Financial markets fear further rate rises next year

Financial markets are heading into a nervous week, amid fresh expectations that European interest rates could rise further next year and new figures showing a sharp slowdown in US growth.

28th October, 2006

Financial markets are heading into a nervous week, amid fresh expectations that European interest rates could rise further next year and new figures showing a sharp slowdown in US growth.

Another ECB interest rate increase in December was already widely expected.

However, figures published last Friday showing that private sector lending in the eurozone is rising at a record rate have increased speculation that interest rates will rise further next year. Loans to the private...

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