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Nick Hanspal

Why haven’t the U.S. raised interest rates?

At the beginning of 2015, the likelihood of an imminent increase in the U.S. interest rate seemed high. The unemployment rate had been gradually falling from its high of 10% in October 2009, to 5.7% in January 2015. On December 17th 2014, the Fed revealed that its long term full employment rate target was between 5-5.2%. With the most recent September unemployment rate revealed as 5.1%, it seems that full employment for the US is within reach. This along with a healthy GDP growth rate in Q2 2015 of 3.9%, above the expected 3.7%, indicates that the US economy is performing well.

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Joshua Marsh

Has QE helped in Europe

The ECB has been running its own QE programme since March 2015, buying €60bn worth of government bonds from around Europe every single month and will continue to do so until at least September 2016. Their main aim was to eventually meet their inflation target of close to, but not exceeding, 2%, after the Eurozone fell into deflation last December. But nine months down the line, has this actually worked as well as the ECB had hoped back in January?

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Rui Rodrigues

China Cuts rates

Last Friday China’s central bank surprised the world by cutting its interest rates for the sixth time since November, to help jumpstart its slowing economy. The lending rate was lowered 25 basis points to 4.35%, the deposit rate was also cut 25 basis points to 1.5%, and the reserve requirement ratio was cut by 50 basis points to 18%.

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Ashley Chadwick

Met attends - UCL Careers in Banking and Finance insight day

Recently, I was invited to UCL to take part in a panel discussion about recent graduates as part of their Careers in Banking and Finance insight day. I was appearing alongside representatives from the likes of the Bank of England, London Stock exchange and Barclays.

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Adam Broadbent

Forget working for a bank, should you just become a prop trader?

Met Traders were featured in a recent eFinancial article discussing the alternative route for aspiring traders rather than traditional banks.

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