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Pound falls as supreme court ruling seen as no brake on Brexit

Jan 24 2017 13:40

The pound and gilts have fallen as investors bet a Supreme Court loss for UK Prime Minister Theresa May won’t derail the start of a process to exit the European Union.


Dollar rebounds with oil as pound falls on Brexit

Jan 24 2017 12:50

The dollar has rebounded with oil and gold fell, as investors focused on President Donald Trump’s plans to boost growth.


Yen retreats, emerging-market stocks gain on Trump

Jan 24 2017 09:16

The yen has retreated after the biggest jump since July and emerging-market stocks rose as investors assessed the impact from Donald Trump’s efforts to rework US trade pacts.


Dollar ekes out gains in Asia after sharp losses

Jan 24 2017 07:47

The dollar has managed a small recovery against its major Asian peers after Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary nominee said a strong currency could hurt the US economy.

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Volatile rand may extend rally in 2017

Jan 23 2017 19:31

Despite the rand’s roller-coaster moves in the past year, many analysts believe it could appreciate beyond R13 to the US dollar in the coming months.


Pound bulls emboldened as sterling advances to 1-month high

Jan 23 2017 10:06

The pound’s biggest rally in 24 years is spurring predictions that the worst is over for the beleaguered currency, at least in the short term.

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From fossils to finance – that’s been the career trajectory of Dr Merrill van der Walt, a palaeontologist until recently. She is now a statistician with a difference.