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Week Ahead in Finance: UK Earnings Decreasing

Week Ahead in Finance: UK Earnings Decreasing

This week we can look forward to a decrease in UK earnings, a forecast increase in Eurozone industrial production and a rise in Spanish CPI inflation.  Tuesday 10th June, Italian GDP for Q1 forecast at -0.1 percent and -0.5 percent

Negative Interest Rates Explained in Five Graphs

Negative Interest Rates Explained in Five Graphs

Why did the European Central Bank cut rates and introduce a negative overnight deposit rate which will essentially charge European Banks for the privilege of avoiding risk and depositing cash with the European Central Bank? This is best explained through

Why Britain Should Celebrate the AstraZeneca Takeover

Why Britain Should Celebrate the AstraZeneca Takeover

The recent furore over the prospective takeover of AstraZeneca by US pharmaceutical conglomerate, Pfizer, for approximately $100 billion was to be expected. Having initially, and rightly, proclaimed the proposed takeover as a vote of confidence in the UK as a

The Week Ahead in Finance

The Week Ahead in Finance

Another week, and another raft of data that will attempt to give some direction to these otherwise directionless markets. Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 has been ‘range bound’ (meaning it struggled to get any real momentum behind it).

The Week Ahead for Financial Markets

The Week Ahead for Financial Markets

An interesting week last week saw February non-farm payrolls beat expectations, potentially suggesting that the US recovery is on a firm footing in the medium term. Similar to the UK, however, we saw that the unemployment rate actually went up

The Week Ahead in Financial Markets

The Week Ahead in Financial Markets

With much of the news flow likely to be dictated by events as they unfold in the Ukraine, the markets are most likely going to be highly volatile and responsive to every new major development. This has already been evidenced

Did Facebook Pay Too Much for WhatsApp?

Did Facebook Pay Too Much for WhatsApp?

At a glance, Facebook’s swoop to purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion appears eye watering, even if much of it is in stock (or funny money). The cash being paid still amounts to $4 billion, which eclipses Google’s $1.6 billion takeover

The Implications of Low Inflation

The Implications of Low Inflation

As had been predicted, the UK Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined once again — this time to 1.9 percent, down from 2.03 percent. The likelihood of CPI falling short of the two percent forecasts was something I alluded to in my

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