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Japan’s nuclear fears pose new problems for markets

Fund managers and economists say the nuclear threat exposed by the Japan earthquake could have unprecedented implications for markets and makes solid economic predictions impossible.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch European equity strategist Gary Baker says uncertainty over the nuclear power plants poses a problem that was not present during other disasters in recent years, such as Hurricane Katrina.

Rathbone Unit Trust Management head of multi-asset investment David Coombs says: “I cannot call nuclear issues, I cannot rationalise and predict them. However, Japan has been incredible at overcoming these issues in the past.”


Nikkei falls 6 per cent after earthquake

Japanese shares have fallen by over 6 per cent on the first full trading day since the earthquake and tsunami hit the country. The Nikkei 225 closed on 9,620.49, a fall of 6.18 per cent. The Bank of Japan has injected £114bn into the banking system to stabilise markets. Over 10,000 people are feared dead […]

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Japan’s Nikkei 225 rebounds after sharp falls

Japan’s stocks rebounded today as the Nikkei 225 closed up 5.68 per cent to 9,094. The index registered a fall of over almost 17 per cent on Monday and Tuesday this week following the earthquake and tsunami which hit the country on Friday and has claimed over 10,000 lives. Many commentators have been bullish on […]

Zurich increases Openwork loan and offers advisers preference shares

Zurich has increased its loan facility to Openwork from £18m to £30m and offered the network’s advisers 30 per cent of preference shares in a restructuring of the firm’s funding. Shareholders met at Birmingham Airport yesterday and 95 per cent voted for a restructure of the business which will see Openwork advisers given 30 per […]


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