging markets on Thursday, driving
Russia’s rouble to five-year lows against the dollar while the
newly unshackled Ukrainian hryvnia tumbled 9 percent and central
European assets also weakened.

Russia’s defiant response to the political turmoil in
neighbouring Ukraine spooked investors, with Moscow quoted as
saying fighter jets along Russia’s western borders had been put
on combat alert.

Feb 26, 2014
Feb 25, 2014

Ukraine’s bonds resume fall; hryvnia hits record low

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s hryvnia fell to record
lows against the dollar on Tuesday while its dollar bonds
tumbled as concerns grew about the ability of the country to pay
its debts in the near-term.

A rally in Ukraine’s dollar bonds that followed the weekend
overthrow of president Viktor Yanukovich is fading quickly as
investors fret over what conditions might be attached to any
rescue package led by the International Monetary Fund.

Feb 25, 2014

Turkey, China lead falls in emerging markets

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Turkey’s lira hit two-week lows
versus the dollar on Tuesday while stocks fell 3 percent after
the latest twist in a government corruption scandal, while
concerns about Chinese yuan moves weighed on other emerging
assets.

Ukraine’s hryvnia sank to a fresh five-year low but its
sovereign dollar bonds held most of Monday’s huge gains as hopes
grew the country would receive Western aid, including from the
IMF, which promotes greater exchange rate flexibility.

Feb 25, 2014

Turkey, China lead emerging market falls

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Turkey’s lira hit two-week lows
versus the dollar on Tuesday while stocks tumbled 2.5 percent
after the latest twist in a government corruption scandal, while
concerns about Chinese yuan moves weighed on other emerging
assets.

Ukraine’s hryvnia hit a fresh five-year low but its
sovereign dollar bonds held most of Monday’s stellar gains as
hopes grew that the country would receive Western aid, including
from the IMF, which encourages greater exchange rate
flexibility.

Feb 24, 2014
Feb 24, 2014

Ukrainian bonds rally on IMF aid hopes, hryvnia hit

LONDON (Reuters) – Ukraine’s dollar bonds rallied on Monday and its five-year debt insurance costs tumbled as hopes grew that the country will get aid from Western donors including the IMF after Viktor Yanukovich was forced out as president.

Ukrainian stocks, which feature in the MSCI frontier index, soared 13 percent to their highest since Sept 2012.

Feb 24, 2014
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      "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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