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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

Market Bulletin (14/03/2016)

Negative money   At some point, even the best magician runs out of tricks. In their quest to spur growth and inflation, central bankers in some of the world’s more sluggish economies have been turning in recent months to untried techniques and extreme measures. Thus almost a

Market Bulletin (07/03/2016)

Tale of two economies   It might not yet be the best of times for the US economy, but data released last week persuaded markets that there was no longer any need to expect the worst.   One of the most common prefaces to a recession is a tidal

Market Bulletin (29/02/2016)

Sound as a pound?   Last week the world’s oldest surviving currency suffered its worst beating against the dollar in seven years. Sterling, the 1,200-year-old Anglo-Saxon currency, has shown itself to be highly vulnerable to developments in the UK’s relationship with Europe, at least in the short

Market Bulletin (22/02/2016)

Add and divide   On Friday last week David Cameron secured a compromise deal with the European Union that enabled him to announce a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, to be held on 23 June.   This was the cue for a familiar sight in British

Market Bulletin (15/02/2016)

Minus signs?   Last week, stock markets continued to flash red, pushing some of the world’s leading indices close to bear territory (defined as 20% below the previous peak). The S&P 500 fell 1.3% last week, while the FTSE 100 was down 2.4%, although a welcome bounce

Market Bulletin (08/02/2016)

Monkey business   After the previous week’s gains, the sense of unease that has dominated since the New Year saw stock markets lose ground once again last week. The S&P 500, the world’s leading stock index, is down almost 5% since the year began. Last week, as

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