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Is the economic storm passing?

The sun appears to be breaking through after the storm that hit the financial market last week. The London Stock Exchange has continued to increase its value after the G8 Meeting of Sunday. France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Japan and Qatar all took measures to guarantee deposits and improve bank liquidity, showing an encouraging recovery for markets across the world.

The governments committed trillions of dollars to stop the collapse of the financial system, a measure that appears to have been successful so far. The decision of the American Treasury will provide a wide variety of banks with $250bn (£143bn). However, whilst a renewed confidence this week underlines how the collapse of the markets last week was the result of a common fear, we’re far from clear of danger.

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From this market volatility we must learn how the collaboration and the union can help business – every business, including your own.

Stock markets around the world slump further

The panic is spreading worldwide: the slump of every stock market can take the global economy into a deep recession. After Wall Street fell to a five-year low last night with the Dow Jones closing at 7.3% down, the day started very badly in Asia, where Singapore slid into recession, and quickly spread to Europe. In London, the FTSE 100 plunged more than 10% in the first 30 mins of trading.
What will happen in Wall Street today? And in Europe?

What does ‘recession’ mean? And what does it mean for your business and for your livelihood?

Here is a quick press review for you:

BBC News : Fear grips global stock markets

Reuters : Global rout, bank woes roil Wall Street

Guardian : Markets crash: How panic spread around the globe

Timesonline.co.uk : Wall St shares plummet, following London and Asia, as G7 gathers

Bloomberg : Most U.S. Stocks Decline on Credit Crisis; Regional Banks Gain

The world is changing: investment banks are no more…

The recent developments in the financial world are forcing vast changes to the economic climate and the markets are desperately trying to right themselves amidst the evolution many banking sectors are experiencing. In one week the era of the independent investment bank has ended, deeply changing the worldwide financial landscape.

‘Wall Street as we’ve known it for decades has ceased to exist’, explains The Wall Street Journal, though the gravity of such a change is of course affecting London: six months ago there were five major investment banks, now a portion of the market has vanished overnight; Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns have collapsed, Merrill Lynch is getting bought out by the Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are becoming commercial banks.

Two banking giants filing for bankruptcy is a clear sign of a problem with the system, and now the survivors have to arrange their affairs to conform to the capital requirements and other rules that govern such commercial banks.

Perhaps this is one of the greatest tests to the global economy in decades: and a strong example of rules required. Lax regulations have allowed investment banks to boost their profits for almost twenty years by borrowing money and investing in ever more risky schemes. And now they are paying the price.

What will happen now? Can we be sure that the worldwide economic machine is correcting itself against the greed of man?

Markets stormy and Exchange swinging from London to the world

Welcome back to London Presence. In our daily press review, we want to talk again about the turbulant time for the Economy around the World. Bloomberg, our favourite reference, has underlined again today that the European confidence has dropped most since September 11 Attacks. In his analysis, the editor Fergal O’Brien explains how “Europeans’ confidence in the outlook for the economy dropped the most since the September 11 terrorist attacks…”.

Last week the German Finance Ministry spoke about the long way to a recovery in Europe’s biggest economy, the euro rose to $1.5916, whilst the dollar and the pound slumped against the euro. Then, after the announcement by the Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson concerning the possibility of raising interest rates, the dollar has started to rise against the yen once more. In the meantime the pound has stabilised against the dollar, but analysts have warned the pound is to weaken by the fear of a UK recession.

It’s a volatile period in which markets are stormy and exchanges are swinging in every direction. The bull and bear of the market seem to have replaced the inconsistency in London weather as we seem to have found a sunny patch for a change.

A lot of experts suggest just one solution: spreadbets. “Spreadbetting is a way in which risks can be reduced and overall returns enhanced”, say senior sales traders. But what is a spreadbet?

Keep in touch and we will soon explain what it means and how it works.