Loans and Finance
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Michael Kovrig, who had served Canada in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the UN in New York, is now a senior adviser for the International Crisis Group (ICG), which researches conflict prevention.
I warned that China would retaliate a few days ago.
Friday, December 07, 2018
This seems like a bad idea pic.twitter.com/ujwAjBByZo— Eric Gomez (@EricGomezAsia) December 6, 2018
In the event that America is thick enough to pursue this "tactic", they will find PDQ that many American executives currently in China and related territories will be placed under arrest on all sorts of charges.
This is a policy destined to not only fail, but make things worse!
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Millions of customers are believed to have been affected in the data blackout, which is also impacting customers of Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Giffgaff and Lycamobile who use O2's service.
As I noted earlier today, Huawei is regarded as a security risk (because it is Chinese) and as such part of the "Great Game" being played out between the USA and China for global dominance. Hence, there will be Chinese countermeasures for this.
There is at least the upside, he admits that he won't be in office forever!NEW: Trump has told aides he doesn’t care about the national debt in part because when it becomes truly untenable he will be out of office. https://t.co/tMJ5k5hiTl— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 5, 2018
Via @swin24 and @lachlan
Additionally, BT is removing Huawei equipment from the core of its network for transferring calls and internet traffic because of concerns over national security.Big news: “Canada has arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies who is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran” https://t.co/ChwtpE4Jqw— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) December 5, 2018
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Carney: Sterling has not factored in high chance of a disorderly Brexit— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) December 4, 2018
you ain't seen nothin yet
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
No central bank is perfect but for forecasting its key metric, the Bank of England is at the bottom of the pile.— Ken Frost (@ken_frost) November 28, 2018
The three-century-old institution has the worst track record for predicting inflation in its home economy. https://t.co/3wN29lQg8Y
Monday, November 26, 2018
Only in Greece: The Chairman and the CEO of Greek non-systemic Attica Bank started a fistfight during a board meeting last week over a controversial €100k loan. Now Bank of Greece considers kicking them both out.— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) November 26, 2018
Detail: The Chair is a former Greek rep at IMF.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Friday, November 09, 2018
Real incomes in Italy have fallen since it joined the euro. The country has become more unequal and poverty is rising. Unlike economic growth, which is once again falling. Unemployment is 10% and 2 to 3 times that if you’re young. But Italians still favour the euro.— Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 9, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
JUST IN: Boeing is preparing to send a bulletin to operators of its new 737 Max models warning that erroneous readings from a flight-monitoring system can cause the planes to aggressively dive https://t.co/nprRe07ErD— Bloomberg (@business) November 7, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Monday, November 05, 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018
01-Nov-2018 12:31:16 - BANK OF ENGLAND'S CARNEY SAYS UK FISCAL POLICY IS SHIFTING TO A MORE ACCOMMODATIVE STANCE— Martin Baccardax (@mdbaccardax) November 1, 2018
This comes 20 minutes after signalling faster rates.
Clear as mud.
Monday, October 29, 2018
"This is not online sales tax", or at least "that is not our intention..."— Kate Andrews (@KateAndrs) October 29, 2018
But in practice that's 👏 exactly 👏what 👏it's 👏going👏 to 👏be 👏
Just like every other tax this Government has put on business, this too will be funded by consumers. #Budget2018 #DigitalServicesTax
Friday, October 26, 2018
The Company¸ as part of the ongoing investigation, is seeking to understand why the grant of options relating to 2015 and 2016 have not been appropriately disclosed and accounted for in its financial statements.
What the fuck, and where were the auditors???!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Italy is too big to fail, economically and politically. If Greece was able to plunge the euro zone into an existential crisis, it doesn’t bear thinking about what damage Italy could do if it ran into serious financial difficulties @JanDHildebrand #Italy https://t.co/saMO4aSQmJ— Handelsblatt Global (@HandelsblattGE) October 23, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Monday, October 22, 2018
A ludicrous advert and a ludicrous situation whereby the FCA is encouraging people to make claims!
It is meant to be impartial, as such it should inform people of the deadline; but not encourage them to make the claims.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
In its infinite wisdom, the US Treasury will keep Germany on its list of countries warranting "extra scrutiny" for potential currency manipulation.— Martin Baccardax (@mdbaccardax) October 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
- Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees
in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price
inflation) increased by 3.1% excluding bonuses, and by 2.7% including
bonuses, compared with a year earlier.
- Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation) increased by 0.7% excluding bonuses, and by 0.4% including bonuses, compared with a year earlier.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Monday, October 08, 2018
Thursday, October 04, 2018
GREECE WANTS STATE GUARANTEES FOR BAD LOANS— Russian Market (@russian_market) October 4, 2018
- Throwing Euro under the bus
Forget Italy...— Russian Market (@russian_market) October 4, 2018
GREECE IS SAID TO MULL ASSET PROTECTION SCHEME FOR BAD LOANS
- Umbrella.. ella ella.. e ..e..
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Big firms could have 'late payment director' to pay suppliers on time https://t.co/2cTuopxST1— Emma Jones (@emmaljones) October 3, 2018
The government has come up with this bollocks idea that is a waste of time and money.
The responsibility for the efficient and effective management of the finances of a company falls under the remit of the CFO. Regarding the specific issues of payment of suppliers, that comes under the remit of the Purchase Manager who reports to the CFO.
Large companies pay SMEs late, not because they are inefficient, but because it is a matter of policy to delay payment to SMEs. A change will only occur when the board deems it necessary!
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018
Companies House’s list of the ten most bizarre excuses for late accounts1. Goats ate my accounts
2. I found my wife in the bath with my accountant
3. Pirates stole my accounts
4. We delivered the accounts to the betting office next door to Companies House
5. A volcano erupted and prevented me from filing
6. Slugs ate my accounts
7. It was Valentine’s Day
8. My company was more successful than I thought that it would be, so I was too busy to file
The SEC says Mr Musk's claims that he had secured funding to take the electric carmaker private were "false and misleading".
It is seeking to bar Mr Musk from acting as an officer or director of a publicly traded company.
Mr Musk called the action "unjustified" saying he acted in the "best interests of truth, transparency and investors".
As per the BBC:
"Integrity is the most important value in my life and the facts will show I never compromised this in any way."Tesla's board of directors said in a statement that they were "fully confident in Elon, his integrity and his leadership of the company".
Leave corporate communications to the lawyers and professionals!
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Goldman Sachs was fined $5bn for misconduct during the financial crisis and needed a $10bn bailout from the US Treasury. Today it's launching a bank account for UK customers. So would you trust it with your savings? Its boss told me on @BBCBreakfast how - and why - it's changed. pic.twitter.com/WhfcHLQNHX— Ben Thompson (@BBCBenThompson) September 27, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We shall see.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Customers of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank are currently unable to access their accounts through the banking group's online and app platforms.We’re aware of some issues on our Online and Mobile Banking services and are working hard to fix them. Telephone Banking and ATMs are available. Sorry and thanks for your patience.— NatWest (@NatWest_Help) September 21, 2018
Yesterday it was Barclays today its NatWest, something very odd is happening!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The problem for the USA comes when China has run out of "trade bullets", and opts for the nuclear option and starts to dump US treasuries!
- The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) 12-month inflation rate was 2.4% in August 2018, up from 2.3% in July 2018.
- Rising prices for a range of recreational and cultural goods and services, transport services and clothing produced the largest upward contributions to the change in the rate between July and August 2018.
- Partially offsetting downward contributions came from furniture and household goods, and telecommunications; prices for these rose between July and August 2018 but by less than a year ago.
- The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate was 2.7% in August 2018, up from 2.5% in July 2018.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Trump has picked the worst possible day to announce the Chinese import tariffs, my colleague @LunaLinCN says. It's Sept 18 here, a day considered the start of Japanese aggression 87 years ago. Many Chinese see it as an unofficial day of national humiliation.— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) September 18, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
It used to be said that the governor of the Bank of England could correct irresponsible behaviour in the City with a discrete raise of his eyebrows.
Mark Carney has eschewed the twitching of eyebrows by blasting out his doomsday fears with a foghorn, or more accurately, by telling the Cabinet (which is leakier than the Titanic) that in the event of a no deal Brexit property prices will collapse by 35% in three years.
All very well and "cautious" maybe, if the comments had remained private. However, as he well knew, they would leak (and leak they did). Thus in the space of a few hours, Carney has crashed the property market and with it the British economy.
The Treasury has made much of the fact that Carney has been persuaded to stay on until 2020, in order to "steady the ship". Yet here is is deliberately trying to sink the ship with project Fear II.
This man should be removed from office ASAP, as he is trying to force his personal political agenda down our throats!
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
GDP growth in July alone was up 1.6 percent, while it was 0.3 percent higher than in June, again above poll forecasts for 1.4 percent annual growth and a 0.2 percent monthly gain.
The boost in growth seems to have come about from stronger consumer spending due to the World Cup and warm weather.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
- Total membership of occupational pension schemes in the UK was an estimated 41.1 million in 2017, compared with 39.2 million in 2016 and is the highest level recorded by the survey.
- Total membership of public sector pension schemes was 15.5 million in 2017, compared with 14.8 million in 2016.
- Active membership of occupational pension schemes was 15.1
million in 2017, split between the private sector (8.8 million) and the
public sector (6.3 million).
- Active membership of private sector defined contribution schemes was 7.7 million in 2017, compared with 6.4 million in 2016.
- In 2017, for private sector defined contribution schemes, the average total (member plus employer) contribution rate was 3.4%, falling from 4.2% in 2016.
Monday, September 03, 2018
The pound is under renewed pressure on currency markets after the EU and leading Brexiteers voiced their opposition to Theresa May's Brexit plan, and UK manufacturing growth stuttered to its lowest level since the referendum.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Those who owe it money will still have to honour their debts, and those trying to claim compensation for alleged past misdemeanours will go to the back of the creditors queue.
Many in the media have been celebrating its demise. All well and good maybe, but those who used Wonga's services may now well end up going to loan sharks.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
‘A former Tory pensions minister said the report laid bare “the two class pensions system – with the pensions aristocracy funded by taxpayers and the rest of the population who are struggling to save”’ https://t.co/gfoYm2VDNq— Christine #StandUp4Brexit (@CPierceUK) August 27, 2018
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Reuters' analysis: foreign currency trading in London up 23% April 2018 on April 2016 to a record daily average of $2.7 trillion — double growth rate of New York, nearest rival. London dominated forex for 50 years. Now more dominant than ever. Accounts for 40% all world’s forex.— Andrew Neil (@afneil) August 22, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
No surprises here then!Just 31 tons to go! Russia added 25 tons of gold in July putting total gold reserves at 1,969 tons. Russia should have 2,000 tons by Labor Day. pic.twitter.com/znJpTXVsQV— Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) August 20, 2018
Monday, August 20, 2018
Forget democracy, forget economic reason, Greece will be made to run budget surpluses until 2060 - that's 2060. Binding the hands of Greek governments for yet another generation to come. Obscene— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) August 20, 2018
No one really believes that Greece will comply with these conditions, even if it wanted to!
How much does loo roll cost in Venezuela? Well, as a result of soaring inflation it’s now cheaper and more effective for Venezuelans to use bank notes then spend them on toilet paper! pic.twitter.com/Vm6ft4pZGM— Graham Hambly (@PQMagazine) August 20, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Interesting. More than a third of households using Help to Buy have incomes of £50,000 or more.— Tom Knowles (@tkbeynon) August 16, 2018
10 per cent of households using the scheme have an income of over £80,000, while 4 per cent have an income of over £100,000 a year. pic.twitter.com/iMZvvdbACC
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Just another reminder that most people - nearly 90% - don't use trains to get to work. As you were.— Simon Cooke (@SimonMagus) August 15, 2018
Simon Cooke nails it, the minority who use trains seem to have the loudest voice when it comes to allocating subsidies etc.
Some mild relief for commuters. RPI rises by 3.2% in the year to July. That number will be the ceiling for rail fare increases this year. Bit lower than the 3.4% that was anticipated. And lower than the 3.6% from last year. But higher than the 2.5% level of CPI— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) August 15, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Maybe they should have bought it from ALDI!"German supermarket chain Lidl, which runs over 10k supermarkets in 29 countries, has rolled back a new inventory management system in SAP after 7 years and 500millions€ spent. The project was launched as the biggest #digitaltransformation project in the history of the company" pic.twitter.com/E3Vt4MbNkd— Giovanni Gentili (@giovannigentili) August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
Follow the money. The Government's real faith is in the euro - just when it's claiming that the EU is useless etc pic.twitter.com/5lkd6IxsHS— Christina Patterson (@queenchristina_) August 12, 2018
This is very high risk, given the unquantified exposure of Europe to Turkey!
Friday, August 10, 2018
"Sports Direct International plc ("the Company" or "the Group") announces the acquisition of the business and assets of House of Fraser from the administrators of House of Fraser Limited, House of Fraser (Stores) Limited and James Beattie Limited, the House of Fraser group's main operating companies (the "Operating Companies"), for a cash consideration of £90 million (the "Transaction").Pursuant to the Transaction, the Group has acquired all of the UK stores of House of Fraser, the House of Fraser brand and all of the stock in the business.For the year ended 28 January 2017 (the last date to which statutory accounts are available for the parent company of the Operating Companies and prior to the appointment of the administrators), the House of Fraser group had gross assets of £946.3m and made £14.7m net profit. "
In a statement to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange the department store said administrators had confirmed that the business would continue trading, including all stores and offices, while they attempted to complete a sale.
House of Fraser employs 17,500 people, including 11,500 concession staff.
Court hearings are expected to take place at 7:30am today, "at which orders will be sought appointing individuals from Earnest & Young as administrators of each of the operating companies with immediate effect," the filing said.
The firm stated: "Significant progress has been made towards completing a sale of the group's business and assets.
The proposed administrators are expected to continue to progress those discussions with a view to concluding a transaction shortly after their appointment."
HoF chief executive Alex Williamson is quoted by CITY A.M.:
“We are hopeful that the current negotiations will shortly be concluded."Chairman Frank Slevin added:
“This has been an extraordinarily challenging six months in which the business has delivered so many critical elements of the turnaround plan. Despite the very recent termination of the transaction between Cenbest and C.Banner, I am confident House of Fraser is close to securing its future."Fingers crossed for the staff!
Thursday, August 09, 2018
JUST IN: Kremlin calls new U.S. sanctions 'categorically unacceptable' and illegal under international law https://t.co/eleXsxCjZu pic.twitter.com/4GlFjCwa6S— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 9, 2018
A record £7.8bn of pension buy-ins and buy-outs was reported by UK pension plans in the first 6 months of 2018, according to new analysis by LCP, an actuarial consultancy.— Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo) August 9, 2018
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Here’s BMW’s official statement of my question.— Jaehwan Cho 조재환 (@hohocho) August 8, 2018
“BMW AG investigations have revealed that - similar to the current Korean situation - an Exhaust-Gas-Recirculation (EGR) module malfunction may, in rare cases, cause fires in some BMW diesel vehicles in the European market” pic.twitter.com/58l7RYhhMH
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2018
Friday, August 03, 2018
Will HMRC prosecute the government for advertising this illegal hourly rate?Government's "Find a Job" Website Advertising £2-an-Hour Jobs https://t.co/m8LblCAyvm pic.twitter.com/r7lm4KDapr— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) August 3, 2018
Come next year's Brexit crash the rate rise will have to be reversed.
Methinks Carney knows this, hence a rise now gives him more to cut next year eg by 0.5% or even 0.75%; which, theoretically, might have a more of a psychological impact.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
As ever most people, when it comes to talking about interest rates, are fucking clueless!Still for the life of me can't fathom this. NIESR says BoE should raise rates tomorrow, but: “It's entirely possible that in three months’ time, because of the Brexit negotiations, because of the trade wars or some other reason, the August rate increase could look like a mistake”— Jamie McGeever (@ReutersJamie) August 1, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Watch EU president Juncker refuse to hold Donald Trump's hand https://t.co/m8DgmBNO6R— The Independent (@Independent) July 26, 2018
The two gentlemen agreed to aim for zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.
Until something goes wrong!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The number of mortgage approvals by the main high street banks in June fell by 2.1 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier.
Within this only remortgaging approvals increased and were 3.4 per cent higher than for the same period a year earlier, this was offset by the 4.7 per cent fall in house purchase approvals and 4.3 per cent fall in other secured borrowing.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Monday, July 09, 2018
Friday, July 06, 2018
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
A record breaker, for the time being until the next one is unearthed!
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Monday, July 02, 2018
If oil prices are “to high,” there’s one obvious culprit – a supply side of the global market that’s looking, um, to tight, says @davidfickling https://t.co/64AySWhCMK via @bopinion pic.twitter.com/bVGnLlaoii— Bloomberg (@business) July 2, 2018
As the USA looks to put the screws on Iran, in an attempt to change the regime there, it needs a stable oil price.
Of course a cynic might say that stability can be achieved by not fucking around with Middle Eastern countries, but I assume (given that the policy is to fuck around) that those running America have more education and intelligence than I possess!
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
London house prices are dropping at a faster and faster pace, even as the broader British housing market is still clocking up growth. Here is a look at how it's trended over the past few years https://t.co/DKbTisncmH pic.twitter.com/lZ78JBRp3i— fastFT (@fastFT) June 27, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
BA boss Willie Walsh absolutely seething on Heathrow- says MPs have approved it without any idea of the cost. Says only a matter of time before costs escalate, a new management come in and rip up promises made. Bodes well !— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) June 25, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
HM Treasury consensus of latest UK Economic forecasts from City & Non-city Forecasters. Average UK GDP forecast for 2018 is 1.4% but the most optimistic is Liverpool Macro Research +1.9% & most pessimistic is Fathom Consulting at only +0.7%. https://t.co/eA1sScH0VB pic.twitter.com/Dvx4kT2RBY— Noble Francis (@NobleFrancis) June 21, 2018
Whenever I see the words "forecast" and "consensus" in the same sentence I immediately reach for my sick bag!
Reality will prove both the forecast and the consensus lobbies wrong!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
A VW spokesman told Reuters:
The arrest comes a week after prosecutors raided Stadler’s apartment, as they widened the investigation into how Volkswagen used ‘cheat software’ in its cars to trick emissions tests.“We confirm that Mr Stadler was arrested this morning. The hearing to determine whether he will be remanded is ongoing.”
Last month, Audi admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues -- further deepening a scandal that began in 2015.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
As World Cup opens in Russia, how did football get so corrupt? With the help of a major accountancy firm. See Bean Counters for the full inside story... pic.twitter.com/uBbp2o5kXL— richard brooks (@rbrooks45) June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
People who were suckered into this scam should sue Twitter and Facebook for any profits they made from promoting this scam!I and others have been warning @Twitter about this scam (often promoted on Twitter) this for months! https://t.co/5ULje4rv8g— Ken Frost (@ken_frost) June 6, 2018
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
BREAKING: Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of the Pensions Regulator since 2015, has today announced she will not reapply to renew her contract in February next year.— Josephine Cumbo (@JosephineCumbo) May 31, 2018
Kudos to Poundland for reminding people that companies can be well run and meet customers' expectations!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Panic roiled markets Tuesday as a political fight in Italy prompted one of its worst market sell-offs in years. Underlying investor fear was the prospect of Italy leaving the euro and others following suit, which Blanchard, now an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described as more of a psychological fear than a realistic threat.
The potential concern, rather, involves Italy's creditors, who would have to "move carefully," the economist told CNBC's Joumanna Bercetche in Paris. The rest of Europe may avoid a domino effect, but Italy looks to remain mired in a quagmire.
"I suspect in this case the EU will do whatever is needed to prevent contagion, so I'm not terribly worried about contagion," Blanchard said. "I'm very worried about Italy. Not worried about the rest of Europe. It will be tough, but the rest of Europe, the rest of (the) euro will be OK."My sympathies to the good people of Italy, the EU will crush them. As per Günther Hermann Oettinger (European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources):
"Markets will teach Italy to vote for the right thing".
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Bitcoin Closing on Long-Term Bear Indicator Not Seen Since 2014....— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) May 23, 2018
...as it slides below 8K, over 60% from its peak https://t.co/CTT9EgpmOC
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Nikki Garnett, a blogger, said:
"How dare you Ben Broadbent?Bankers and economists should stick to the numbers and avoid mixing their medical metaphors.
Menopausal women have not lost their potency, in fact they are just reaching it... as I suspect you will find out in reactions to your anachronistic comment."
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority said he had "failed to act with due skill, care and diligence in the way he acted in response to an anonymous letter received by Barclays in June 2016".
Barclays must also now report annually to the regulators detailing how it handles whistleblowing, with "personal attestations" required from those responsible for the relevant systems and controls.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Breaking: @BankofEngland leaves interest rates on hold at 0.5%.— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) May 10, 2018
- 7-2 vote by the MPC. Saunders & McCafferty voted for 0.75% rates
- BoE cuts 2018 growth forecast from 1.8% to 1.4%
- Signals potential rate hikes later this year
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
TSB customers today: still can't get app or online banking...3 hours on phone...endless loop of automated voices...text saying over my limit when I'm not...can't access business account...can't sort out fraudulent transactions— Simon Gompertz (@gompertz) May 9, 2018
Live updates here.
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Watch Sainsbury's CEO sing "we're in the money" while waiting to talk about the £12 billion merger with Asda - he's since apologised for his "unguarded moment" https://t.co/Kuaowz0q1u pic.twitter.com/jYMngcahS2— ITV News (@itvnews) April 30, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
The merged company (subject to regulatory approval) will be larger than Tesco, with combined revenues of £51bn.
There are no plans to close Sainsbury's or Asda stores. However, there are "Rudd type targets" of £500m "operational efficiencies".
Sainsbury's claim that customers would see benefits including price cuts of 10% on many of the products that customers buy regularly.
We shall see, the proof of the pudding is in the eating!
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Today’s @ons deficit stats show— HM Treasury (@hmtreasury) April 24, 2018
the lowest March borrowing since 2004 👍🏿
the lowest full-year borrowing for over 10 years 📉
We’ve reached a turning point in our economy, with debt forecast to start falling – reducing the burden on future generations. pic.twitter.com/H52FgN8Htp
Monday, April 23, 2018
Capita, which provides a range of public services from collecting the BBC licence fee to recruiting for the British army, is issuing 1m new shares at 70p each — a 34 per cent discount to the theoretical price that the shares should trade at after the rights issue.
The three-for-two rights issue, which will raise £662m after fees to advisers, will be used to reduce Capita’s £1.2bn net debt, fund the company’s restructuring and invest in new technology.
Monday, April 16, 2018
This story is absolutely insane. At first glance, you think "well done, Companies House, at last they're getting serious about the epidemic of fraud enabled by the misuse of British corporations". https://t.co/HSjMDawuyl pic.twitter.com/FiQ1VMkKbv— Oliver Bullough (@OliverBullough) April 15, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018
Russian Stock Market -11.53%— Russian Market (@russian_market) April 9, 2018
EURRUB +2.44% 73.12
USDRUB +2.46% 59.61
Will it stop? pic.twitter.com/Di08vDaRUY
Friday, April 06, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The beating of a butterfly's wings......In terms of the Bank of England's view on effects of the Carillion liquidation on the supply chain, the key phrase is 'so far'. Carillion had 11,600 direct sub-contractors (and once you take account of their sub-contractors & suppliers then 25,000 firms will be affected)... pic.twitter.com/XwXlDlyEhV— Noble Francis (@NobleFrancis) March 28, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
ZeroHedge reports that Facebook advertisers have threatened to abandon the platform in the wake of a massive data harvesting scandal which began after it was revealed that an app created by two psychologists - one of whom Facebook employs - gathered data on over 50 million Americans and then sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytics and several others, who used it without consent.
The scandal is pushing some Facebook advertisers to consider dropping the platform, reports The Times.
ISBA, a British group of advertisers that spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year on Facebook, demanded answers. It is understood that some of its 3,000 brands, which include those of the consumer goods companies Unilever and P&G, will not tolerate association with Facebook if it emerges that users’ data has found its way into the hands of brokers and political campaigners without authorisation. Sources close to the trade body said that if the company’s answers were not satisfactory, advertisers might spend their money elsewhere. ISBA will meet Facebook executives this week.Others, such as Mozilla, have already pulled out, or as it said have "pressed pause" on Facebook advertising.
In a scathing post, Mozilla said that "when Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning." Until then, "Mozilla will advertise elsewhere".
Facebook stock currently trades at around $169, down from $183 five days ago.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
- The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) 12-month inflation rate was 2.5% in February 2018, down from 2.7% in January 2018.
- The largest downward contributions to the change in the rate came from transport and food prices, which rose by less than a year ago.
- Falling prices for accommodation services also had a downward effect.
- Rising prices for footwear produced the largest, partially offsetting, upward contribution.
- The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate was 2.7% in February 2018, down from 3.0% in January 2018.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
He is set to unveil consultations on a single-use plastics tax and a possible tax on the profits of digital giants like Facebook and Google.
He is expected to reveal that tax receipts are covering day-to-day government spending for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.
There will be no policy announcements or tax and spending measures - they will be held back to the Budget in the autumn - and no photocall outside 11 Downing Street with the chancellor's red box.
I am forced to ask, what is the fucking point of this then?
Monday, March 12, 2018
Tonght's @Channel4@C4Dispatches finds shocking failings at the Financial Ombudsman Service. I was astonished to see what they found - customers complaints must be taken seriously!— Ros Altmann (@rosaltmann) March 12, 2018
Must watch this prog tonight. Have you ever complained about a bank and been turned down by the Financial Ombudsman? You may find out why! pic.twitter.com/p5Qd6Z0G3g— Ros Altmann (@rosaltmann) March 12, 2018
Friday, March 09, 2018
Monday, March 05, 2018
In May’s speech tomorrow she’ll observe that “the bonuses paid to the heads of some of our biggest developers are based not on the number of homes they build but on their profits or share price...that creates a perverse incentive.”— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) March 4, 2018
This is literally how free markets work.
Friday, March 02, 2018
When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
EU COMMISSION SPOKESMAN WINTERSTEIN BRIEFS PRESS IN BRUSSELS— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 2, 2018
EU SAYS HAS COUNTER-MEASURES READY AGAINST U.S. TARIFFS
EU SAYS STANDS READY TO RESPOND
CHINA MAY TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT OWN INTERESTS: MOFCOM— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 2, 2018