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The US economy continued to grow in the final quarter of the year, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Hamish McRae: Bernanke sprang a bonds surprise but it may be for the best in the end

Ecnomic View: Understandably there has been criticism of the timing and phraseology of the Bernanke speech

Footsie at a 5-month low amid new eurozone fear

The FTSE 100 index hit a 5-month low yesterday as it ended a fifth successive week of losses, while disruption in Greece signalled there could be more turmoil ahead.

Share scare FTSE 100 falls for fifth week in a row and recalls 2011 bloodbath

London’s leading shares were today set for a fifth successive week of losses — their worst performance since the eurozone crisis triggered a summer of turmoil in markets in 2011.

A dealer at the Korea Exchange Bank in Seoul, where the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 37.82 points to 1,850.49

Markets plunge in fear of end to US money-printing

Global sell-off on Fed move wipes out the last of the gains made by London's benchmark FTSE 100 this year

QE hopes raised for Carney despite final defeat for Sir Mervyn

Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King tasted defeat in his last bid to spur on the UK economy but successor Mark Carney may yet win support for a return to the printing presses, it emerged today.

Investment Insider: End in sight for printing money, so what now?

Bull market may drive cyclical businesses so far ignored in recession

The smart money's on a female for the Fed

The leading contender to take charge of America's purse-strings as head of the Federal Reserve would be the first woman in the job

Global gloom drags FTSE 100 down

A worldwide share plunge saw the FTSE 100 Index fall more than 100 points today as a run of pessimism on the markets pulled leading stocks further down from near-record heights seen just a few weeks ago.

Activity at a career fair in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

US labour market adds 175,000 jobs in May - but is still short of hoped-for levels

The unemployment rate rsoe from 7.5 to 7.6 per cent

Hamish McRae: Interest rates are on the way up at last … but don't hold your breath

Economic View: We will need all sorts of devices in the future to stop government borrowing crowding out everyone else

US government's spending cuts curb growth

The US economy did not expand as fast as initially thought in the first three months of the year, a new report showed yesterday, as Washington-mandated belt-tightening hit government spending.

FTSE falls sharply from record high as global panic causes share sell-off

The FTSE 100’s surge towards all-time highs was brought to a spectacular halt today as panicking investors dumped shares in a global sell-off.

US could slow pace of bond buying as early as next month

Ben Bernanke struck a dovish tone yesterday as he told the US Congress that the Federal Reserve's extraordinary stimulus measures were "providing significant benefits" to the economy, although he said the central bank could "in the next few meetings" begin scaling back its programme of buying $85bn (£57bn) in bonds every month if labour market data showed signs of sustained improvement.

Satyajit Das: Alchemists at the courts of rulers foster illusion of perpetual growth

Midweek View: It is not clear how, if at all, printing money or financial games can create real ongoing growth and wealth
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