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....9% drop recorded in the last three months of 2016. Its second-quarter performance will be revealed on Thursday when Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, updates investors. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... When the number of “rebellions” falls, as at FTSE 100 companies, it means “companies have listened”. But when the figure increases, as at FTSE 250 firms, we’re told it doesn’t mean the board has closed its ears; rather, it shows the companies are “in the investor spotlight”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The results are due next year and Soriot has appealed for patience. But you can’t blame investors for assuming more bad news could follow: AstraZeneca chose a two-stage structure because it was expecting to celebrate early. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 03:19:10 PM
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.... Amazon shares have soared this year – making the company worth more than $500bn. At the start of 2017, Bezos was ranked fourth-richest in the world, behind Gates, the investor Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega, who founded Inditex, the company behind retailer Zara. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:20:59 PM
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.... Chandan says car batteries can still have up to 70% of their capacity when they stop being good enough to power electric vehicles, making them perfect – when broken down, tested and re-packaged – for functions such as home energy storage. Fresh from recognition by Forbes as one of the 30 most exciting hi-tech startups in Europe, Aceleron is looking for investors to help it roll out pilot projects. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:15:27 AM
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....Sebastian O’Kelly, whose Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has been the sharpest critic of abusive practices, welcomed the ban. He said: “Leasehold houses are an absolute racket: a means by which developers have managed to turn ordinary people’s homes into long-term investment vehicles for shadowy investors, often based offshore. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....This latest donation is the biggest charitable gift made anywhere in the world so far this year, overtaking a $3. 2bn contribution by investor Warren Buffett to the Gates foundation last month. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The rise of contactless cards has accelerated the trend, becoming a popular payment method for lower-value transactions that were traditionally dominated by cash. The deal is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval and, if it goes ahead, Worldpay shareholders will own 43% of the new business; Vantiv investors will own the remaining 57%. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 9th of August 2017 01:55:20 PM
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.... The designer, who still owns about 11% of the chain, stepped down as creative director in 2014. Last year Baring Private Equity Asia bought out the other investors to become the controlling shareholder. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 8th of August 2017 05:33:42 PM
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....The British are now world-beaters at paying other people to rip them off. We are number one at handing over cash to “investors” who do no investing, to “entrepreneurs” who run monopolies – and who then turn around and tap us up for a bit more on the way out. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 3rd of August 2017 07:06:36 PM
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.... One judge called it “a gratuitous glass gargoyle graffitied on to the skyline of London”, while another described it as a “Bond villain tower”. The Walkie Talkie is the latest trophy London building to be bought by investors from China, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, who, despite Brexit, are taking advantage of the low value of the pound to snap up property bargains in the capital. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:22:56 PM
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....”. Volkswagen, which had been slow to develop battery-powered vehicles, it is now pushing through an ambitious programme as it seeks to regain the trust of customers and investors after the diesel emissions scandal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 29th of July 2017 03:00:00 PM
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....Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said: “Mystic has been a key component of AstraZeneca’s long-term growth. With the failure of Mystic, at least on the progression-free survival endpoints, now likely to be fully factored into expectations, the dividend may now look less safe and we expect some investors will start to question its long-term sustainability, despite prior reassurances from management. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:36:16 AM
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.... They want their stuff back. But economist David McWilliams points out that commercial rents in Dublin, at €673 per square metre, are now 42% higher than in Frankfurt – and that Irish property investors must be praying for not just a hard Brexit, but a granite one. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 6th of August 2017 09:42:50 AM
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....BT said the £225m payout represented a “full and final settlement in respect of these issues”. The company’s share price fell by more than 4% in early trading on Friday as investors digested the latest bad news to hit the company. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 28th of July 2017 06:49:04 AM
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....We’re coming to the end of a particularly chilly summer in Hollywood. It’s been a brutal week for movie theater chains as they ready their quarterly earnings reports for shareholders and warn those investors that they’re not going to like what they see. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 11th of August 2017 04:14:44 PM
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.... As an investment it is worth almost nothing. About 80% to 90% of investors’ capital has been trashed. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 10th of August 2017 02:26:24 AM
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....“[George] Osborne’s hike in stamp duty has had a negative effect. Removing interest relief for landlords is causing some to sell, [with] few sales now to investors,” said Allen Fuller estate agents in Putney. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 10th of August 2017 05:01:28 AM
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....The back-slapping in HSBC’s boardroom is understandable. Only 18 months ago investors were wondering if the dividend was in peril in a world where regulators insist on fatter capital buffers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 31st of July 2017 06:25:00 PM
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. Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical entrepreneur once dubbed “the most hated man in America”, has been found guilty on three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Monday 14th of August 2017 02:23:48 AM
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.... The Brexit process mean these are uncertain times for the economy. Abandoning the path of fiscal rectitude would risk losing the confidence of international investors, who would respond to higher spending and higher borrowing by taking their money out of Britain. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 23rd of July 2017 12:35:11 PM
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....Jimmy Choo shares closed up 17% to 228. 25p after City investors responded positively to the takeover deal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 25th of July 2017 08:00:16 AM
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....“Nissan is running one of the nastiest anti-union campaigns in the modern history of the American labor movement,” said the UAW secretary-treasurer, Gary Casteel, in a statement regarding the most recent NLRB charges. “The company’s investors as well as socially conscious policy makers in the US and around the world need to understand what’s happening in Mississippi and join local civil rights leaders in calling for a halt to Nissan’s illegal and unethical behavior. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 1st of August 2017 11:00:16 AM
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. Travis Kalanick is being sued by one of Uber’s largest investors, Benchmark Capital, which accuses the former chief executive of engaging in fraud in order to “increase his power over Uber for his own selfish ends”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 10th of August 2017 11:34:40 PM
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....The global company wrote down the value of its 50% stake in pay TV company Foxtel by $290m as well as cut the value of The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun by 40%. News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson told investors the financial year was marked by a fast growing digital real estate services segment, growing digital subscriptions for the premium newspapers and cost cutting. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 11th of August 2017 05:08:12 AM
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....It said that in the UK and Ireland – its most important market, accounting for almost 90% of profits – it added 280,000 new customers in the year to the end of June, with 111,000 subscribers taking its TV services. However, the rate at which customers left Sky for rivals, a key metric watched by analysts and investors, rose from 11. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 08:50:21 AM
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. Although America’s rightwing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, poor schools, and deteriorating infrastructure – the solution is always the same: lower taxes and deregulation, to “incentivise” investors and “free up” the economy. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of July 2017 10:42:41 AM
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....A relatively new phenomenon, inflation has become a real worry for governments since the 1960s. As a rule of thumb, times of high inflation are good for borrowers and bad for investors. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 3rd of August 2017 11:13:47 AM
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....When you are a victim of this country’s housing crisis – and heaven knows there are millions of us – it can be hard to decide with whom to be most angry. Is it the successive governments who have failed to make home ownership an achievable ambition for much of my generation? The foreign investors who ramp up prices but leave their properties empty and unloved? The tenancy management companies that fail to listen to tenants’ concerns about safety and living conditions? The MPs who, because so many of them are buy-to-let landlords, won’t do anything to help those of us stuck in expensive rented accommodation?. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Why haven't politicians learned from the financial crisis? | Mohamed El-Erian image
. Ten years ago this month, the French bank BNP Paribas decided to limit investors’ access to the money they had deposited in three funds. ...
The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley image
....Meanwhile, Trump’s power to move companies’ share prices seems to have evaporated. Amazon is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers”, tweeted the president in the morning, but investors no longer care what he thinks about individual companies. ...
EasyJet and Ryanair should be wary of launching Air Berlin bid | Nils Pratley image
.... When the number of “rebellions” falls, as at FTSE 100 companies, it means “companies have listened”. But when the figure increases, as at FTSE 250 firms, we’re told it doesn’t mean the board has closed its ears; rather, it shows the companies are “in the investor spotlight”. ...
Bill Gates gives $4.6bn to charity in biggest donation since 2000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 05:30:31 PM
....This latest donation is the biggest charitable gift made anywhere in the world so far this year, overtaking a $3. 2bn contribution by investor Warren Buffett to the Gates foundation last month. ...
Pound V euro: GBP slumps against EUR as UK inflation holds steady image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 11:43:00 AM
....Britain’s unemployment rate is expected to hold at a 42-year low of 4. 5 per cent in June, prompting investors to instead focus on the UK’s wage growth figures for the same period. ...
Rail users face steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hits 3.6% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 08:32:02 AM
....A relatively new phenomenon, inflation has become a real worry for governments since the 1960s. As a rule of thumb, times of high inflation are good for borrowers and bad for investors. ...
Diamond tycoon Beny Steinmetz detained in fraud inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 01:13:14 PM
....The latest police investigation is understood to concern allegations that contracts were forged in order to move and launder money. Appearing in court in the city of Rishon LeZion, Steinmetz complained that he was the victim of a “political war” that he claimed was being financed by the investor and philanthropist George Soros. ...
Uber to offer tipping for UK users – and introduce waiting charges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 12:00:33 PM
....Uber’s founder, Travis Kalanick, stepped down as chief executive last year amid accusations that he permitted a male-dominated culture of sexual impropriety within the company. Kalanick is now being sued by investor Benchmark Capital, which is objecting to his retention of three seats on the company’s board. ...
Intercontinental Hotel Group flying despite lack of capital - SHARE HUNTER image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 08:35:00 AM
....The business model, which is light on capital, reduces risk involved in expansion and reassures that IHG can sustain its track record of raising or maintaining the ordinary dividend every year since 2004. “This article is designed for investors who make their own decisions without advice, if unsure whether an investment is right for you, you should seek advice. ...
Netflix will need its comic-book heroes: Disney may just have become a rival image
.... The company has not decided whether to include Marvel or Lucasfilm, the company behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones, in the new service or to give them their own digital homes. Netflix’s investors took fright at the move by Disney, which has been considered a potential acquirer of the $77bn company, with its share price still down about 6% since the announcement. ...
Gloom for Asda as it posts worst results this century image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....The two men will have to run the company – which will become the UK’s biggest fund manager, with £660bn under management – together. They are to be co-chief executives, an arrangement that is usually frowned upon by investors and has already sparked some anxiety among City analysts. ...
Fox’s chances of securing Sky depend on the football result image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 05:59:06 AM
....The threat of greater regulatory scrutiny and a dip in Sky’s share price weighed on Rupert Murdoch’s ambitions to take full control of the satellite broadcaster last week. But investors are looking ahead to whether the upcoming Premier League TV rights auction might result in Fox having to sweeten its £11. ...
A tale of two housing markets: booming Burnley and stagnant Kensington image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:48 PM
.... It recently hit the headlines when a study from estate agents Countrywide identified it as the “flipping capital” of Britain, with almost one in 10 homes in the Lancashire town being sold multiple times in just one year. Colin Haslam, a senior branch manager for Countrywide, says there is a fair amount of that going on, with investors taking advantage of relatively low prices to buy houses, make some improvements and sell them on. ...
REVEALED: The shock return on £15,000 saved in cash in 2007  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 11:01:00 AM
.... Look at annual and ongoing charges, as well as any exit fees charged by platforms. It can be alarming when your investments are falling, but selling too early and locking in losses is a mistake that many investors make. ...
Trump's North Korea rhetoric spikes US 'fear index' to top level since election image
. A US stock market gauge known as the “fear index” has spiked to its highest level since Donald Trump was elected president in a sign that his brinkmanship with North Korea is starting to unnerve investors. ...
Vanishing app: Snapchat struggles as Facebook bites back image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of August 2017 05:40:23 PM
. Is Snapchat – the social media app famous for its disappearing messages – in danger of doing a vanishing act of its own? It’s a question some are asking after investors turned on the company again this week following a second set of poor results which have turned a once-hot tech company into a stock market casualty. ...
Box office massacre: how Hollywood flopped this summer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of August 2017 04:14:44 PM
....We’re coming to the end of a particularly chilly summer in Hollywood. It’s been a brutal week for movie theater chains as they ready their quarterly earnings reports for shareholders and warn those investors that they’re not going to like what they see. ...
News Corp posts $817m loss after falls in value of newspaper and pay TV assets image
....The global company wrote down the value of its 50% stake in pay TV company Foxtel by $290m as well as cut the value of The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Sun by 40%. News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson told investors the financial year was marked by a fast growing digital real estate services segment, growing digital subscriptions for the premium newspapers and cost cutting. ...
Battle for power at Uber as investor sues ex-CEO Travis Kalanick alleging fraud image
. Travis Kalanick is being sued by one of Uber’s largest investors, Benchmark Capital, which accuses the former chief executive of engaging in fraud in order to “increase his power over Uber for his own selfish ends”. ...
Thousands of Asda workers face redundancy or reduced hours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 12:08:18 PM
....9% drop recorded in the last three months of 2016. Its second-quarter performance will be revealed on Thursday when Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, updates investors. ...
Co-operative Bank sheds 25,000 current account customers but losses shrink image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:25:02 AM
.... The hedge funds are putting up to £250m of new funds into the bank and £433m of bonds need to be converted to shares. Retail investors who own bonds will take losses of at least 55% and be offered cash rather than shares. ...
The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:15:27 AM
.... Chandan says car batteries can still have up to 70% of their capacity when they stop being good enough to power electric vehicles, making them perfect – when broken down, tested and re-packaged – for functions such as home energy storage. Fresh from recognition by Forbes as one of the 30 most exciting hi-tech startups in Europe, Aceleron is looking for investors to help it roll out pilot projects. ...
'Political uncertainty' blamed for slowdown in UK property market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 05:01:28 AM
....“[George] Osborne’s hike in stamp duty has had a negative effect. Removing interest relief for landlords is causing some to sell, [with] few sales now to investors,” said Allen Fuller estate agents in Putney. ...
Investors move to safe havens as US and North Korea trade threats image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 04:25:55 PM
. Growing tension between the US and North Korea boosted the Swiss franc, the Japanese yen, gold and government bonds as investors sought out traditional safe havens at a time of geopolitical uncertainty. ...
US firm Vantiv to buy British rival Worldpay for £9.3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 01:55:20 PM
....The rise of contactless cards has accelerated the trend, becoming a popular payment method for lower-value transactions that were traditionally dominated by cash. The deal is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval and, if it goes ahead, Worldpay shareholders will own 43% of the new business; Vantiv investors will own the remaining 57%. ...
Buy-to-let landlords: Five top tips that could save you THOUSANDS image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 08:30:00 AM
....Amateur landlords fear sums no longer add up following an assault that includes a stamp duty surcharge and cuts to mortgage interest tax relief and the “wear and tear” allowance. Here are five worries investors face with answers from Rob Bence, co-founder of online landlord forum The Property Hub. ...
Cath Kidston's profits bloom as 'essential Britishness' sells worldwide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 05:33:42 PM
.... The designer, who still owns about 11% of the chain, stepped down as creative director in 2014. Last year Baring Private Equity Asia bought out the other investors to become the controlling shareholder. ...
Ed Sheeran’s Divide puts Warner Music’s streaming income on track to cross £1bn image
....“As we see it, the industry is still in the early stages of its recovery. In 2016, the recorded music industry was only half as big as it was in the year 2000,” said Steve Cooper, the chief executive of Warner Music, in a call with investors. ...
Paddy Power Betfair blames bad results on bad results image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 10:12:14 AM
....Paddy Power Betfair has said the lack of a major football tournament and unfavourable sports results were to blame for a slowdown in growth in the first half of the year. Shares in the betting group fell sharply for a second day, after the bookmaker surprised investors on Monday with the revelation that Breon Corcoran had resigned as chief executive. ...
Inheritance tax: The secret loopholes to help protect YOUR money from dreaded death duties image
....Certain shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) benefit from a tax-break called business property relief (BPR). And it allows investors to side-step liabilities when they pass on stakes to families and loved ones. ...
Interest rates: Winners and losers revealed following a year of record low interest rates image
....TAKING STOCK . The collapse of cash has pushed many otherwise cautious investors into the stock market, where they have been amply rewarded over the past 12 months. ...
Brexit-fuelled boom gives Dublin’s Celtic Tiger a reason to roar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 09:42:50 AM
.... They want their stuff back. But economist David McWilliams points out that commercial rents in Dublin, at €673 per square metre, are now 42% higher than in Frankfurt – and that Irish property investors must be praying for not just a hard Brexit, but a granite one. ...
Two pints of best and an English rosé as wine comes to the beer festival image
.... Time will tell whether the drinkers agree. Is Pets at Home still in the doghouse? The retailer has had a tumultuous time of late and investors will no doubt be listening closely on Tuesday when its management gives a trading update for the first quarter of the year. ...
John Malone, the ‘swamp alligator’ chewing up the UK’s media market image
....He also has a stake in Lionsgate, the studio behind films including La La Land and TV dramas Mad Men and Orange is the New Black. “For the last few years there has been rapid consolidation in the media sector internationally and an almost ubiquitous investor behind this game is Malone,” said Alex DeGroote, research analyst at Cenkos Securities. ...
Martin Shkreli found guilty of fraud by jury in New York image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 06:56:43 PM
. Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical entrepreneur once dubbed “the most hated man in America”, has been found guilty on three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. ...
Why Trumponomics cannot make America great again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 09:40:46 AM
.... While stock markets continue to reach new highs, the US economy grew at an average rate of just 2% in the first half of 2017 – slower growth than under President Barack Obama – and is not expected to perform much better for the rest of the year. Stock-market investors continue to hold out hope that Trump can push through policies to stimulate growth and increase corporate profits. ...
Britain is still a world-beater at one thing: ripping off its own citizens | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....The British are now world-beaters at paying other people to rip them off. We are number one at handing over cash to “investors” who do no investing, to “entrepreneurs” who run monopolies – and who then turn around and tap us up for a bit more on the way out. ...
Next shares climb 10% on news of online sales surge during heatwave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:49:40 PM
....Wolfson admitted that its end-of-season sale – once a blockbuster draw that saw shoppers queue from dawn to secure the best bargains – had become less of an event, with takings from the summer sale down 14%. Emily Stella, an analyst at GlobalData, said Next investors should not get carried away because the quarter could prove to be an anomaly. ...
Sports Direct loses biggest independent investor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:40:54 PM
. Sports Direct has lost its biggest independent investor as some fund managers fear the crisis-hit retailer is incapable of addressing its corporate governance issues. ...
We could end the buy-to-leave scandal – if the political will was there | Polly Toynbee image
. Empty property bought by investors to sit unused is a scandal the Guardian has exposed this week, finding 1,652 in the Grenfell borough of Kensington and Chelsea alone. ...
Executive wages may have fallen, but the case for pay ratios is even stronger image
....We’ve seen a similar plot line in the past. The ill-named “shareholder spring” of 2012, which saw a few (but not, in fact, very many) investor rebellions over pay, coincided with Vince Cable, business secretary in the coalition government, getting angry about boardroom pay. ...
The Guardian view on Grenfell and the housing crisis: no more excuses | Editorial image
.... There are arguments for limiting the marketing of new developments overseas, because it inflates not just the prices of super-homes but also of small flats intended for first-time buyers, but they are so far untested. Yet almost every big city in a country with a reliable financial and legal system is feeling the pressure of overseas investors. ...
The day the credit crunch began, 10 years on: 'the world changed' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 04:15:56 PM
....The writing was on the wall for Northern Rock from the moment the markets turned sour on 9 August. Its business model relied on it being able to borrow money from other banks and investors, and that was no longer possible in the panic-stricken conditions of August 2007, when none of the banks trusted each other. ...
Dow soars to record high as it crosses 22,000 mark for the first time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 02:17:50 PM
. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone above the 22,000 mark for the first time, boosted by bumper company earnings and a weak dollar, with investors shrugging off the latest upheavals in the White House. ...
London’s reputation at risk from watering down City rules, IoD warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 05:01:38 AM
....The FCA’s proposals would allow state-owned companies to qualify for a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange in a newly created sub-segment that exempts them from two criteria generally required before a company can be listed. One relates to how the company and the controlling shareholder conduct deals with each other, and the other allows investors a vote on independent directors. ...
Apple hints iPhone 8 won't be delayed as company's shares hit record high image
.... The iPhone 8 could come with a version costing more than $1,000 and is expected to incorporate infrared-based facial recognition unlocking – eliminating need for a passcode or fingerprint – and an all-screen design on the front. Apple also surprised investors by announcing that iPad sales had grown over the quarter. ...
Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history image
....“Nissan is running one of the nastiest anti-union campaigns in the modern history of the American labor movement,” said the UAW secretary-treasurer, Gary Casteel, in a statement regarding the most recent NLRB charges. “The company’s investors as well as socially conscious policy makers in the US and around the world need to understand what’s happening in Mississippi and join local civil rights leaders in calling for a halt to Nissan’s illegal and unethical behavior. ...
HSBC shows what happens when a bank stops shooting itself in the foot | Nils Pratley image
....The back-slapping in HSBC’s boardroom is understandable. Only 18 months ago investors were wondering if the dividend was in peril in a world where regulators insist on fatter capital buffers. ...
So estate agents are being replaced by robots? It’s about time | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett image
....When you are a victim of this country’s housing crisis – and heaven knows there are millions of us – it can be hard to decide with whom to be most angry. Is it the successive governments who have failed to make home ownership an achievable ambition for much of my generation? The foreign investors who ramp up prices but leave their properties empty and unloved? The tenancy management companies that fail to listen to tenants’ concerns about safety and living conditions? The MPs who, because so many of them are buy-to-let landlords, won’t do anything to help those of us stuck in expensive rented accommodation?. ...
Serco’s boss suffers through his wilderness years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 05:59:11 AM
....Still, the subtext will really be whether the government starts selling down its RBS stake, now the bank no longer has to offload Williams & Glyn and (many of) its US woes are history. Meanwhile another disgraced UK bank, HSBC, also reports numbers this week – and despite attracting bad publicity like RBS recently (money laundering, Swiss banking etc etc), the word is that the bank is throwing off so much cash that investors wonder if HSBC might do something with it. ...
Carmakers’ electric dreams depend on supplies of rare minerals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 03:00:00 PM
....”. Volkswagen, which had been slow to develop battery-powered vehicles, it is now pushing through an ambitious programme as it seeks to regain the trust of customers and investors after the diesel emissions scandal. ...
BT profits dive by 40% after £225m payout over Italian scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 06:49:04 AM
....BT said the £225m payout represented a “full and final settlement in respect of these issues”. The company’s share price fell by more than 4% in early trading on Friday as investors digested the latest bad news to hit the company. ...
Entrepreneurs on Trump's startup visa block: 'this puts everything on hold' image
.... But those plans are in disarray after the news that the introduction of a new startup visa is being blocked, an initiative he’d hoped to take advantage of. “I’ve already spoken to a couple of investors … in principle we’d agreed to a $100,000 [£76,700] investment,” Halliday, who has a young family, says. ...
Sports Direct increases French Connection stake to 27% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 05:16:36 PM
....Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has increased its stake in French Connection to 27%, taking it close to a level at which it must launch a takeover bid. Sports Direct has bought out activist investors, including Gatemore Capital Management – a London-based hedge fund that had an 8% stake – and OTK, an investment firm that owned about 7%, to add to an existing 11% stake. ...
London's Walkie Talkie building sold for record-breaking £1.3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:22:56 PM
.... One judge called it “a gratuitous glass gargoyle graffitied on to the skyline of London”, while another described it as a “Bond villain tower”. The Walkie Talkie is the latest trophy London building to be bought by investors from China, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, who, despite Brexit, are taking advantage of the low value of the pound to snap up property bargains in the capital. ...
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – briefly – becomes world's richest man image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:20:59 PM
.... Amazon shares have soared this year – making the company worth more than $500bn. At the start of 2017, Bezos was ranked fourth-richest in the world, behind Gates, the investor Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega, who founded Inditex, the company behind retailer Zara. ...
AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot's 'pivotal' year is turning out horribly | Nils Pratley image
.... The results are due next year and Soriot has appealed for patience. But you can’t blame investors for assuming more bad news could follow: AstraZeneca chose a two-stage structure because it was expecting to celebrate early. ...
Donald Trump's tax cuts for the rich won't make America great again | Joseph Stiglitz image
. Although America’s rightwing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, poor schools, and deteriorating infrastructure – the solution is always the same: lower taxes and deregulation, to “incentivise” investors and “free up” the economy. ...
Sky chief gets £11.5m share payout as it reports profits slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 08:50:21 AM
....It said that in the UK and Ireland – its most important market, accounting for almost 90% of profits – it added 280,000 new customers in the year to the end of June, with 111,000 subscribers taking its TV services. However, the rate at which customers left Sky for rivals, a key metric watched by analysts and investors, rose from 11. ...
AstraZeneca shares dive after failure in key lung cancer drug trial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:36:16 AM
....Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said: “Mystic has been a key component of AstraZeneca’s long-term growth. With the failure of Mystic, at least on the progression-free survival endpoints, now likely to be fully factored into expectations, the dividend may now look less safe and we expect some investors will start to question its long-term sustainability, despite prior reassurances from management. ...
Love Island is awful – but ITV's prospects are better | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 06:54:35 PM
....Incoming chief executive Carolyn McCall, who will arrive in January, has arguably got lucky on timing. At 180p, as opposed to the 250p of 18 months ago, the share price is displaying investors’ long-term worries. ...
Fever-Tree co-founder toasts £29m payout as shares hit record high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 09:57:47 AM
....This latest sale leaves Warrillow with a 5. 4% stake, and a spokesman said the move was made to satisfy demand from institutional investors. ...
Ground rents: aristocrats and shell firms among those making millions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 05:00:32 AM
....4bn of assets to date. ” It says many of the investors in its fund are pension groups looking for a secure long-term income. ...
Greece's €3bn bond sale doesn't mean its debt crisis is at an end | Nils Pratley image
....5m he collected last year to continue in the same style. This looks to be a share-grab by a management that judged correctly – just – that more investors would bark than bite. ...
Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 05:13:28 PM
....”. Martin Boyd, a trustee at Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, which has been one of the sharpest critics of abusive practices, said tacking the problems for existing homeowners may not be an easy task because many developers had sold the freeholds to anonymous investors, often based offshore. ...
Leaseholds on new-build houses in England to be banned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 11:01:37 PM
....Sebastian O’Kelly, whose Leasehold Knowledge Partnership has been the sharpest critic of abusive practices, welcomed the ban. He said: “Leasehold houses are an absolute racket: a means by which developers have managed to turn ordinary people’s homes into long-term investment vehicles for shadowy investors, often based offshore. ...
Ryanair profits take off but airline reissues Brexit warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 08:55:10 AM
.... Keeping plane purchase, maintenance and staff costs low has allowed Ryanair to undercut rivals while raising profits. The fare cuts appear to have spooked investors, with Ryanair shares falling more than 5% in early trading. ...
Should frustrated savers gamble on the stock market or play it safe? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 06:00:28 AM
....”. Darius McDermott of Chelsea Financial Services says investors need to be able to hold tight through rough periods. ...
How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? July verdict image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 05:01:27 AM
.... Over the past month, sterling has edged up slightly against the US currency. This is partly because some investors have brought forward expectations of when the Bank of England will raise interest rates from an all-time low of 0. ...
While Hammond looks for a magic money tree, Labour has found one | Larry Elliott image
.... The Brexit process mean these are uncertain times for the economy. Abandoning the path of fiscal rectitude would risk losing the confidence of international investors, who would respond to higher spending and higher borrowing by taking their money out of Britain. ...
Greed is no longer good – bond boom comes to an end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 07:00:32 AM
.... The Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan were still on board, but Janet Yellen at the Fed had broken away. Without a consistent story, investors in fixed-income securities, the jargon name for bonds, found themselves needing to back several horses. ...

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