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  • 3y
    Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
    Man Utd's share price opened at $16.05 and was at $16.25 at 1607 GMT, a rise of 1.75% on the Friday close. It has hit an intraday...
  • Article / 22 March 2016 at 14:32 GMT

    Does inflation targeter Nirvana glimmer on the horizon?

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    Does inflation targeter Nirvana glimmer on the horizon?
    The prospect of low growth and low inflation is not as frightening as central bankers would have us believe. And, as a Fed official pointed out yesterday, the US economy is still on track. US interest-rate expectations have bottomed out so inflation risks now seem to be to the upside, and perhaps even "inflation targeter Nirvana" is coming into view.
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    Ben Blaney Ben Blaney
    with the lights out, it's less dangerous.
  • Editor’s Picks / 04 March 2016 at 3:02 GMT

    Get ready for offbeat ideas amid sensible policy talk in Beijing

    South China Morning Post
    The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference started its sessions on Thursday, while the National People’s Congress opens on Saturday. Here are some unusual ideas suggested by delegates this year: China should limit the number of Disney theme parks as they groom children to love western culture and shun their own. Boys should start school two years later that girls, because it is tough for them to compete with bright girls at a young age. Children should learn calligraphy, traditional characters and Peking Opera, to help them embrace traditional culture. And China should make the Double Ninth Festival, when families visit ancestors' graves, a public holiday that could be the Chinese version of Thanksgiving.
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  • 4y
    This week Italian banks "popolari" will publish Fy 2015 results. Time to go short again!!
    Still missing earnings watch for this week!
  • 4y
    Michael O'Neill Michael O'Neill
    Yuiyui, you make some excellent observations which to me means, oil prices may have a lot further to go. However, the danger of increased turmoil (wars...
    yuiyui yuiyui
    Yeah volatility oooh! and maybe more so with gasoline
    My feeling, for what it's worth is that there is a lot of folks who were expecting oil to...
    Robert Ryan Robert Ryan
    Nice reference to David Bowie. Vale.
  • Editor’s Picks / 11 January 2016 at 12:23 GMT

    Bowie was also a financial pioneer

    Reuters Breakingviews
    British rock legend David Bowie, who died at age 69 on Sunday, was a financial pioneer in addition to his musical stardom. He was a leader in the 1990s in the securitisation of his songs to create asset-backed securities, said Reuters Breakingviews columnist Neil Unmack. "The original $55 million of Bowie bonds, sold in 1997 and arranged by financier David Pullman, were the first rated securitisation of bonds backed by music back catalogues," Unmack said. "Other artists like James Brown and Iron Maiden followed suit." The Bowie bonds were later downgraded, but the broader ABS asset class remains vibrant as loose monetary policy and thirst for yield force investors to look for alternatives to ordinary corporate or government bonds, Unmack said. "Despite a global financial crisis, the wider field of esoteric asset-backed securities kick-started by the Thin White Duke has a genuine future."
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  • Editor’s Picks / 17 November 2015 at 22:22 GMT

    MS Surface Book vs iPad Pro: don’t ditch your laptop yet

    Business Spectator
    Both Apple and Microsoft want us to ditch the laptop, and their latest premium offerings highlight what the future holds for stand-alone laptops in a PC jungle dominated by two-in-ones. The iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Book are glamorous stand-alone tablet devices, but with keyboards attached they have pretensions as productivity workhorses. You wouldn’t consume content walking around with either, but they give the tablet viewing experience a lift. You’re really at the movies. Both aim to be dream devices for designers with their styluses, although most of us don’t draw much. Apple’s Tim Cook has branded the iPad Pro as a desktop replacement for many, but both have a way to go to meet everyone’s needs as a productivity device.
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