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.
- If UK house prices are peaking then what happens next?
- Eurozone money numbers better, early QE unlikely
- UK monetary policy is expansionary for banks and housing but what about exporters?
- Savers put record amount in stocks and shares ISAs
- Tesco in trouble after profit warning and divi cut but analysts hold on
- Possible flight disruption from Icelandic eruption - travellers warned to check their insurance policies for exclusions
- Open, not shut, case - Extra information can be a bad thing if you do not keep an open mind
- 2.5m PPI cases to be reviewed over unfair rejections and pitiful payouts
- Adviser banned after investors lose £30m in unregulated property funds
- TSB offers borrowers council tax cashback but how do its mortgage rates stack up?