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Is Shell/BG merger a catalyst event or natural market evolution?

The £47bn merger of Royal Dutch Shell with BG Group could be one of the biggest of the past 10 years, with the resulting company having a value of more than £200bn.  If the deal goes through, the combined company would be worth 9 per cent of the FTSE 100 and around 7.5 per cent of […]

SimplyBiz ditches sale and IPO plans

Support services and compliance firm SimplyBiz has shelved plans to sell the business or launch an IPO and is instead exploring alternative funding options to remain independent. In January, SimplyBiz confirmed it was considering floating the business on the Alternative Investment Market or selling a stake in the firm to a trade buyer or private […]

The Platforum D2C Conference – 24th June 2015

Taking place on Wednesday 24th June at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London the Platforum D2C Conference will provide the setting for key industry experts to debate what good looks like for a direct proposition and how to maximise opportunities presented by the pension freedoms. Driven by the change in regulation, pension freedoms and […]

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German finance minister dampens hopes of Greece bailout deal

Germany is pessimistic on the prospects of reaching a deal on Greece’s bailout in talks scheduled for next week, the FT reports. Germany’s finance minister has virtually ruled out a deal from the summit attended by eurogroup finance ministers, due to be held in Riga, Latvia on 24 April. “Nobody expects that there will be […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading

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