Tue 30th Sep 14, 07:33:1
Infrastructure and engineering contractor Balfour Beatty's latest figures revealed the danger inherent in chasing large numbers of small contracts, particularly in the low margin world of construction. Any bungling and your bottom line can quickly dip into the red, as the company's fifth profit warning in two years attests. Long gone are the days of big contracts such as the London Olympics or the widening of the UK's busiest motor-way. The result of all of that is that the markets now attach a value of just £1.3bn to the firm, not much more than that of its portfolio of public-private partnership contracts. Ironically, the company rejected a takeover by Carillion at 300p just last month. It is now at 190p. Carillion's shareholders got lucky, writes the FT's Lex column.
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Eurozone consumer price inflation slowed a tad in September, to a 0.3% year-on-year pace, according to the latest figures available from Eurostat. 8 minutes ago
The UK's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at a 0.9% quarter-on-quarter clip in the second quarter, according to revised estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 56 minutes ago
BAE Systems: Westhouse Securities moves target price from 360p to 370p, while leaving its sell recommendation unchanged. 55 minutes ago
Bank of Georgia has received a ?15m senior loan facility from Green for Growth Fund (GGF) that will be used to finance energy efficient construction projects in Tbilisi. 1 hour ago
September's UK consumer confidence figures fell slightly following June's nine-year high, as households became slightly less positive about personal finances and the overall economic outlook, according to a GfK survey released on Tuesday. 2 hours ago
DCC has announced it plan to sell its Robert Roberts and Kelkin businesses to Valeo Foods for £47m in cash. 1 hour ago
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So why have I been quite through all the news recently? Scottish vote, vote in Parliament for decision in aiding and abetting U.S. in their proxy war against Syria and Iraq. The fight between Isis, IS, or should I say Isil, is well underway.
It’s quite well beyond laughable it’s very laughable in itself.
I’m sure as people interested in trading many of you will have eagerly watched the BBC2 programme about traders, 'Traders: Millions by the Minute' (if not you can watch both episodes below). Regardless of what you thought about the show itself, it's useful to try and learn what you can from it - which is what I'm going to talk about here.
In the interests of full disclosure I admit that I had conversations with the BBC team about the show and I recognised and knew a good few of the people shown.
Investing in the stock market doesn’t have to be about making a killing or losing it all.
It doesn’t have to be a high-stress roller coaster and you certainly don’t have to sit up all night sweating because one of your investments has cut its dividend. Instead it’s possible to invest simply and sensibly, buying quality shares at attractive prices.
The first part of BBC2’s two part documentary “Traders: Millions by the Minute” on Monday 15th of September took a look at some of the professional traders in the FX trading community as well as a few of those looking to join their ranks.
Both episodes have now aired and are worth watching - we've posted both of them down the bottom of the article in case you missed them.
I’ve often presented that ‘socialisation’ is one of the four pillars of success for managing yourself as a Trader. Socialisation? What on earth is he on about now you may be asking yourself? Bear with me reader (or should that be 'beer with me'?) as I’m on to something here.
What is socialisation? In the words of the Fast Show's Ron Manager: “Is it word? It is now!”