NEWS Focus

On Sunday 1 October, Catalonia held a controversial referendum for independence. The vote was deemed unconstitutional by the Spanish Constitutional Court and the central government tried to prevent it from taking place by ordering police and security force reinforcements to seize ballots and close polling locations.

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NEWS Focus

Although many aspects of cybersecurity are rooted in technology, a change in understanding is emerging that cyber risk’s historically technological perspective benefits from the business approaches that are native to the finance department.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to dissolve Japan’s parliament and call a general election for 22 October. PM Abe is seeking to take advantage of an improvement in opinion polling following his robust objections in international media to successive missile tests by North Korea.

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NEWS Focus

At the FOMC meeting on September 19 and 20, members charted the central bank’s so-called dot plot of expected rates for the years out to 2020, involving one interest rate hike in 2017, three in 2018, two in 2019 and only one in 2020, leading to an end figure of 2.875% vs. 1.125% currently.

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