Of all the world’s major stockmarkets the only one to fall in real terms from the beginning of this year to September 13 has been Japan which, in terms of the Topix Index, fell by 4 per cent but is now recovering.
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Personal finance portal Find has bought Defaqto parent company The Independent Research Group in a move that has surprised the IT sector. A management buyout had been widely expected before the acquisition, which is believed to have cost Find £5m. Intelliflo chief executive Nick Eatock says: “If Find reuses Defaqto’s data in a consumer-facing channel […]
Multi-tie network Openwork has today announced it is broadening its product range to offer motor, pet, and travel insurance, through a deal with broker Endsleigh. The offering will go live on the October 18 and comes as Openwork says it is keen to extend its general insurance offering with the new products added following feedback […]
What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.
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