Currencies

Nomura rounds up markets’ biggest misses in 2016

Forecasting markets a year in advance is never easy, but with “year-ahead investment themes” season well underway, Nomura has provided a handy reminder of quite how difficult it is, with an overview of markets’ biggest hits and misses (OK, mostly misses) from the start of 2016. The biggest miss among analysts, according to Nomura’s Sam […]

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Property

Spanish construction rebuilds after market collapse

Property developer Olivier Crambade founded Therus Invest in Madrid in 2004 to build offices and retail space. For five years business went quite well, and Therus developed and sold more than €300m of properties. Then Spain’s economy imploded, taking property with it, and Mr Crambade spent six years tending to Dhamma Energy, a solar energy […]

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Currencies

Euro suffers worst month against the pound since financial crisis

Political risks are still all the rage in the currency markets. The euro has suffered its worst slump against the pound since 2009 in November, as investors hone in on a series of looming battles between eurosceptic populists and establishment parties at the ballot box. The single currency has shed 4.5 per cent against sterling […]

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Banks

RBS falls 2% after failing BoE stress test

Royal Bank of Scotland shares have slipped 2 per cent in early trading this morning, after the state-controlled lender emerged as the biggest loser in the Bank of England’s latest round of annual stress tests. The lender has now given regulators a plan to bulk up its capital levels by cutting costs and selling assets, […]

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Currencies

China capital curbs reflect buyer’s remorse over market reforms

Last year the reformist head of China’s central bank convinced his Communist party bosses to give market forces a bigger say in setting the renminbi’s daily “reference rate” against the US dollar. In return, Zhou Xiaochuan assured his more conservative party colleagues that the redback would finally secure coveted recognition as an official reserve currency […]

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Financial

Defaults gather, and now our Ratesetter watch begins

Posted on 30 November 2016

Here’s a deceptively simple question: what are the expected defaults on Ratesetter’s loan book? It’s simple because there should be a straightforward answer, even if there’s some uncertainty and subjective judgement built into the number. It’s deceptive because there seem to be two answers, one that makes everything look fine and another, which requires some […] Continue Reading

Property

US pending home sales inch higher in October

Posted on 30 November 2016

A forward-looking indicator of US home sales edged slightly higher in October, indicating steady recovery in the country’s housing market. The National Association of Realtors said pending home sales, based on signed contracts to buy previously-owned single-family homes, rose 0.1 per cent from September, in line with economists’ estimates. The rate of growth had slowed […] Continue Reading

Financial

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin hit by restructuring costs

Posted on 30 November 2016

Profits at wealth manager Brewin Dolphin were hit by restructuring costs as the company continued to shift its focus towards portfolio management. The FTSE 250 company reported pre-tax profits of £50.1m in the year to September 30, down 17.9 per cent from £61m the previous year. Finance director Andrew Westenberger said its 2015 figure was […] Continue Reading

Banks

BoE stress tests reactions: ‘No room for complacency’

Posted on 30 November 2016

The results of the Bank of England’s toughest ever stress tests are in, and it’s safe to say results have been mixed; RBS was forced to present a new plan to bolster its capital position, while Barclays and Standard Chartered also failed to meet some of their minimum hurdles. Here’s a roundup of what analysts […] Continue Reading

Banks

Basel Committe fail to sign off on latest bank reform measures

Posted on 30 November 2016

Banking regulators have failed to sign off the latest package of global industry reforms, leaving a question mark hanging over bankers who complain they have faced endlessly evolving regulation since the financial crisis. Policymakers had hoped to agree the contentious new measures at a crunch meeting held in Chile this week, but a senior official […] Continue Reading

Banks

Barclays: life in the old dog yet

Posted on 30 November 2016

Barclays, a former basket case of British banking, is beginning to look inspiringly mediocre. The bank has failed Bank of England stress tests less resoundingly than Royal Bank of Scotland. Investors believe its assets are worth only 10 per cent less than their book value, judging from the share price. Although Barclays’s legal team have […] Continue Reading

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