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Istanbul aggressively increased its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75%

Markets slide as pressure mounts over US shutdown

Major indices across Europe registered losses of 1 per cent or more

Sterling is sliding on worries over US stand-off

Sterling slipped against the euro today as traders’ fears rose that the US political budget stand-off could take the steam out of the British economy's recovery.

Land of rising tax: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moves to tackle Japan's debt

The latest round of Abenomics in Japan boosted shares in the world’s third largest economy today, offsetting the impact of the first US fiscal shutdown for 17 years.

Satyajit Das: Shinzo Abe’s ‘three arrows’ will fall short of the target once again

Economics View: Many ‘reforms’ are vague... the ideas are old and have been tried before, unsuccessfully

Asian markets lead global fall after uncertainty over US monetary policy

Warnings of slower but more stable growth over the coming months

Japan holds steady on stimulus policy

Japan's central bank has refrained from promising more stimulus for the world's third-largest economy despite equity and bond market turbulence in recent weeks.

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.

Japan's first-quarter growth revised upwards

The Japanese economy powered forward by an upwardly revised 1 per cent in the first quarter of the year, reflecting the impact of the Tokyo government's reflationary drive.

Japan’s malaise continues

Shinzo Abe’s “shock and awe” tactics are having little impact on the nation’s deflationary malaise, official figures showed yesterday.

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.

Yen tumbles against dollar as Tokyo launches rescue plan

The yen fell to a four-year low against the dollar today as the Japanese central bank put its ambitious plan to double the ailing Far Eastern economy’s money supply into action.

Market Report: Exodus wipes £24bn off blue-chips' value

London's stock market always reacts to big global news – but yesterday investors got more than they bargained for. Korean nuclear threats, the re-emergence of bird flu, eurozone fears and yesterday's scary US jobs data caused even the most optimistic punter to make a quick exit. The blue-chip index fell to a two-month low – the biggest one-day fall since 7 November last year.

Japan tries ‘shock and awe’ to jump-start stalled economy

The Bank of Japan launched “shock and awe” tactics today to pull the world’s third-biggest economy of its deflationary spiral with a hugh expansion of its money printing programme.

Asia stocks rise after Cyprus deal

A last-minute package of rescue loans that saves Cyprus from a banking collapse and bankruptcy helped push Asian stock markets higher today.

Activist poised to take over as governor of BoJ

Japanese equities were given a boost yesterday by reports that the monetary activist Haruhiko Kuroda will be named as the next governor of the Bank of Japan.

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