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Kingfisher surged after revealing its deal to acquire French rival Mr Bricolage will not go ahead as a result of shareholder and board opposition to the terms of the deal. Some Mr Bricolage franchisees are thought to fear the store closures that would be necessary for Kingfisher to win regulatory approval of the takeover.
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Former Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke will be periodically writing a blog in which he can express his views away from the discerning eyes of the market. 25 minutes ago
US stocks rallied on Monday, with investors buoyed by comments from People's Bank Of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. 1 hour ago
The Bank of England on Monday outlined fresh plans to assess the UK's banks in the event of another global economic crisis. 1 hour ago
European stock markets poured on modest gains on Monday as market participants demonstrated bullish hopes on the back of dovish central bank rhetoric and optimism over a Greek funding deal in Brussels. 2 hours ago
Personal incomes in the US grew slightly more quickly than expected last month, but gains in spending failed to meet analysts' forecasts. 2 hours ago
US equities are expected to open slightly higher on Monday with upbeat sessions in Europe and Asia offering support. 2 hours ago
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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.