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Market Bulletin (24/05/2016)

A yen for growth   The architect of the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo, completed in 1896, spent 14 months travelling around the West before finalising his design for a neo-Baroque landmark in Tokyo. Last week, scrutiny turned in the opposite direction.   Japan reported that its economy

Market Bulletin (17/05/2016)

Watching from the wings   Market participants tend to like their politicians quiet, predictable and acquiescent; in short, they like to be able to ignore them. In recent months they have not been able to do so, and last week politicians were particularly dominant.   The US primary and

Market Bulletin (10/05/2016)

Slow motion   Sometimes investing requires nerves, as Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha knows. In 2010, he bought Leicester City Football Club for £39 million. Promoted to the top flight in 2014, the ‘Foxes’ only narrowly avoided relegation last year. On Saturday, however, they lifted the trophy as Premier League

Market Bulletin (03/05/2016)

Dialling down   One of the drawbacks of stock market regulations is the unintended effects they can have on prices, and even on corporate practice. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the obligation for companies to publish quarterly reports, whi­ch provide an impetus for companies to

Market Bulletin (26/04/2016)

Heat and light   The Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family can lay claim to quite a few European thrones through its history, and members of the clan still occupy them in Britain and Belgium. Last week, one of their number welcomed the US president to Windsor Castle to celebrate her

Market Bulletin (19/04/2016)

Signs of spring   The benefit of hindsight is meant to be educational, but it can also provide some satisfaction. In mid-February, the MSCI World Index hit its lowest point since 2013, as fear spread and volatility spiked.   Last week, it finally ended above where it had started

Market Bulletin (12/04/2016)

The wrong chemistry   Between the two of them, Pfizer and Allergan can boast some 235 years of accumulated history. Their alliance was certainly not to be a marriage of equals. Last year, Pfizer was ranked the second-biggest pharmaceutical company in the world (Allergan ranks somewhere in

Market Bulletin (21/03/2016)

Shifting sands   The Budget has long been something of a set piece, complete with a Riverdance line-up of Treasury advisors outside 11 Downing Street, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer holding the red box out at arm’s length for the cameras.   This year, George Osborne needed the

Market Bulletin (05/04/2016)

Guns and steel   China may have been producing steel more than 2,000 years ago, but it was in Britain that modern steelmaking began in the 1850s. Last week in Mumbai, the board of Tata announced its decision to sell off Britain’s largest steel producer, the direct

Market Bulletin (28/03/2016)

Questions of union   After 58 years as de facto capital of the European Union and symbol of Europe’s postwar peace, Brussels last week suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history. Newspapers, politicians and markets were all quick to respond.   The price of gold, that favoured haven

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