What to Expect from the Week Ahead

The eurozone debt situation and and U.K. bank regulation, inflation figures and retail data promise to dominate play this week

Morningstar.co.uk Editors 9 September, 2011 | 6:10PM
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A combination of financial regulation developments, upcoming eurozone debt decisions and key inflation and trade statistics from China and the developed economies will be keeping investors busy in the second full week of September.

Markets will wake up on Monday to the outcome of the G7 finance ministers meeting in Marseille this Friday. Having started midafternoon on Friday, the meeting is most likely going to be dominated by eurozone debt talk and economic recovery worries. A number of parties, including host country France and the new IMF chief Christine Lagarde, have called for a need for the developed economies to commit to boosting growth. In the run up to the meeting there has been speculation that a form of coordinated monetary easing might come as a result of the meeting, though political pressure in the eurozone and the U.S., as well as the United State’s newly-announced $447 billion jobs package, might make such a decision difficult to negotiate.

Closer to home, the U.K. Independent Commission on Banking is due to release its final report on the British banking system on Monday. The recommendation to ring-fence large banks has been one widely commented on proposal, and one that is endorsed by the Chancellor. The fine print and the implementation schedule for the changes are likely to attract attention, as investors evaluate how the need to isolate core retail from riskier bank businesses will impact the already troubled U.K. banking sector, particularly Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Barclays (BARC)

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