Following weeks of low volumes, slow news flow and steady gains for equity markets investors are braced for some big events in September which could make or break investor returns for 2012.
A lion, with 22,000 followers on twitter, is reportedly on the loose in the county of Essex to the east of London. With police marksmen and helicopters hunting for the large cat in the Clacton area of Essex, local residents have been warned to stay inside until the animal is caught.
Investors across the world are awaiting further news on whether the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve will decide to turn the quantitative easing taps on and begin buying bonds aggressively in a bid to kick-start ailing growth in Europe and the United States.
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The S&P 500 is likely to fall by 20-25 percent over the next three months according to Nomura strategist Bob Janjuah.