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British telecoms giant BT has confirmed it is in talks with Spanish firm Telefonica to buy O2.
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Asian stocks were mostly higher following reports that China may cut interest rates again. 2 hours ago
Sound Oil will launch a hostile public offer to acquire all of Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company Antrim Energy via an all-share deal. 1 hour ago
Greek officials and lenders from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will sit down for negotiations in Paris on Tuesday. 2 hours ago
Global insurance service provider, Charles Taylor has announced the completion of its acquisition of Nordea Life & Pensions. 2 hours ago
Lower UK bond, or Gilt, yields have prompted broker Liberum to lift its net asset value (NAV) forecasts for UK property groups British Land and Land Securities. 2 hours ago
Deutsche Bank has joined peers in pushing back its forecast for the date of the expected first increase in Bank Rate. 1 hour ago
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The week ahead in the currency markets, as we sit just over a week away from the next ECB meeting with the German economy looking to be bouncing back, while across the pond will we see increased demand for the dollar against the pound with a small stream of US data due this week, including GDP and consumer confidence on Tuesday, durable goods on Wednesday and initial jobless claims on Thursday.
Also, a look at two of the major commodities, gold and oil, as investors react to central banks getting back on the stimulus bandwagon and Thursday’s OPEC meeting to determining which direction the oil price will move next.
This month I recommend both buying Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) and going short EURUSD, as I remain bearish on the euro and bullish on the dollar and think parity is looming.
Most readers will be familiar with Fiat cars, however many investors are still not aware that Fiat now also own Chrysler (bought out of bankruptcy in 2009), Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Ram Trucks, Abarth, Maserati and Ferrari.
With its mathematical formula to explain why ‘hipsters’ try to look different but end up looking the same, a radical new scientific paper could provide interesting lessons for contrarian investors. I think it's possible to take something from this unusual juxtaposition, even if it's just the mental image of Warren Buffet with a hipster beard and tattoos.
Mathematical neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul from the Collège de France in Paris has written a paper titled: “The Hipster Effect: When anti-conformists all look the same”.
Personal Group Holdings PGH has historically been a steady business offering employee benefits, but the purchase of Lets Connect, which provides salary sacrifice schemes enabling employees to acquire computers and other technology products, should be the first step on accelerating the company’s growth rate.
Personal has been around for three decades and the core business has historically been selling hospital plans and providing other employee benefits. The main income has come from the hospital plans, which offer a payment if the client goes into hospital, and the associated interest income on the payments.
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