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Today's markets: Millions of millionaires and $2trn for Microsoft

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Today's markets: Millions of millionaires and $2trn for Microsoft
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  • Microsoft enters $2trn club 

Good morning and welcome to the IC’s live blog on a day where English optimism is shining: UK employers’ confidence is at a five year high, millions have become millionaires thanks to surging markets and property prices, and Microsoft has become the second company in the world to claim a $2trn crown.

At the Investors’ Chronicle, we’re celebrating the recognition of three of our top writers at the CFA Awards by making their award-winning articles free for a limited time only. You can read them here. 

The global picture is less sunny, especially Hong Kong where a major asset freeze has forced the closure of pro-democracy media outlet Apple Daily. Bitcoin has tumbled below $30,000 for the first time since January. African nations are braced for a further wave of Covid-19. 

Find out how today’s top news stories might impact your investments in the blog below.