FTSE 100 and pound slump as lockdown fears mount

Good morning. 

It’s a bad start to the Christmas week for Standard Chartered, which has been hit with a record fine for failings in its regulatory disclosures.

The Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) has fined the bank £46.55m for reporting errors relating to its US liquidity position.

The financial watchdog said StanChart failed to promptly report one of the errors and then was uncooperative during the process.

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5) Another lockdown ‘very tough to survive’, warns Vue boss Tim Richards open to floating his cinema chain – if it can get through another winter of Covid

What happened overnight 

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Monday amid concern about the coronavirus’s latest variant and tighter Federal Reserve policy.

Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated at the start of a trading week that ends with many closing early for Christmas.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.8pc to 3,605.21 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo tumbled 2.1pc to 27,942.84. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 1.5pc to 22,837.64.

Coming up today

Corporate: Scottish Investment Trust (Full-year results); Nike (Interim results)

Economics: Rightmove house price index (UK); interest rate decision (China); CBI Monthly Industrial Trends Survey (UK)

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