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Week in review: pumping money

20/09/2019 · Next (NXT)  · Quixant PLC (QXT)  · Thomas Cook (TCG) 

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Want to know why a big UK bank is winning this week, how India steadied the markets and why you shouldn’t panic about the US economy – yet. Our guide to this week’s biggest business stories will provide the answers.


For markets: boosting the system

The US central bank has pumped more than $200bn into the financial system this week, bringing back memories from 2008. The federal reserve’s aim was to stabilise interest rates in what is known as the “repo market” – where banks and hedge funds swap bonds for cash – which suddenly rose to 10% from a normal 2-2.5%.

Strain in the repo markets has brought back alarming memories of 2008, when a similar issue was one of the first signs of trouble ahead of the financial crisis. But it’s not yet time to panic about the state…

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