Five things investors learned in the last week
- 4 October 2013
1) The US government has shut down with Congress failing to agree a budget this week. All eyes are on the debt ceiling due roll-0ver which falls on the 17 th October. Most commentators say they won’t dare default. If they do, it will be uncharted territory. A long debate over the ceiling will harm the economy says the Washington Post politics site. The head of the IMF Christine Lagarde says it is mission critical.
2) Twitter has passed its papers to the SEC and says it hopes to raise £1bn as Sky News reports.
3) The Barclays cash call sees 95% of investors taking the chance to buy shares at 185p for every four shares they owned as Investment Week reported on Thursday.
4) The Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne says a Conservative government will aim to deliver a budget surplus by 2020 as CityAM reports. The Guardian’s economics blog predicts more cuts to get there.
5) Challenger online DFM business Nutmeg says it will publish its performance figures soon in a bid to shake up the discretionary fund market as chief executive Nick Hungerford tells MindfulMoneyTV.
- Rather than economic recovery 2014 is more likely to see France return to recession
- Abenomics cannot succeed whilst real wages continue to fall in Japan
- After a two-year holiday it looks as though the Swiss Franc might be back
- Some 40% more likely to do business with a challenger bank compared to a year ago
- How ex-pats can get their currency conversion right
- Could markets be heading towards a 60% crash?
- The Scottish Independence vote - a 'yes' could bring Government closer to the people
- Energy customers warned that six fixed rate tariffs due to end on September 30th
- UK equity income sees £1bn net sales in July
- Short change - How worried should you be that hedge funds appear so reluctant to short?