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Market buzz - 3 hours ago
UK stocks are expected to rebound slightly on Monday morning, snapping a four-day losing streak ahead of a busy day for economic data.
Company news - 54 minutes ago
Kingfisher's acquisition of its French rival MrBricolage was scuppered by resistance from the latter's franchisees.
Broker tips - 3 days ago
Aviva: Jefferies reiterates buy and ups target to 630p from 608p.
Morning traders' note - 3 days ago
This is a daily global markets overview for the 27th March 2015 from the analyst team at Accendo Markets, providing a snapshot of overnight activity and what can be expected in the markets today. The information is straight from the traders’ desks, with news and insights on equities markets, commodities, and forex.
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I know what you’re thinking; “Oh no, not another article about the FTSE 100 reaching 7,000”. Well, okay, yes it is. But it’s more of a story of how we got here and where we might be going.
Gold is one of the most widely traded precious metals instruments. It not only represents a commodity but is also considered by many a currency that trades fluidly against the US dollar.
Gold prices fluctuate based on the supply and demand for the precious metal, as well as rising and falling inflation expectations. Gold trades actively in the over the counter market as well as in futures format. Gold prices are quoted in US dollars per ounce.
Former trader Andrew Hecht, who spent 35 years on Wall Street with the likes of Salomon Brothers, Cantor Fitzgerald, HSBC and commodities hedge fund Global Advisors Ltd, writes about the issue of greed in the world of finance.
To many, the industry of finance is a culture built on greed and known for the scandals that this greed creates. As the bad behaviour continues, the anger of the masses grows, and more and more people wonder: are there any solutions?
One of the real-life Wolves of Wall Street, or Masters of the Universe, or Duke Brothers, depending on your film references, Michael Milken was apparently a major inspiration for the Gordon Gekko character in the 1987 film Wall Street (if you’ve not seen it, watch it, it’s great - and it’s on Netflix).
Low-rated bonds were viewed as just junk until Michael Milken’s bond trading division began to use them to generate huge profits for the investment firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert based on his MBA thesis that such previously disregarded securities were actually good investments.
The Eurogroup and Greece reached an agreement that prolongs Greece's bailout funds for another 4 months, provided Greece submits a list of reform measures.
So after all the wrangling, Finance minister Varoufakis ultimately agreed not to roll back previous reforms, refrain from unilateral action and accept IMF involvement, with troika oversight remaining in place in all but for the name.