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Bonds news & analysis

Fireworks to set markets alight

19 December 2014

The launch of full-blown quantitative easing by the European Central Bank has ramifications for a host of financial markets. Expect fireworks in Japan too

It would not be an understatement to say that the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to play a pivotal role in financial markets next year. In fact, expect fireworks to be set off in a whole host of financial markets as early as the first quarter of 2015.

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