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Market Bulletin (17/12/2018)

Pinball pound “Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last 500 years: to create a disunited Europe,” said Sir Humphrey Appleby, the slippery senior civil servant in the 1980s TV comedy, Yes Minister. “We had to break the whole thing

Market Bulletin (10/12/2018)

Cutting edges Over the long term, China can lay claim to pioneering some of the world’s most significant inventions. Gunpowder, paper, the compass and printing may be the famous four that Chinese schoolchildren memorise in school, but there are many more; among them football (just not

Market Bulletin (04/12/2018)

Positional play Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade!” So opened Tennyson’s poem describing the mistaken British charge against a Russian artillery battery in Crimea in 1854. Last week, it was Ukraine’s

Market Bulletin (26/11/2018)

Technology revolutions Steamships and railroads opened up the nineteenth century world; electricity, gas and oil powered the new industrial processes of the twentieth. Such shifts were mirrored on stock markets. In 1917, the largest stock on US markets was US Steel, followed by American Telephone & Telegraph,

Market Bulletin (19/11/2018)

A good deal worse? There are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks, said Lenin, when decades happen. Has the UK just been through one of those weeks? There are reasons to think so. When Theresa May delivered first a Brexit deal and then Cabinet approval

Market Bulletin (12/11/2018)

Terminal moments “Why speak they not of comrades that went under?” ends Wilfred Owen’s 1918 poem, ‘Spring Offensive’. Last weekend, after the pizzazz of the US midterms, presidents and prime ministers gathered in France to do just that, marking a hundred years since the war was

Market Bulletin (05/11/2018)

Soldiering on “Money is a good soldier, and will on,” said Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s laziest and best-loved characters. How right he was – as long, that is, as the money is in the right place. Two years after Falstaff’s maiden appearance on the English stage, the

Market Bulletin (29/10/2018)

Market reset Sir Christopher Wren, the architect behind the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, was born this week over 380 years ago and reversion to Greenwich Mean Time on Saturday night was met with the usual reminder of ‘spring forward, fall back’. Indeed, as the clocks

Market Bulletin (22/10/2018)

Shop drop The disruptor has been disrupted. Sears, Roebuck and Company was founded in 1892, selling a huge range of products by mail order: bicycles, sewing machines, cars, then fridges, groceries and cooking stoves too. In short, Sears provided ordinary consumers with the capacity to

Market Bulletin (15/10/2018)

Volatility reprise Earlier this year, Betterment, an online investment company based in New York, conducted a survey of 2,000 people to gauge their impressions of equity market performance. Of those Americans polled, 48% said they thought the stock market had failed to rise in ten years,

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