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....The expertise the company built in the UK, where it fitted panels on 90,000 homes, has proved crucial in winning contracts abroad, he said. Solarcentury recently reached a major deal with Panama-based private equity investor ECOSolar, which takes its international pipeline of solar projects to 3,400MW, equivalent of three conventional power stations. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....A judge will learn this week if a multimillion-pound settlement has been reached that would keep the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin from having to appear in court. Goodwin has been called to give evidence in the long-running legal battle brought by thousands of investors who argue they were misled into buying the bank’s shares in a £12bn cash call in April 2008. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Judge expects update on Royal Bank of Scotland settlement negotiations image
....A judge will learn this week if a multimillion-pound settlement has been reached that would keep the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin from having to appear in court. Goodwin has been called to give evidence in the long-running legal battle brought by thousands of investors who argue they were misled into buying the bank’s shares in a £12bn cash call in April 2008. ...
UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth £3bn image
....The expertise the company built in the UK, where it fitted panels on 90,000 homes, has proved crucial in winning contracts abroad, he said. Solarcentury recently reached a major deal with Panama-based private equity investor ECOSolar, which takes its international pipeline of solar projects to 3,400MW, equivalent of three conventional power stations. ...
Ford faces lots of bumps in the road to a world of driverless cars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 28th of May 2017 06:00:02 AM
....Ford itself should not be seen as emblematic of the 20th-century petrol past: it has, less noisily than some, set up its own billion-dollar labs and artificial intelligence projects. But perception can count for a lot with investors: Ford’s stock market valuation has dipped and – despite their huge disparity in global sales – the car giant has recently suffered the indignity of being overtaken by upstart Tesla in terms of stock-market value. ...
Spotify hopes going public will cement streaming as music's future image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:00:25 AM
.... The company is considering a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), an unusual tactic that avoids millions in underwriting fees and could help attract other tech unicorns – companies valued at over $1bn – to follow suit. Tech companies have traditionally favoured an initial public offering (IPO) in which the company offers investors shares before it goes public. ...
Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
....The SFO says it is probing several, including Capita Oak Pension and Henley Retirement Benefit, plus some schemes that invested in other products. It adds that more than 1,000 individual investors are thought to be affected by the alleged fraud, though it presumably thinks the number could be higher as it is asking people who have paid into these schemes between 2011 and 2017 to complete a questionnaire available on its website. ...
The British (pitch) invasion image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 09:47:31 PM
....". To make matters worse, the original plan of Cooke and his allies - such as Lamar Hunt, who went on to be an original founding investor in Major League Soccer in the 1990s - had been to launch the United Soccer Association league in 1968. ...
Student housing tempts wealthy investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 05:08:32 PM
.... All five of the biggest deals – worth a combined £1. 5bn – were sold to overseas investors. ...
REVEALED: How YOU could get bumper returns of 6.5 per cent with new ISA  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 03:57:00 PM
. Peer-to-peer lender Zopa is set to launch an 'innovative finance' ISA from June 15, which for the first time allows investors to shelter returns in the sector from the taxman. ...
Petrofac's move to appease SFO offers fuel for thought | Nils Pratley image
....When the Serious Fraud Office announced two weeks ago it was investigating suspected bribery, corruption and money laundering at Petrofac, shares in the oil services firm fell 14%. It was a sharp reaction to serious news, but it didn’t suggest outright panic in the ranks of investors. ...
RBS shareholders refuse to settle in effort to force Goodwin to take stand image
....A group of “diehard” shareholders determined to see the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin in court are refusing to accept a settlement in their £700m legal claim against the bank. The state-backed lender has offered about £200m, or 82p per share held by investors, in an attempt to avoid a case that would see Goodwin take the stand on either 8 or 9 June. ...
Oil price falls despite deal to extend output cut image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 03:28:00 PM
.... . But investors had been hoping the oil producers would go further. ...
Fever-Tree founder toasts £73m share sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:48:50 AM
....9% stake in the company. Deputy chairman Charles Rolls almost doubled the number of shares he intended to sell following "significant" demand from investors. ...
Ansell offloads condom division for $600m image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 10:08:57 AM
....The condoms business is the company's oldest and smallest division. Anton Tagliaferro, investment director at Investors Mutual Ltd, a major investor in Ansell, said: "They've sold what was a smallish part of their overall business for a very good price, we think it's a good move. ...
FTSE ends flat as Wizz Air takes off image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 08:01:17 AM
....Shares in Halfords added 3. 2% as investors shrugged off news of lower profits at the car parts and bike retailer. ...
Fever-Tree co-founder makes £73m from selling shares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 07:58:04 AM
....34 price tag when it floated less than three years ago. Demand for the shares from City investors was so great that Rolls offloaded 4. ...
What's better than a Buffett rule? Labor's Buffett rule by stealth | Greg Jericho image
....The Buffett rule would catch such people and, in theory at least, force them to pay 35% tax on their income. One issue Bowen has with the rule is that while we may dislike the ability for people to reduce their taxable income to zero, society does benefit from some of the ways they do – for example, donations and angel investor funding. ...
Former Anglo Irish chair Seán Fitzpatrick walks free as trial collapses image
....In 2009, Anglo Irish was nationalised, with the Irish taxpayer having to pay €30bn (£23bn) to rescue an institution that was once the preferred bank of builders and property speculators. The sharp practices at the bank during the Celtic boom, when it became the major financier for overstretched Irish developers and investors playing the global property market, caused national outrage. ...
Is M&S being radical enough as it slips out of fashion? | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 01:40:53 PM
.... That criticism would be fair – but so is the objection that Elis would be piling on financial leverage in a cross-border deal many times larger than it has attempted in the past. That is a serious shortcoming if you’re expecting the target’s investors to accept part-payment in shares. ...
Nintendo's share price hits seven-year high as Switch sales soar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 01:29:39 PM
....The company’s share price is up 102% year on year as the Switch looks set to be the company’s first bona fide hit since the Wii hit the shelves more than a decade ago. The Japanese company has seen its share price rise to ¥31,880 (£220), pushing it beyond the short-lived investor frenzy that attended the Pokémon Go craze last year, to its highest point since April 2010. ...
Not just Bitcoin... image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 09:07:22 AM
...."It's a promising technology," says Joshua Rosenblatt, 34, a Nashville-based attorney at Frost Brown Todd, a midwestern law firm with offices in eight states. He is both an investor and works in the field. ...
Talks to avert RBS court case to continue into June image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 06:35:03 AM
....Attempts to avert a legal battle that would force the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Fred Goodwin to give evidence in the high court are to continue into next month. The £520m compensation claim brought by 9,000 retail investors and a handful of major institutions alleges that Goodwin, three former directors and the bank misled them into buying shares during a £12bn cash call in April 2008. ...
Moody's cuts China's credit rating for first time since 1989 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 03:28:10 AM
....9% the previous year, the slowest growth since 1990. This is the first time that Moody's has cut its investors ratings on Chinese debt in more than a quarter of a century, so it is pretty significant. ...
SFO to investigate pension liberation scams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:23:01 PM
. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to investigate a series of pension liberation scams, in which investors have lost at least £120m. ...
Last-ditch RBS talks continue as court is adjourned for a second day image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 08:55:34 AM
....The rights issue, at the time a record-breaking fundraising, took place six months before the £45bn taxpayer bailout of the Edinburgh-based bank that left shareholders nursing heavy losses. The investors are making their claim against RBS, Goodwin and three former directors, including Sir Tom McKillop, who was chairman at the time of the bailout. ...
Scotland sees record foreign investment image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 06:35:31 AM
....Edinburgh fell three places in the list to sixth but Aberdeen went from 10th to seventh place. Mr Harvey said: "Scotland's attractiveness in the eyes of investors is more in line with previous years. ...
RBS could rob us of the chance to see Fred Goodwin grilled in court | Nils Pratley image
.... The litigants don’t owe future historians anything – but they’d be doing them a favour by going ahead. If you’re Ford and your market capitalisation has fallen below that of the electric upstart Tesla, you’re probably right to worry about investors’ implied judgment that your business model is vulnerable to technological innovation. ...
Ford names Jim Hackett as new CEO in push to build self-driving cars image
....4bn (£8bn) last year, the company has fallen out of favour on Wall Street and its stock has declined by 37% during Fields’ tenure. This year it was overtaken in stock market value by newcomer Tesla, which specialises in electric cars and is testing driverless vehicles, as investors focus on the future of transport. ...
Arsenal: Stan Kroenke says Gunners shares 'are not, and have never been, for sale' image
....The American's company released a statement on Monday following the recent £1bn bid by Alisher Usmanov to take full control of the Gunners. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment added it was "a committed, long-term investor in Arsenal and will remain so". ...
Could citizens’ wealth funds halt the dominance of the financial elite? image
.... The state of Alaska has used its oil windfall to create a “permanent fund” paying a pioneering and highly popular annual citizen’s dividend – as yet uncopied – since the early 1980s. The giant Norwegian sovereign wealth fund – also funded by oil – was described by The Economist as the “most impressive example of long-term thinking of any western government”, and acts as an “active investor”. ...
RBS offers £200m to avert court case brought by 9,000 investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 07:15:06 AM
. Royal Bank of Scotland is racing to avert a high-profile court case by offering £200m in compensation to thousands of investors who claim they were misled into buying the bank’s shares in the run-up to its taxpayer bailout. ...
RBS court battle with investors adjourned image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 12:12:00 AM
. Legal action brought by 9,000 investors who are seeking compensation from Royal Bank of Scotland after losing money on shares has been adjourned for 24 hours. ...
RBS shareholders take battle over cash call to high court image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 01:03:31 PM
....A £520m case is scheduled to begin in the high court on Monday that will scrutinise the months leading up to Royal Bank of Scotland’s £45bn bailout at the height of the financial crisis. Along with other directors, the disgraced former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin will be forced to defend accusations that investors were misled into buying shares in the Edinburgh-based bank. ...
Shell shareholders to vote for new climate change goals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 10:38:07 AM
....Shell shareholders including the Church of England, European pension funds and Dutch activists will send a signal to the board of the Anglo-Dutch company this week by voting for it to set new climate change goals. The challenge comes from a Dutch group of retail investors, who have tabled a resolution for Shell’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, asking the company to establish carbon emission reduction targets. ...
Marks & Spencer’s underwear is level at 30,000 feet image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 06:00:47 AM
....The trading numbers are already a given – seeing as the company tried to soften the blow of news of McDonald’s departure by announcing that results were expected to be in line with market predictions. But that didn’t stop the shares from slipping, as investors fretted that, despite the company making a lot of progress over the past few years, it keeps hiring decent chief execs who end up getting poached. ...
Car loans, low rates, second mortgages: all the ingredients for a new credit crunch image
....This week, Royal Bank of Scotland will be transported back to those calamitous days of 2008. A high court judge will begin hearing a claim for compensation from investors who backed a £12bn cash call by RBS in April 2008 – only for the Edinburgh-based institution to be bailed out by taxpayers six months later. ...
Five minute guide to investing in the UK's big banks image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Money back . There was public fury at having to bail out the profligate banks, but Chancellor Philip Hammond claims taxpayers have now recovered every penny spent on Lloyds, through selling off the shares to investors, plus £400million from dividend income. ...
Paul Polman: ‘I could boost Unilever shares. But cutting costs is not our way’ image
....”. What would a more level playing field look like? Polman is full of suggestions: voting rights that favour long-term investors; tax reforms that examine disparities between capital gains and income taxes; and better transparency regimes to reveal beneficial owners. ...
Bernie Madoff photos offer rare glimpse of convicted fraudster in prison image
. Robert De Niro takes on the role of Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street legend who fleeced investors of billions of dollars in the largest financial fraud in US history, in a new original movie that was aired on HBO on Saturday night. ...
A new Green Deal bond that pays 12% interest – too good to be true? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of May 2017 06:00:17 AM
....You could be left high and dry if this 'privatised' Green Deal flops. You might have imagined that would have been the end of the story, but in January a consortium of City investors bought the Green Deal Finance Company’s assets and remaining loan book. ...
Mine craft: why BHP's strategic overhaul could help repel a hedge fund predator image
....Upsetting BHP’s big week was Elliott Advisors, whose Arsenal-supporting billionaire founder, Paul Singer, has earned a fearsome reputation for pursuing change at companies he thinks could make him more money. In April, Elliott wrote to investors demanding that BHP spin off its US oil assets and abolish its “obsolete” corporate structure that means it is listed in the UK and Australia. ...
Ex-RBS boss Fred Goodwin returns to spotlight in £520m court battle image
....RBS has tried to stop the case getting to court. In the last six months, the bailed-out bank has reached settlements with 87% of the investors that had issued lawsuits in connection with the crucial £12bn cash call in April 2008 at the heart of the case. ...
National Grid boss says Labour plan will stall green energy drive image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 05:00:40 PM
....“For those wanting a reliable income from their investments, National Grid can’t be far from the top of the list,” said George Salmon, equity analyst at investment adviser Hargreaves Lansdown. Separately, investors in two of the UK’s biggest energy companies appear to have shrugged off the impact of Theresa May’s price cap on the energy bills. ...
Alibaba revenues jump 60% as Chinese growth continues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 04:48:01 PM
....3bn). But investors weren't satisfied, sending shares down 3% on Thursday. ...
Surprise surge in UK retail sales powers pound to eight-month high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 10:39:36 AM
....30 it is still 13% lower against the dollar than it was on the day of the referendum. Sterling’s strength on Thursday was also a story of dollar weakness, as US investors grew increasingly nervous about the controversy surrounding President Trump and his firing of FBI director James Comey. ...
FTSE 100 sinks while pound jumps image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 08:41:00 AM
. London's main share index closed nearly 1% down after the political controversy in the US surrounding President Trump continued to hit investor confidence. ...
Dow Jones falls more than 370 points as Trump controversy rattles markets image
. Turmoil in Washington DC triggered a sell-off on Wall Street on Wednesday, with US stocks falling sharply as investors fretted that Donald Trump’s latest woes could derail his pro-business agenda. ...
Global stock markets fall as Trump turmoil intensifies image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 05:31:25 PM
.... . Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets, said investors are having to "digest the latest real-life episode of House of Cards". ...
VW emissions: bosses face investigation over claims they misled investors image
. The Volkswagen chief executive and his predecessor are facing an investigation by German authorities into whether they misled investors by not releasing information about the company’s cheating on diesel emissions tests soon enough. ...
Richard Branson says scammers are using his name to dupe investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 03:08:44 PM
....Det Supt Glenn Maleary said: “Action Fraud and the City of London police have seen an increase in binary options fraud in the last two years. Opportunist fraudsters have taken advantage of an unregulated market and done everything they can to defraud unsuspecting investors. ...
Lloyds should give the backslapping a rest after sale of government stake | Nils Pratley image
.... “We’ve turned the group around,” declared boss António Horta-Osório. The investor relations department found the most flattering way to present the state’s investment return: including dividends, £894m more has been returned than the £21. ...
VW chief Matthias Mueller probed over emissions scandal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 09:57:50 AM
....The investigation is not looking into the causes of the scandal itself, but at how the board of Porsche SE, including Mr Mueller, responded to it. Prosecutors suspect that executives deliberately delayed releasing information to investors about the scale of the scandal, as well as its financial consequences. ...
London is still a global draw despite Brexit, says British Land image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 07:59:48 AM
.... Our conversations with occupiers tell us that a large majority continue to value London and believe in its place as a global centre, as we do. “Although we are seeing businesses taking longer to commit and being more thorough in assessing options, we see polarisation of both occupier and investor demand accelerating with an increasing focus on the best quality space. ...
TransferWise becomes profitable six years after being founded image
....4m in the year ended March 2016, but says it was profitable this calendar year. TransferWise has investors including Sir Richard Branson, Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Betfair co-founder David Yu, and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. ...
Labour's water renationalisation plan is a damp squib | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:34:13 PM
.... But there are explanations – the fall in sterling and a late Easter. The critical question for investors is whether profits will return with the usual roar in the second half. ...
Vanguard move sparks price war for personal investors image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 12:45:12 PM
. The huge US investment firm Vanguard is launching a new service to attract personal investors in the UK. ...
Global stock markets: what's driving the record rises – and will they continue? image
.... And the FTSE 100 is particularly dominated by mining businesses, meaning it gains a particular benefit when the sector is in demand. Among political risks worrying investors was the prospect of renewed calls for a break-up of the eurozone, with unpredictable consequences for the rest of the global economy. ...
House prices in UK shift to lower gear image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 10:33:40 AM
...."It is now abundantly clear that the housing market is in its softest patch for several years," said Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, pointing to early indications of a significant fall in prices of new-builds. "Looking ahead, it is very hard to see growth in central London prices recovering, given that valuations look stretched, the financial sector is facing an uncertain post-Brexit future and volatility in sterling is undermining property's safe-haven appeal for overseas investors. ...
EU countries to decide on Singapore trade deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 09:52:08 AM
....Much commercial arbitration is shrouded in secrecy - and critics demand transparency. There is strong opposition to the system for settling disputes between investors and governments, called Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ...
FTSE 100's record-breaking streak continues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 09:33:01 AM
....1663 euros. Vodafone was the biggest riser on the FTSE 100, with the mobile giant's shares rising nearly 4% as investors overlooked a hefty annual loss and focused on its upbeat outlook. ...
Vodafone reports hefty loss after hit from Indian unit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 08:12:13 AM
....Despite Vodafone reporting the hefty loss, its shares rose 3. 7% to 219p as investors appeared impressed with the company's forecasts. ...
EasyJet half-year loss widens on weaker pound image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:28:42 AM
....8 million passengers in the six months, up 9% from a year before. Even so, investors were not impressed with the results, sending the airline's shares down nearly 7% in afternoon trading. ...
Giant US fund manager to shake up UK investment market by halving fees image
....The group launched eight years ago in the UK, where it has already acquired $72bn under management but until now has had a minimum investment of £100,000 for direct buyers. Under its new deal, investors with £500 upwards will be charged an account feeof 0. ...
Will Theresa May defend workers' rights? Don't hold your breath | Nils Pratley image
.... On the basis of her pledges about workers’ representatives and access to information, she is more interested in playing with words. “My viewpoint, and that of other like-minded institutional investors, has been heard but ultimately ignored – repeatedly,” complained fund manager Neil Woodford as he revealed last week that he has sold his GlaxoSmithKline stake. ...
Australian dollar news: GBP/AUD down from 8-month high as British workers face pay squeeze image
.... Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his ambitious plans to create a “modern Silk Road” through large infrastructure projects that he believes will help herald a new era of globalisation. While still a long way off from becoming reality, AUD investors were upbeat as they predict the plans could open new markets for Australia’s lucrative commodities trade. ...
JP Morgan appears to make good on Brexit threat with new Dublin office image
....”. The announcement coincided with a report in the Financial Times revealing that JP Morgan intends to hire more staff in Dublin for its custody operations, which look after the investments of major investors, hedge funds and big companies. ...
BP shareholders urged to reject chief's £9m pay package image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 09:12:53 AM
....The UK-based firm suffered a rare and humiliating shareholder rebellion last year when chief executive Bob Dudley’s £14m pay package was voted down, against the backdrop of record company losses. Another uprising is unlikely at the AGM on Wednesday, when investors will be asked to approve the £9m salary for Dudley in 2016 – 40% lower than in 2015 – as higher oil prices pushed the company back into profit. ...
Top UK fund manager divests from fossil fuels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 05:01:36 AM
....BMO’s divestment comes amid widening concerns by big financial institutions about holding shares in greenhouse gas-intensive sectors. More than $5tn in institutional assets, such as pension funds, now have some sort of divestment strategy in place and one-third of UK investors say they would like a fossil-free option for their savings. ...
No1 Seedr? Andy Murray backs more UK startups image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 05:01:36 AM
....Murray has ploughed undisclosed amounts into tech startup Den and helmet company Morpher, taking the Scot’s portfolio on Seedrs to more than 20 companies. Morpher, which produces helmets that fold and unfold, has raised more than £659,000 in total from almost 400 investors. ...
Mining company BHP drops Billiton from name in $10m ad campaign image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 12:52:45 AM
....”. He said the company had conducted surveys to gauge the response among investors in London and South Africa, and the research supported the final decision. ...
We wouldn’t need price caps if the Tories hadn’t cut energy-saving schemes image
.... But that is the case for ConvaTec, a maker of bandages and colostomy bags that floated on the stock market last October and held its first annual general meeting last week. It could have been an ideal opportunity for investors to register a protest at the eight solitary men standing for election to the board, including chair Sir Christopher Gent. ...

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