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Bin Laden news a boost to global markets

Stock markets around the world received a boost today from the news that Osama bin Laden was dead, with the event also triggering a fall in oil prices.

Stephen King: US policymakers' failure to act has merely justified the S&P downgrade

If the US does not ultimately deliver austerity, it may have austerity imposed through the back door

Markets plunge as US rating reduced

World markets plunged today after a key ratings agency shocked traders with a downgrade to its outlook for US government debt.

Emerging market inflation stokes overheating fears

Four interest rate rises in China and eight in India since the start of last year have failed to tame inflation in their fast-developing economies, alarming new data showed yesterday.

Hamish McRae: Catching up with the world's newfinancial order

Economic Life: You don't have to have followed the debate about the US budget deficit to be aware that something radical is happening to the status of the dollar

Lloyd's profits slump on disasters

Insurance market Lloyd's of London saw profits almost halve last year after a string of natural disasters sent claims soaring.

Margareta Pagano: A good Budget – but is Osborne missing a trick?

Everyone seems to agree that while this was a boring Budget, it is one which will turn out to be a bonanza for business. It was certainly a good Budget for George Osborne personally, and, if the glowing headlines are to be believed, his passage from pariah to putative prime minister is now complete.

Emergency G7 meeting called as yen hits record high

At the worst possible moment for Japan's economy, the yen has surged to all-time highs against the US dollar and other currencies, making life for its hard-pressed exporters, already battling with disruptions to supply chains and power, even more difficult.

Julian Assange slams extradition ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today criticised the European arrest warrant system after a judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex offence charges.

BP plans to sell several UK assets

Oil giant BP today revealed plans to sell several assets in the UK, including the biggest onshore oil field in Western Europe.

BP in deal with major Indian firm

BP is set to become a key player in the Indian oil and gas market after signing a 7.2 billion US dollar (£4.5 billion) deal with one of the country's biggest companies.

Boom times in China take economy past Japan

China has overtaken Japan to rank indisputably as the world's second largest economy, behind the US, a landmark moment in the return of the Middle Kingdom to global economic pre-eminence, the position it occupied until the 16th century. It is now the world's largest producer of shoes, cars, televisions, gold, coal and much else.

Copper nearing $10,000 a tonne

Copper hit a record high yesterday, nearing $10,000 a tonne on data suggesting the global recovery is picking up speed as well as supply concerns and a weaker US dollar.

BP bosses set to unveil annual loss

Bosses at BP will unveil the oil giant's first annual loss in nearly two decades tomorrow following a disastrous year for the blue-chip company.

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