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Weak economic data ease rate hike worries

Poor economic data out of both the US and Europe eased investors’ worries that recent surprise hikes by the Bank of Canada and the Reserve Bank of Australia could be a sign of what is to come next week from the world’s two largest central banks. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) and European Central...

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Canada surprises with interest rate hike

The Bank of Canada became the next central bank to defy expectations by restarting its interest rate hiking cycle on Wednesday after Australia’s central bank surprised markets with a hike just a day earlier. Equity markets mostly traded lower as fears spread that the US Federal Reserve could...
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Consumers’ inflation expectations drop in euro area

Consumer inflation expectations in the eurozone have fallen sharply, which may provide some relief for the European Central Bank (ECB) as it looks to end its rate hiking cycle this summer. That news and a slightly better growth outlook for the global economy by the World Bank helped stock...
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Markets put on breaks as investors look to Fed rate decision

After strong gains to end last week, Monday’s session was clearly weaker for stock markets as the euphoria surrounding the US debt ceiling deal faded and investors looked ahead at the potential for another interest rate hike in the US, possibly even as early as next week. Australia’s central...


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“A solid foundation is pivotal”

In the current market and industry environment, security is more important than ever. Olivier de Perregaux, CEO LGT Private Banking, explains why ensuring stability and solidity has always been a priority for LGT.

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Modern construction taps natural materials

Travel to Skellefteå, amid the forests and lakes of Northern Sweden, and you’ll soon notice the Sara Cultural Centre. Its 20 storeys rise above the city’s spruce trees; its windows caressed by the winter sun, its sand-colored walls glinting in the snow. But beyond its handsome design...

Biodiversity is becoming increasingly important

In 1916, in a scientific paper called The Variable Desert, the biologist J. Arthur Harris described in awe the richness and variety of the plant life he had observed in the wild lands around Tucson in Arizona. There was, he wrote, "a flora rich in genera and species and of diverse geographic...
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Why am I not doing anything about climate change?

Bar a dwindling core of climate deniers and those with their heads buried in the steadily warming sand, we all now know what is happening. The climate is in crisis. An existential threat that scientists have warned of for decades is in our faces. But beyond the individual acts of perhaps...

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