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• The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at a record high of 14,578.54 and 1569.19 on March 28th, respectively; above their .....

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• The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at a record high of 14,578.54 and 1569.19 on March 28th, respectively; above their previous highs in October 2007. U.S. consumer confidence in March gave back almost all of its February rebound thanks to fiscal uncertainty. • Manufacturing across Europes major economies endured another month of mostly deep decline in March, dragging down even former bright spots. The unemployment rate in the euro zone reached an all-time high of 12% (and 10.9% in the wider European Union). • The Bank of Japan conducted its first bond-buying operations after announcing a radical easing of monetary policy. • In China, there was surprise at a trade deficit seen March, this was driven by an increase in imports over exports, and was driven by stronger than expected demand for commodities such as oil and copper.

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