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The NASDAQ closes above 5,000 just hours after the FTSE reached a new record high of 7,000 in London. So why are markets so buoyant? We turn to Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York for today’s market report.

Plus - Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn ...
Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn takeover of UK lender TSB. If approved, it would be the latest in a string of acquisitions at home and abroad. So just how did Sabadell weather a financial storm that left many other Spanish banks in near ruins? We ...
The Dow falls as investors start betting on a US rate rise towards the end of the year. Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics in New York shares his analysis of today's trading.
As the Swiss central bank halves its economic growth forecast for this year, we look at the Swiss firms shutting down and moving to cheaper locations in Austria and Slovakia because of the soaring value of the Swiss franc. With a solar eclipse on its way, we hear about why the natural phenomenon presents ...
The US Federal Reserve shows signs they may raise interest rates in the near future. We get reaction from economist Chris Low at FTN Financial in New York and from the trading floor with Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, anti-austerity protests in Frankfurt as the European Central Bank ...
We have comprehensive coverage of the UK budget, 50 days before a general election.

Our reporter Lucy Burton takes the economic temperature on the UK high street, plus we have analysis from noted economist Roger Bootle and British pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance.

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US markets nudge lower and oil drops again - Doug McIntyre from financial news website 24/7 Wall Street says some investors think rock bottom is still some way off.
Days after Cyclone Pam hit the pacific nation of Vanuatu, we assess the economic impact. And the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Change tells us the disaster is a sign the world's weather system has changed.

Avoiding another scandal - HSBC closes bank accounts in the British Channel Islands. We have ...
Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments on a buoyant day in the markets.
Greece says it still has cash - as Yanis Varoufakis is accused of flaunting his wealth. We have analysis from Hugo Dixon at Reuters, and the perspective of Greek economist Costas Meghir.

Israeli voters go to the polls tomorrow. We hear why the economy is centre stage during this election.

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Chris Low from FTN Financial reflects on a turbulent day on the US markets
The British Government claims its decision to join a new Asian infrastructure investment bank creates an unrivalled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together. Are measures to tackle climate change working better than the world thought? Emissions of greenhouse gases stalled last year ...
Cary Leahey from Decision Economics gives his views on dollar/euro parity.
The president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, says using Arctic resources should be "on the table." The government of Andorra has taken control of a bank accused of money laundering by the authorities in the USA. And Lohan Presencer, Chief Executive of Ministry of Sound, joins us to explain why he ...
The Federal Reserve announces the results of its latest stress test on banks. Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St tells who came top of the class and who has to try harder.
New data from China suggests the economy there is slowing; the BBC's Linda Yueh tells us what is going on. US commentator Irwin Stelzer looks forward to key stress tests for Wall Street banks. BBC presenter and world famous petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended - but what does it mean financially ...
It's been a turbulent day for share markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
London's main index closed two and a half per cent lower, it's sharpest one-day fall for five months. In New York, the Dow didn't fare much better. Brian Tora at the stockbroker J M Finn and veteran Wall Street watcher Bob Brusca ...
The price of plastic: Europe is restricting credit and debit card transaction costs. But who's going to benefit most - shops, or consumers? We have reaction from retailers, and the card payments industry. Also in the programme, tech shares in the US are approaching levels last seen in the dotcom boom, ...
A positive day for shares in New York, as we hear from Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments in Chicago.
After months of speculation, the European Central Bank finally began its bond-buying - or QE programme - today. We hear from across Europe, as well as from economist Roger Bootle. The BBC's Phil Mercer reports from Sydney on the economics of surfing, while regular commentator Lucy Kellaway explains why ...
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