(Open): Shares were given a boost in early trade after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing more stimulus measures.
Eurozone inflation rose slightly in October, but it was not enough to alleviate fears that the single currency could be heading for deflation.
The threat of a triple-dip recession in the eurozone, civil unrest in China and the Ebola crisis have created an unprecedented number of headwinds for the global economy, according to the chief executive of WPP.
Parts of that 1927 bond offering can be traced back to the South Sea Company, the Crimean War and even the financing of the wars against Napoleon.
Wholesale gas prices in the UK today hit a record low for supplies to be delivered in November and December, adding to pressure on energy firms to cut household bills.