COVID protests escalate in Guangzhou as China lockdown anger boils

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – People in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou clashed with white hazmat-suited riot police on Tuesday night, videos on social media showed, as frustration with stringent COVID-19 rules boiled over, three years into the pandemic. The clashes in the southern city marked an escalation from protests in the commercial hub … Read more

British pension funds step up fire sales as needed for cash soars

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – UK pension schemes are racing to raise hundreds of billions of pounds to shore up derivatives positions before the Bank of England calls time on support aimed at keeping them afloat. The Bank of England plans to stop buying bonds on Oct. 14, leaving pension schemes scrambling to meet a … Read more

Bank of England ‘will not hesitate’ to act as it monitors market turmoil

Pound briefly touched a record low against the dollar Five-year gilts match Friday’s record daily slump Yields on 2-year and 5-year debt up 100 bps in 2 days Finance minister to detail fiscal plans on Nov. 23 BoE monitoring developments ‘very closely’ LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The Bank of England said on Monday it … Read more

Central banks raise rates again as Fed drives global inflation fight

Rates raised from Britain to Indonesia after the Fed moved Investors price in bigger hikes from ECB Japan steps in as yen plummets Emerging market currencies under pressure FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Global central banks continued raising interest rates on Thursday, following the US Federal Reserve in a fight against inflation that is sending … Read more

Europe races to prepare for energy crunch this winter

Spain may shut energy-intensive industries at peak times France prepares to send gas to Germany in October Germany to sign LNG contracts in UAE Berlin still working on Uniper bailout BERLIN/LISBON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Germany was pressing on Monday to secure liquefied natural gas contracts with Gulf producers and other European states outlined measures … Read more