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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Anthony Hilton: Pension provider looks set fair for a fine float

It would be no surprise if pensions provider Partnership says next week that it hopes to list on the stock market this side of the summer holidays.

Aussie rates cut provide tonic for stock markets

The FTSE 100 index has hit its highest level since December 2007, buoyed by a cut in Australian interest rates, some better-than-expected German factory output data and the afterglow from last week's decent US jobs report.

Hamish McRae: Britain will find it very difficult to detach itself from struggling Europe

It is, for our politicians at least, a long weekend for reflection. There is the specific matter of the gains by the UK Independence Party in the elections last Thursday, a sharp enough advance to affect the policies of all parties towards Europe in the months ahead.

Personal insolvencies lowest since crash

Fewer people are becoming insolvent now than at any time since the start of the world financial crisis.

Hamish McRae: Wanted - Confidence booster from ECB

Economic View

Spotlight on: HSBC's 5-year fixed mortgage

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Satyajit Das: Why relying on devaluation to attain prosperity is a flawed policy

Midweek View: Currency conflicts are merely skirmishes in the broader economic wars between nations and a shift to isolationism

Money Insider: Avoid big banks for loans of less than £5,000

Interest rates on personal loans may be at record lows for those borrowing five-figure sums, but it's not all good news, with some lenders charging almost 30 per cent APR to customers who want a loan of £5,000 or less.

City hit by record fines as watchdog vows to keep up pressure

Penalties hit £136m in first quarter as City fears era of 'fine inflation'

Money Insider: Take a long view for 0% on your balance transfer

The battle between credit card companies striving to offer the longest zero per cent term for balance transfers shows no sign of fizzling out. The latest moves in this field means that it's now possible to borrow interest-free for 26 months if you meet the credit scoring criteria.

Anthony Hilton: Aside from the Basel III shortfall, pump-priming has served the banks well

At a private dinner a couple of years back I heard a former adviser to US President Barack Obama say that in 1982, after the Latin American banking crisis, several of America's biggest banks were technically bust.

British ex-pats can nominate non-Cypriot bank accounts for pensions to avoid levy

Thousands of British ex-pats living in Cyprus will have their pensions temporarily halted and can nominate non-Cypriot bank accounts to ensure payments are not affected by the country’s controversial levy on savings, the Government announced today.

State could end up with big QE profit

If interest rates stay low the Treasury could be in line for a £50bn windfall

Satyajit Das: Investors might think happy days are here, but the risks still remain

Midweek View: Buying Greek bonds and doubling your money was a surreal bet on a nation that is economically dead

Pound climbs after MPC holds off printing money

Sterling rallied yesterday as the Bank of England shrugged off fears of a triple-dip recession and held fire on pumping billions extra into the UK's flatlining recovery.

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