UNLESS it springs a major surprise, the US Federal Reserve will call time this week on its programme of government bond purchases, which at one point was pumping $85bn (£52.83bn) a month into financial markets and the economy.
The good times keep on rolling for Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic party, with a new Opinium/Observer poll showing 31 per cent of voters would be willing to back Ukip if they thought they had a decent chance of winning in their constituency.
UK banks have passed the stress tests carried out by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and European Central Bank (ECB), but a number of others have failed and must plug a gap of €24.6bn within nine months.
A scratch behind the ears and a doggy biscuit for newly-listed Pets at Home, which today reported a 4.2 per cent rise in first-half sales, pushing its shares up almost three per cent in mid-morning trading.
Shares in TSB jumped 3.2 per cent this morning, after it published figures showing profits had soared 28.8 per cent to £33.1m in the three months to 30 September as it picked up nearly one in 10 new current accounts in the UK.
TESCO could be forced to scrap its dividend and sell chunks of its global empire, after its credit rating was downgraded to one notch above junk, driving up the cost of borrowing and underlining its dire financial plight.