In 1990 interest rates were at 15 per cent. You didn't need to be brain of Britain to know that rates at that level were not going to last. It should be easy, therefore, to look at interest rates today – standing at 0.5 per cent – and see this must be the bottom of the interest rate cycle, with little chance of them remaining at record lows in the medium to long term.
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Thursday 22 November 2012
Decision pushes country close to default again but President vows not to cough up the cash
Sunday 18 November 2012
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's efforts to give his citizens a better night's sleep and ease stress for the nation's farm animals are undermining his push to make Moscow a global financial centre.
Thursday 15 November 2012
There's been an investor flight to safety in the past year with corporate bond funds in particular seen as a steady home for institutional and retail investors uncomfortable with some of the wild fluctuations we've experienced in equity markets.
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Outlook So now along with the advent calendar, cut-out clock and toy lorry you can get an Eddie Stobart bond paying 5.5 per cent! That'll go down well in the haulier's souvenir shop. The launch of said bond, aimed directly at retail investors, is serendipitous: it came on the same day inflation figures provided a nasty shock with the consumer prices index at an unexpectedly high 2.7 per cent.
Friday 09 November 2012
The Bank of England declined to pump more stimulus into the economy yesterday, despite signs that the GDP bounce registered in the third quarter of the year is fading.
Thursday 25 October 2012
The British pub industry is still in decline, the boss of the 4,500-strong Punch Taverns chain declared yesterday.
Saturday 20 October 2012
On Thursday I shared a stage with Sir Ronald Cohen, a man with a mission.
Saturday 13 October 2012
Thursday 04 October 2012
The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.75 per cent.
Friday 28 September 2012
Spain is set to reveal how much trouble its banking system is in when it releases the results of audits of 14 lenders today.
Friday 28 September 2012
The former senior Credit Suisse trader who was this week arrested in London on fraud charges was granted bail in court yesterday, with his lawyer saying he would fight plans for his extradition to the US.
Sunday 26 August 2012
With equities at historic lows they may offer more than gold and bonds
Friday 24 August 2012
Report shows wealthy do 240 times better out of QE than the poor
Thursday 23 August 2012
Outlook From Reuters: "Germany easily sold €4bn of new, interest-free, two-year bonds on Wednesday, with investors edgy about European Central Bank plans to curb the debt crisis... Germany sold bonds with a zero coupon – meaning it pays no interest to the holder – for the second time this year, reflecting a fall in its borrowing costs to historic lows..."
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Crashing out of Europe can mean very different things to different people. Manchester United's early exit last year from the Champions League spelled a big hit to revenue and pride. George Soros, in contrast, made his name, and perhaps a billion pounds, when his Quantum fund bet that Britain would have to leave the European Exchange-Rate Mechanism in 1992. The octogenarian financier has now turned his attention to the Premier League giants. That could help lift investor sentiment about the recently floated Red Devils.
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