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What's knocked markets off course?

Financial markets had seen smooth sailing in recent years. But it looks like that's over.

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Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy

Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

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Brexit: No-deal will near-bankrupt UK, says Branson

The Virgin founder says "quite a few" UK businesses will close if there is a no-deal Brexit.

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Tourist pound now down at close to just one dollar

Airport currency exchanges are offering rates as low as $1.05 for a pound

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Why are people spending less this Christmas?

Brexit uncertainty and rising prices in shops are influencing consumers' shopping habits in the run-up to Christmas.

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China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war

The country's finance ministry also confirms plans to suspend higher tariffs on US-made cars.

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ECB ends €2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme

The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its massive bond-buying programme this month.

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Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS

Brexit uncertainty is expected to hit the property market over the next three months, surveyors say.

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Is the US heading for a recession?

Investors are worried a recession might be about to hit the US, so do they have reason to be concerned?

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Wages rises accelerate to fastest pace since 2008

Average weekly earnings record the biggest rise since November 2008.

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France 'Gilets Jaunes': Spending cuts to fund Macron concessions

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says measures to defuse protests will be paid for by spending cuts.

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UK economy slows as car sales fall

The economy grew by 0.4% in the three months to October, latest official figures show.

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Urjit Patel: India's central bank governor resigns

Urjit Patel left his post amid a reported rift between the Reserve Bank of India and the government.

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November shopper footfall 'worst since recession'

The Black Friday effect is driving more shopping online for a longer period, retail researchers say.

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UK house price rise 'slowest for six years'

Prices rise 0.3% from a year earlier, with the average home now valued at £224,578, the Halifax says.

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Investor visa scheme halted in money laundering crackdown

Ministers are suspending a "gold-plated" scheme offering foreigners a fast-track to settling in the UK.

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Brexit Basics: The single market explained

Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.

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How traffic lights became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how traffic lights became a million dollar idea.

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Branson: Hard Brexit would torpedo some Virgin firms

Sir Richard Branson has spoken out against a hard Brexit, warning it would be "an absolute disaster".

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.

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Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?

Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?

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Love Islanders' Instagram tips on how to make money from #ad

Each paid post is making reality TV stars like Paul Knops and Jamie Jewitt hundreds of pounds - but how?

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What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

What lessons can the we learn from the economic ructions suffered by New Zealand in 1973 when the UK joined the EEC?

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Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned?

The ONS is about to announce how it will treat student loans in the national accounts. Will it lead to changes in student finance?

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Who really influences the price of oil?

Does Opec still control the price of oil in today's global market?

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Donald Trump v the world: US tariffs in four charts

From Spanish olives to Chinese aluminium, no corner of the world has been untouched by US trade tariffs.

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Will Opec defy Trump's call for low oil prices?

Oil prices recently hit 12-month lows. Opec wants to raise them, President Trump wants them lowered.

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Is the shopping centre ready to check out?

They were once visions of the future, but are shopping centres now past their sell-by date?

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Are free ports the future?

Can free ports spark a post-Brexit manufacturing boom? Jonty Bloom reports from Teesside, which plans to become the UK's first free port.

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Why Switzerland is worried about UK trade after Brexit

Switzerland may not be a European Union member - but has good reason to closely watch Brexit proceedings.

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Black Friday: How sales have changed how we spend

British consumers are now buying more in November than in December.

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Should we pay people for donating blood?

Worldwide sales of blood plasma are increasingly strongly, but is it ethically right that people should be paid to donate it?

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Choppy waters for Greek shipping sector

Greece’s key shipping industry – the biggest in the world – is going to be greatly affected by the US ban on Iranian oil exports.

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China President Xi's economic reform promises underwhelm

China's president pledges to boost imports and open China's economy, but will the promises change anything?

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Is the Arctic set to become a main shipping route?

Melting Arctic sea ice may be about to open up the Northwest Passage to cargo shipping.

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