Category Archives: Investing

Netting returns

By Nick Kirrage. Watching the Wimbledon men’s final at the weekend, I had the distinct feeling I had seen these two players somewhere before – and that may of course have had something to do with them both reaching at … Read More

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The long-term unemployment situation in the US is dreadful for a “recovery” and stagflation in the UK

Once a month we receive a full employment and unemployment report from the US economy and today at 1:30 UK time we will receive the latest update which is for June. As the outlook for the US economy is uncertain … Read More

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Why it should be the Bank of England and not the European Central Bank that is expected to raise interest-rates today

Having taken a few days off I expected to return to what I call central bank in Europe day as both the Bank of England and European Central Bank have policy meetings. If you looked at the inflation rates in each … Read More

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How the rich think about investments

Are They Different From the Rest of Us? The rich, the super-rich and the merely rich around the globe are getting richer.  A report in The New York Times confirms what we already know, but it also tells us something … Read More

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I am away for a few days hopefully enjoying the weather etc. around Lake Como in Northern Italy and also doing my little bit to help their economy! I will be back in time to resume normal service on Thursday … Read More

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Why austerity is failing in Greece and why the UK does need public-sector pension reform

In spite of being in a building surrounded by protesters the Greek parliament voted yesterday to approve the current governments mid-term fiscal programme. This is not quite the end of the matter as there is a vote today on the … Read More

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Concerns about Spain build whilst the French proposal for Greece benefits the banks most yet again

Today is something of a crunch day for Greece as this afternoon her parliament will vote on her latest austerity package. This comprises some 28 billion Euros of austerity over the next four years combined with 50 billion Euros of privatisations … Read More

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How to handle hedge fund investing

Whilst at GAIM, the largest hedge fund conference in Europe, it was hard to ignore both the issues the hedge fund industry face and the opportunities from which they can profit. So how can you, as an investor, handle hedge … Read More

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The French “deal” for Greece takes centre stage but there are problems in Ireland and Spain too

Today is yet another day when the focus of international markets will turn towards Greece with two main events likely to compete for attention. The first is the beginning of the parliamentary debate on her new 28 billion austerity programme  which culminates in … Read More

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Commodity inflation has reduced but will Spain and Italy move us back towards deflation?

One of the features of the latter period of 2010 and the early to mid-part of 2011 was increases in commodity and oil prices which impacted on world inflation and in particular on countries like the UK which already had … Read More

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