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....First MTR will take over the franchise from Stagecoach on 20 August, during a period of major disruption on South Western, with fewer trains running during the upgrade of its London Waterloo terminus. The transport minister Paul Maynard said: “This multimillion-pound investment in a new fleet of British-built trains is excellent news for South West passengers and the British economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 20th of June 2017 09:01:04 AM
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....Holland & Barrett has been acquired for £1. 8bn by a retail investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. First it lured Natalie Massenet, the queen of online luxury, then it teamed up with fashion bible Vogue, and now it has won a multi-million pound investment from China’s biggest retailer: London-based fashion website Farfetch has rapidly gone from edgy outsider to hot ticket. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The long buy-to-let boom may also have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the property market. Many small flats and houses have been bought as investments for a pension, and may therefore not reappear on the market for decades, said Patel. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... At the time, Barclays raised billions of pounds from Qatar in a move that allowed the bank to avoid taking a taxpayer bailout. The SFO said the charges related to the two fundraisings the bank embarked on in June and October 2008 with two investment vehicles related to Qatar, including one used by the prime minister at the time, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, and a $3bn (£2. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... However, more wanted to scrap or abandon state aid rules than retain them. The group’s members oppose an energy price cap which many thought would hurt investment. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Unlike gas, hydrogen produces no emissions when burned, although it is only considered a green fuel if produced with renewable power. The newly appointed energy minister, Claire Perry, said: “The UK government is committed to leading the world in delivering clean energy technology and today’s investment shows that we are prepared to support innovation in this critical area. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 20th of June 2017 04:28:40 PM
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....Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, a group that represents retailers in the area, admitted that “Central London costs are rising, particularly as a result of the recent business rates review, which hit Bond Street very hard. ” But he said a £10m investment in the street is already under way, to improve its appearance, and insisted: “Bond Street remains the centre of London’s luxury quarter. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... “It has been much more persistent in that if you thought it was something that was a seven-day wonder, it isn’t. There is still a substantial number of advertisers yet to return to their prior weight of ad investment. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:14:48 AM
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.... Wages vary, but none of the four factories pays the “living wage”, which in Cambodia is £300 a month, according to the workers’ rights alliance Asia Floor Wage. Bent Gehrt, south-east Asia field director for the Worker Rights Consortium, which monitors factories making clothing for US universities, said: “There is no proper investment in an adequate working environment and no investment in the living wage. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. The latest wave of job cuts by RBS in the UK comes after at least 400 roles were moved to India last year, including 300 or so investment banking jobs. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Andrea Leadsom, the former secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, who was succeeded by Michael Gove this month, had suggested that farmers invest in machinery to boost productivity. But farmers say appropriate technology requires heavy investment and will not be a solution in the short term. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The euro clearing issue is one of many competitive threats to the City in the wake of the Brexit vote. Europe’s pre-eminent financial centre is also battling to retain major investment banks – from Goldman Sachs to UBS – that are openly considering moving British-based operations to the EU. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... That ended months of uncertainty, and failed attempts to raise fresh capital, and forced the Italian government to commence insolvency proceedings and wind them up. The government had spent months trying to avoid liquidation, by using a mixture of state funds and private investment to recapitalise both lenders. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. Nonetheless Taxa has gone on to create another bioengineered plant, this time a fragrant moss – something Evans says would not have been possible had it not been for the publicity and investment they attracted with their first failed project. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. The investment plans of Jaguar Land Rover are unlikely to be an isolated reaction to Brexit. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 24th of June 2017 04:05:04 PM
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....Between the election and now, we have seen a narrowing and lessening of expectations regarding bank reforms. In Congress, meanwhile, Democrats and some Republicans, among them senators Elizabeth Warren and John McCain, are looking for ways to revive a version of the Glass-Steagall Act, the 80-year-old statute that kept investment banking and consumer lending separate until it was scrapped under Bill Clinton in 1999. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 25th of June 2017 11:00:28 AM
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....A spokesperson at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy said: “Ofgem is an independent regulator and BEIS cannot influence what is included in its Supplier Cost Index. Energy suppliers do have to make upfront investments to purchase and fit smart meters but once installed they will then help reduce energy bills. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 26th of June 2017 02:20:15 PM
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....When a bonus cap was introduced by the European Union in 2013, limiting bonuses to one times salary or double if shareholders approved, the government refused to give the approval that would have allowed RBS to pay out more. The public anger sparked by the financial crisis forced greater disclosure from banks about the way they paid their top staff, particularly banks like Barclays that have large investment banking operations. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 20th of June 2017 06:01:43 PM
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.... But our biggest fear is that, in two years’ time, we fall off a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior WTO terms. “This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Guided mainly by a cash-flow analysis, European authorities argue that low interest rates and long maturities have made the nation’s debt sustainable. But the fund notes that, at almost 200% of GDP, Greece’s stock of debt deters investment and capital inflows. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 22nd of June 2017 08:29:31 AM
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....A hard Brexit would be a “calamity” that would spell the end for the Heathrow expansion, according to the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. While the airport has argued that Brexit makes its third runway ever more important, Andrew Adonis said private investment in infrastructure would be off the table unless Britain could maintain ties with the EU. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 26th of June 2017 12:32:00 PM
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....In his delayed speech to the City of London’s elite at Mansion House, Carney explained why he was one of five of eight members voting for no change in borrowing costs. “From my perspective, given the mixed signals on consumer spending and business investment, and given the still subdued domestic inflationary pressures, in particular anaemic wage growth, now is not yet the time to begin that adjustment [to higher rates]. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 20th of June 2017 07:33:47 AM
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....Finally, there are those who favour left exit or Lexit, a group that sees the EU as anti-democratic, pro-big business and steeped in conservative economics. Lexiteers see Brexit not as a threat but as an opportunity to use trade, procurement, tax, ownership, and public investment to transform the economy along socialist lines. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 25th of June 2017 01:05:57 PM
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....Hammond said the future of the economy was inexorably linked to the kind of Brexit deal reached with the EU. He told the audience of financiers: “I am confident we can do a Brexit deal that puts jobs and prosperity first, that reassures employers that they will still be able to access the talent they need, that keeps our markets for goods and services and capital open, that achieves early agreement on transitional arrangements so that trade can carry on flowing smoothly, and businesses up and down the country can move on with investment decisions that they want to make, but that have been on hold since the referendum. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The royal family’s commercial property arm has had full confidence in the resilience of the market in the West End of London despite the Brexit vote. Even though investment in commercial property sank to its lowest levels in four years in the aftermath of the referendum, the Crown Estate said it was pushing ahead with a £100m development of Duke’s Court, a mixed retail and office block in St James’s, because it believed in “the fundamentals of London’s West End”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....But the number of entries increases almost exponentially, up nearly fourfold since launch. The innovation area has already brought us Blendle – a subscription model the New York Times has put on its investment roster – as well as hugely influential news websites such as De Correspondent in Holland and eldiario. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... He was the first bank boss to apologise during the financial crisis, and was proud of steering Barclays through the crisis without need for a government bailout. Having graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in history, Varley started out as a solicitor before joining Barclays in 1982 to help set up its investment banking operation. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The best that can be said is that the influence of Mr Kalanick’s behaviour as a model endorsed by success has been weakened. It does nothing to change two hard facts: first, that Uber assumes that in the medium term, its huge investment in self-driving cars will make drivers redundant altogether; second, that tech giants in the US like Apple and Facebook as well as Uber are funded by investors so hungry for a piece of the action, they are prepared to take an economic risk without economic control. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Co-op Bank abandons sale talks as it edges towards rescue deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 05:25:23 PM
....While a number of potential bidders had originally been cited as interested in the bank – such as Virgin Money – it is thought that only one had remained until recently. That bid was from a consortium including Al Faisal Holding, a Qatari conglomerate with interests ranging from hotels to transport, in a deal coordinated by Interritus, an investment fund. ...
Tenant fees ARE a rip-off, says letting agent that welcomes ban  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 02:47:00 PM
.... The Association for Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) this week said landlords stand to lose £300million from the Government's ban, which is likely to be recouped from tenants. David Cox, chief executive, ARLA Propertymark said: “A ban on letting agent fees will cost the sector jobs, make buy-to-let investment even less attractive, and ultimately result in the costs being passed on to tenants. ...
Smart meter rollout could force household bills to rise, says supplier image
....A spokesperson at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy said: “Ofgem is an independent regulator and BEIS cannot influence what is included in its Supplier Cost Index. Energy suppliers do have to make upfront investments to purchase and fit smart meters but once installed they will then help reduce energy bills. ...
Hard Brexit could halt Heathrow expansion plans, says Lord Adonis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 12:32:00 PM
....A hard Brexit would be a “calamity” that would spell the end for the Heathrow expansion, according to the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. While the airport has argued that Brexit makes its third runway ever more important, Andrew Adonis said private investment in infrastructure would be off the table unless Britain could maintain ties with the EU. ...
Holland & Barrett sold to Russian billionaire for £1.8bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 07:53:35 AM
....Holland & Barrett has been acquired for £1. 8bn by a retail investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman. ...
UK on track to miss carbon emissions target due to stalled energy policy image
.... However, more wanted to scrap or abandon state aid rules than retain them. The group’s members oppose an energy price cap which many thought would hurt investment. ...
Italy to wind up two failing banks at potential cost of €17bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 05:14:25 PM
.... That ended months of uncertainty, and failed attempts to raise fresh capital, and forced the Italian government to commence insolvency proceedings and wind them up. The government had spent months trying to avoid liquidation, by using a mixture of state funds and private investment to recapitalise both lenders. ...
RBS to cut hundreds of UK jobs in move to India image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 03:48:43 PM
....”. The latest wave of job cuts by RBS in the UK comes after at least 400 roles were moved to India last year, including 300 or so investment banking jobs. ...
Bond Street: status of UK's most exclusive shopping street under threat image
....Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, a group that represents retailers in the area, admitted that “Central London costs are rising, particularly as a result of the recent business rates review, which hit Bond Street very hard. ” But he said a £10m investment in the street is already under way, to improve its appearance, and insisted: “Bond Street remains the centre of London’s luxury quarter. ...
With politics turned on its head, Labour sticks to Brexit ambiguity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 01:05:57 PM
....Finally, there are those who favour left exit or Lexit, a group that sees the EU as anti-democratic, pro-big business and steeped in conservative economics. Lexiteers see Brexit not as a threat but as an opportunity to use trade, procurement, tax, ownership, and public investment to transform the economy along socialist lines. ...
Trump could use alternate routes to roll back bank reforms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 11:00:28 AM
....Between the election and now, we have seen a narrowing and lessening of expectations regarding bank reforms. In Congress, meanwhile, Democrats and some Republicans, among them senators Elizabeth Warren and John McCain, are looking for ways to revive a version of the Glass-Steagall Act, the 80-year-old statute that kept investment banking and consumer lending separate until it was scrapped under Bill Clinton in 1999. ...
Maxed-out consumers of concern to Bank of England image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of June 2017 06:00:22 AM
....The royal family’s commercial property arm has had full confidence in the resilience of the market in the West End of London despite the Brexit vote. Even though investment in commercial property sank to its lowest levels in four years in the aftermath of the referendum, the Crown Estate said it was pushing ahead with a £100m development of Duke’s Court, a mixed retail and office block in St James’s, because it believed in “the fundamentals of London’s West End”. ...
Europe is the shared story our papers tell. It’s what made me who I am image
....But the number of entries increases almost exponentially, up nearly fourfold since launch. The innovation area has already brought us Blendle – a subscription model the New York Times has put on its investment roster – as well as hugely influential news websites such as De Correspondent in Holland and eldiario. ...
Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings image
.... Wages vary, but none of the four factories pays the “living wage”, which in Cambodia is £300 a month, according to the workers’ rights alliance Asia Floor Wage. Bent Gehrt, south-east Asia field director for the Worker Rights Consortium, which monitors factories making clothing for US universities, said: “There is no proper investment in an adequate working environment and no investment in the living wage. ...
Exporters are wise to start preparing for a hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 04:05:04 PM
. The investment plans of Jaguar Land Rover are unlikely to be an isolated reaction to Brexit. ...
Handbags at dawn with Farfetch, the latest thing in upmarket online fashion image
. First it lured Natalie Massenet, the queen of online luxury, then it teamed up with fashion bible Vogue, and now it has won a multi-million pound investment from China’s biggest retailer: London-based fashion website Farfetch has rapidly gone from edgy outsider to hot ticket. ...
London could lose out as ECB seeks control of euro clearing after Brexit image
....The euro clearing issue is one of many competitive threats to the City in the wake of the Brexit vote. Europe’s pre-eminent financial centre is also battling to retain major investment banks – from Goldman Sachs to UBS – that are openly considering moving British-based operations to the EU. ...
Greek debt: IMF and EU's quick fix isn't enough | Mohamed El-Erian image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 08:29:31 AM
.... Guided mainly by a cash-flow analysis, European authorities argue that low interest rates and long maturities have made the nation’s debt sustainable. But the fund notes that, at almost 200% of GDP, Greece’s stock of debt deters investment and capital inflows. ...
Google and Facebook 'will lose millions in ads over extremism fears' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:14:48 AM
.... “It has been much more persistent in that if you thought it was something that was a seven-day wonder, it isn’t. There is still a substantial number of advertisers yet to return to their prior weight of ad investment. ...
British farmers warn loss of EU workers will see strawberry prices soar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 12:00:22 AM
....Andrea Leadsom, the former secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, who was succeeded by Michael Gove this month, had suggested that farmers invest in machinery to boost productivity. But farmers say appropriate technology requires heavy investment and will not be a solution in the short term. ...
The Guardian view on Uber after Kalanick: only window dressing? | Editorial image
.... The best that can be said is that the influence of Mr Kalanick’s behaviour as a model endorsed by success has been weakened. It does nothing to change two hard facts: first, that Uber assumes that in the medium term, its huge investment in self-driving cars will make drivers redundant altogether; second, that tech giants in the US like Apple and Facebook as well as Uber are funded by investors so hungry for a piece of the action, they are prepared to take an economic risk without economic control. ...
House sales have fallen by nearly a third in some parts of UK, says Lloyds image
....The long buy-to-let boom may also have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the property market. Many small flats and houses have been bought as investments for a pension, and may therefore not reappear on the market for decades, said Patel. ...
Paul Myners: Barclays realised taxpayer bailout would hit bonuses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 06:01:43 PM
....When a bonus cap was introduced by the European Union in 2013, limiting bonuses to one times salary or double if shareholders approved, the government refused to give the approval that would have allowed RBS to pay out more. The public anger sparked by the financial crisis forced greater disclosure from banks about the way they paid their top staff, particularly banks like Barclays that have large investment banking operations. ...
Closure of UK’s largest gas storage site ‘could mean volatile prices’ image
....Unlike gas, hydrogen produces no emissions when burned, although it is only considered a green fuel if produced with renewable power. The newly appointed energy minister, Claire Perry, said: “The UK government is committed to leading the world in delivering clean energy technology and today’s investment shows that we are prepared to support innovation in this critical area. ...
Barclays: who are the four charged bankers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 02:17:46 PM
.... He was the first bank boss to apologise during the financial crisis, and was proud of steering Barclays through the crisis without need for a government bailout. Having graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in history, Varley started out as a solicitor before joining Barclays in 1982 to help set up its investment banking operation. ...
Carmakers call for interim Brexit deal or risk falling off 'cliff edge' image
.... But our biggest fear is that, in two years’ time, we fall off a cliff edge – no deal, outside the single market and customs union and trading on inferior WTO terms. “This would undermine our competitiveness and our ability to attract the investment that is critical to future growth. ...
Derby-based Bombardier beats German rival to £900m train contract image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 09:01:04 AM
....First MTR will take over the franchise from Stagecoach on 20 August, during a period of major disruption on South Western, with fewer trains running during the upgrade of its London Waterloo terminus. The transport minister Paul Maynard said: “This multimillion-pound investment in a new fleet of British-built trains is excellent news for South West passengers and the British economy. ...
Don't believe the hype: the downside of being the next big thing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 09:00:00 AM
....”. Nonetheless Taxa has gone on to create another bioengineered plant, this time a fragrant moss – something Evans says would not have been possible had it not been for the publicity and investment they attracted with their first failed project. ...
Philip Hammond says Brexit deal must put jobs and prosperity first image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 08:41:04 AM
....Hammond said the future of the economy was inexorably linked to the kind of Brexit deal reached with the EU. He told the audience of financiers: “I am confident we can do a Brexit deal that puts jobs and prosperity first, that reassures employers that they will still be able to access the talent they need, that keeps our markets for goods and services and capital open, that achieves early agreement on transitional arrangements so that trade can carry on flowing smoothly, and businesses up and down the country can move on with investment decisions that they want to make, but that have been on hold since the referendum. ...
Bank of England says interest rates should be kept on hold amid Brexit uncertainty image
....In his delayed speech to the City of London’s elite at Mansion House, Carney explained why he was one of five of eight members voting for no change in borrowing costs. “From my perspective, given the mixed signals on consumer spending and business investment, and given the still subdued domestic inflationary pressures, in particular anaemic wage growth, now is not yet the time to begin that adjustment [to higher rates]. ...
Senior Barclays bankers charged with fraud over credit crunch fundraising image
.... At the time, Barclays raised billions of pounds from Qatar in a move that allowed the bank to avoid taking a taxpayer bailout. The SFO said the charges related to the two fundraisings the bank embarked on in June and October 2008 with two investment vehicles related to Qatar, including one used by the prime minister at the time, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, and a $3bn (£2. ...
UK economy will slow amid Brexit talks and pay squeeze, warns CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 11:01:49 PM
....“While the country’s exporters should emerge as a real catalyst of growth, rising inflation and stubbornly low wage growth mean that people are already starting to feel the pinch. Tighter purse strings mean slower household spending growth and uncertainty is likely to weigh on the minds of those making major investment decisions. ...
Co-op Bank in advanced talks to secure hundreds of millions for rescue image
.... It did not name its suitors – which at one time were thought to include Virgin Money – although earlier this month a Qatari conglomerate was said to be interested. Al Faisal Holding, a Qatari conglomerate with interests ranging from hotels to transport, was cited as a bidder for the bank in a deal being coordinated by Interritus, an investment firm that owns a stake in Austrian bank Kommunalkredit. ...
Barclays to learn if SFO will press charges over Qatari cash injections image
....The SFO has provided little detail about its investigation, but Barclays has been required to make disclosures in its formal stock exchanges announcements. These show that the focus has been on “advisory services agreements” between Barclays and Qatar Holding, an investment vehicle for the Gulf state, which bought shares in the bank during two fundraisings at the height of the financial crisis. ...
Why the political uncertainty won't shake house price foundations   image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 09:46:00 AM
....The first thing to say is that falling house prices are only really a worry if you are looking to sell your property, as you may struggle to find a buyer at the right price. For most people, their house is their home rather than an investment, and if you have no plans to move, any loss is a paper one only. ...
Record levels of green energy in UK create strange new world for generators image
....“This is the new world for how the system’s meant to work in the UK. Generators know you’re not going to get your investment back in the energy market,” said Feddersen. ...
British workers are missing out on ‘buy one, get one free’ pension offer image
....It’s worth remembering that when an individual contributes £1 to a pension and receives standard-rate tax relief from the government, the actual cost to the worker is only 80p. If the employer matches the full £1 contribution, this means that 80p “investment” by the worker generates £2 in the pension scheme. ...
Cladding for Grenfell Tower was cheaper, more flammable option image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 12:15:05 PM
....2m last year, the same year in which the ACM it supplied was installed on Grenfell Tower. The company also paid a dividend of £950,000 to its sole shareholder, an investment group specialising in construction companies called Xerxes Equity. ...
Creditors agree terms to disburse Greece's €8.5bn bailout funds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 12:05:16 AM
....Without that, Athens is unlikely to achieve market access any time soon – a negative sign for investors who would view the country’s return to capital markets as evidence that after eight years of economic crisis and gruelling austerity the worst is behind it. Outside investment is seen as vital to Greece recouping some of the 27% loss in GDP it has suffered since its ordeal through bankruptcy began. ...
Pensions WARNING: Pots under pressure as older worker redundancy rate hits record high image
....“Redundancy later in a person’s working life will often have a big impact on pension saving by reducing contributions. Even where the investment can be made up later, it has less time to grow unless retirement is delayed. ...
Norfolk emerges as dating fraud hotspot in regional scam standings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 11:01:53 PM
. Norfolk is a hotspot for reported dating fraud, while in Surrey investment scams are a particular concern and mid-Wales has relatively high levels of reported computer repair fraud, according to Which? analysis. ...
More than half of Morrisons investors rebel over executive pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 06:21:25 PM
....“We fundamentally disagree with the ISS analysis of the performance targets. Not only does the board believe the targets to be significant and stretching, but the judgment on what the right measures are goes to the heart of rebuilding the business for the long term – striking the right balance between investment in the business and continued outperformance. ...
Bank of England edges closer to increasing UK interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 11:11:41 AM
.... They noted inflation was now expected to overshoot the Bank’s target by more than previously expected. Supporting those voting for a rate rise, there were also signs that growth in business investment and net trade was on track to make up for weaker consumption. ...
DFS warns over profits in latest sign of UK spending squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 09:32:26 AM
....4% to £461m in the year to 3 April but it slid £1. 5m into the red partly as a result of costs related to the acquisition of Naked and more investment in stores and staff. ...
The Guardian view on austerity economics: it failed | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 07:07:26 PM
.... Here, though, the chancellor’s cautious approach is less defensible than it is on Brexit. Higher government borrowing is warranted because the outlook for two of the other components of demand – consumer spending and investment – is so poor. ...
Thames Water needs to clean up its act after yet more fines | Nils Pratley image
.... That is why the perception remains that Thames has been milked by owners with a sharper sense than Ofwat of the financial risks and rewards of owning a water company. Nationalisation isn’t obviously a good answer because the upfront costs would be enormous and investment funding would probably be less secure under public ownership. ...
Duke of Westminster's property group to build 1,500 rental homes in London image
.... The company is targeting local residents and Londoners, he stressed. “It’s a rental product, not an investment product. ...
Brexit Bond offers top rate of 3% - if savers are RIGHT about UK's exit from EU image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 04:15:00 PM
....However, a return of one per cent will mean the current cost of living in effect devalues the money. The bond also demands a large minimum deposit of £10,000 - with a maximum investment of up to £150,000. ...
Shop around to tackle inflation as rate at four-time high image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:20:00 AM
....". Nick Dixon, investment director at Aegon, warned against rushing into stock markets, which have performed well, but now look overvalued, while bond yields are also low. ...
Taxman has his sights on Bank of Mum and Dad as complex rules increase  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:15:00 AM
....Smaller amounts . Adrian Lowcock, investment director at wealth managers Architas, said that everyone can give away up to £3,000 a year without any IHT charge. ...
Foreign investors snapping up London homes suitable for first-time buyers image
. Foreign investors are buying up thousands of homes suitable for first-time buyers in London, using them as buy-to-let investments and often holding them in offshore tax havens, research for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has revealed. ...
Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 01:50:27 PM
....Coal consumption has now been declining for three years in China, as its economic boom and output has tailed off in energy-intensive sectors such as iron, steel and cement. The country’s decreasing reliance on the fuel, large population and enormous investment in renewables mean it is increasingly being seen as a global leader on climate change, after the US withdrew from the Paris agreement earlier this month. ...
Carlsberg aims for zero carbon emissions after Trump's Paris pullout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:28:10 AM
....T’Hart said Carlsberg’s plans, which include using only renewable energy to brew beer by 2022, were equivalent to taking 160,000 cars off the road. The company does not expect to incur extra costs because it will shift investment from elsewhere in the business and expects the sustainability plan to reduce costs, such as energy bills, over time. ...
UK employers plan to keep hiring despite Brexit and slow growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 05:01:47 AM
....The poll, conducted during campaigning for the snap general election, found a net balance of 7% of manufacturers expected to increase their workforce over the coming quarter. ManpowerGroup put some of the strength down to investment, citing plans by the maker of Dulux paint, AkzoNobel, to open a new plant in Ashington, Northumberland. ...
Bosses are right: political uncertainty will damage the economy | Nils Pratley image
.... In any case, 52% of the voters had got want they wanted. Exporters, too, had to be concerned that slashing investment overnight could be costly. ...
Tech shares keep sinking amid concerns sector is slowing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 04:33:15 PM
.... Bezos could become the world’s richest man if the tech stocks continue to grow. Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, said it was too early to say whether the last two days of trading would develop into something worse for the tech sector but added that there were worrying signs. ...
Bad EU trade deal 'disastrous' for UK jobs, investment and growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 01:07:11 PM
....British businesses have rejected claims by leading Brexiters that trade with the rest of the world can replace free access to European markets, arguing that quitting the single market and customs union without a trade deal with the EU will harm their growth prospects. In a report by the former shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Peter Sands, senior fellows at Harvard University’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, UK businesses owners warned that a bad deal, or no deal, on Brexit would be disastrous for British jobs, investment and growth. ...
Oil giants need to invest heavily in renewables by 2035, says analysis image
. More than a fifth of investment by the largest oil and gas companies could be in wind and solar power in just over a decade, according to analysis of how global changes in energy will reshape the sector. ...
Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’ image
.... Historical struggles that the nation has overcome – Jim Crow and civil rights, the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war – have not been shared narratives, and therefore have been harder to unite around. She hopes that a shared investment in the environment can provide some of that social glue; in this respect, Trump’s rejection of the Paris Accord can be a starting pistol for communities to take action into their own hands. ...
One love, one aim … finding the best way to donate to victims of the terror attacks image
.... None of the money donated is used for its running costs: “100% goes directly into our work,” it says. “Dividends on investments cover all of the charity’s operating costs. ...
Brexit talks and government uncertainty cast a long cloud over business image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . This casts a long shadow over UK businesses, who have to make crucial investment and recruitment decisions against a backdrop of squabbling politicians, volatile stock markets, the weakened pound and our prickly relationship with the EU. ...
Business leaders demand answers over Brexit strategy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 02:03:46 PM
....The Federation of Small Businesses has called for a delay in the start of talks due to the political fallout. Aston Martin has warned that future investment could be at risk without clear indications for future EU relations. ...
Alphabet sells off 'BigDog' robot maker Boston Dynamics to Softbank image
.... The company has also been pushing its own robotics labs, with creations such as the humanoid assistant Pepper, a $1,600 bot promoted as as world’s first robot with emotions. It is not clear, yet, whether the acquisition will see Boston Dynamics incorporated into Softbank itself, or left largely independent as part of Vision Fund, the company’s $93bn technology investment fund, as Bloomberg News suggests. ...
Pound sinks but FTSE 100 climbs after shock election result image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 08:22:37 AM
....Jeremy Cook, the chief economist at World First, said sterling was moving as each seat was called through the night, with the currency staging brief recoveries every time it looked as if the poll had overemphasised Conservative weakness in the polls. “It is fair to say that the political uncertainty in the UK is rising again and thus might have implications for financial investments,” said Christoph Riniker, the head of equity strategy research at Julius Baer. ...
Business and City leaders call for reassurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 08:06:32 AM
....All business groups were keen to stress that uncertainty is the worst outcome for its members, who are struggling to come to terms with what shape the new hung parliament will take. Individual companies and chief executives have been more muted, but Aston Martin said the uncertainly could lead to a fall in investment in the UK by the luxury car maker. ...
Qatar and the UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 04:51:11 AM
....From some of the most famous hotels and landmarks to the cranes arcing over the South Bank, Qatar has a substantial finger in a huge number of pies. The UK is Qatar's single largest investment destination, with £35bn in place and another £5bn on its way in the next five years. ...
Taming the giants image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 11:38:02 PM
....Even if US regulators do begin to flex their muscles, financial analysts say they aren't worried about a crackdown hurting companies, even in Europe. Their growth potential outweighs any regulatory risks, argues Paul Gallant, a technology policy analyst at investment firm Cowen & Co. ...
Co-op Bank draws interest from Qatar conglomerate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 03:30:28 PM
....6bn and forced the business to announce more branch closures that would reduce its estate to 95, around 200 less than five years ago. Interritus is an investment firm that owns a stake in Austrian bank Kommunalkredit and was founded by a former senior Deutsche Bank employee, Patrick Bettscheider. ...
Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank financial rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 02:18:10 PM
....For example, it would require shareholders to have a bigger stake in a company to propose changes, and abolish a new rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients. Proposals like that have been criticised from a wide range of interests, including large investment firms and consumer groups. ...
ECB forecasts higher growth but keeps rates on hold image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 12:05:28 PM
....2%. Mr Draghi said the recovery was due to a pick-up in investment and corporate profitability, gains in employment and the global recovery supporting trade and euro area exports. ...
How will the City react to a Tory or Labour general election victory? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 09:10:38 AM
....This could spark expectations that May will not survive as leader of the Conservative Party. Stefan Kreuzkamp, chief investment officer at Deutsche Asset Management, said: “Tory losses of the sort implied by some of the recent projections could fatally undermine the position of May as prime minister and party leader. ...
China trade healthier than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 08:22:28 AM
....However, many analysts warn that China's growth is likely to slow gradually in coming quarters. "Today's trade data surprised on the upside, but has not changed our overall view that real GDP growth likely peaked in the first quarter," investment bank Nomura said in a report. ...
Aramco: London listing inappropriate, says Royal London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 08:18:50 AM
...."It would be highly inappropriate for us to be bending listing rules and bending benchmark rules to accommodate this one large company," she told the BBC's Today programme. "There's lots of money to be made for investment bankers and advisers, but very little protection for pension savers and that's something we really need to keep at the heart of this situation. ...

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