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Global inflation and rate of interest watch.

Many feared that Germany was about to catch the inflation habit. A recent hike in VAT meant prices would necessarily go up, and many feared the worse.

The latest data, however, has calmed nerves. Sure, the German HCPI rate for January has been estimated at 1.7 percent, and that’s up on last month, but then many had expected to see the index jump to 2.2 percent. In other words, the VAT hike did not have the impact many had feared, so that’s good news.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the latest...Read More

Oil rises as temperatures fall

Those amazing traders in oil, their spending: it goes downdity down, and then uppity up.

Oil climbed again yesterday to $56.59. It’s now $6 up on the price it fell to just over a week ago.

Oil had fallen to the lowest level in over 20 months, but now it’s close to...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Global inflation and rate of interest watch.

Many feared that Germany was about to catch the inflation habit. A recent hike in VAT meant prices would necessarily go up, and many feared the worse.

The latest data, however, has calmed nerves. Sure, the German HCPI rate for January has been estimated at 1.7 percent, and that’s...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Tata shows its Indian metal as it clinches Corus deal

It’s been a game of bid and counter bid, but at last it would seem Corus’s fate has been sealed.

When India’s Tata Steel first offered to buy Corus, the price on the table was £4.1 billion, and some worried the Indian company couldn’t really afford the price tag – that...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

House prices: the bears claw their way back

Did you know that if you were to lay all the property market economists end to end, they would form a wall big enough to see from outer-space – at least it feels that way. As for surveys, not only do we seem to be brimming over with them at...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Money for DIY video publishing: YouTube opens up commercial net to everyone

It’s not a unique idea, the web site Revver, for example, is already doing it but YouTube’s latest plan could revolutionise the media industry. On the other hand, since the company has only managed modest revenues to date, it may all prove something of a damp squid. Traditional media companies...Read More

Posted Jan 30, 2007

UK set for robust performance, despite predicted rise in jobless

The number of people unemployed and claiming unemployment benefit is expected to top 1 million this year, says the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). Despite this rise, the UK is expected to chug along nicely growing at 2.8 percent in 2007, but thanks to the rise...Read More

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Debt companies struggle to sell IVAs

At first glance it seemed like a cause to celebrate. Debt management companies DFD and Accuma have both issued profit warnings.

One would assume that if debt management companies are struggling, less of us are in debt, ergo the biggest threat to continued economic growth has gone away.

Alas, on this...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

The world is awash with credit

There are many common themes in the Sunday papers: Big Brother for example. But this weekend we detected a theme not only prevalent in the Sunday papers, but also at the World Economic Forum at Davos. The world, it appears, is awash with money.

Writing in the Independent, Hamish McRae said...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

Moore’s law, Intel and IBM make breakthrough

The main difference between the underlying principle of Moore’s law, and Vicky Pollard, that character from Little Britain, is “but.”

Ms Pollard would say, “yes, but no, but”. Moore’s Law is just about yes and no, or on and off. Each transistor sitting on a chip is effectively saying yes or...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

AIM booms as US questions: is the market garbage or class?

The AIM market has been making the headlines this weekend.

Time was when the NASDAQ would have been the obvious home for a brave, newish technology company. But in these post Sarbanes Oxley times, it’s not just London’s main market that seems to be stealing the thunder from New...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

Tata shows its Indian metal as it clinches Corus deal

It’s been a game of bid and counter bid, but at last it would seem Corus’s fate has been sealed.

When India’s Tata Steel first offered to buy Corus, the price on the table was £4.1 billion, and some worried the Indian company couldn’t really afford the price tag – that...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Oil rises as temperatures fall

Those amazing traders in oil, their spending: it goes downdity down, and then uppity up.

Oil climbed again yesterday to $56.59. It’s now $6 up on the price it fell to just over a week ago.

Oil had fallen to the lowest level in over 20 months, but now it’s close to...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

House prices: the bears claw their way back

Did you know that if you were to lay all the property market economists end to end, they would form a wall big enough to see from outer-space – at least it feels that way. As for surveys, not only do we seem to be brimming over with them at...Read More

Posted Jan 31, 2007

Money for DIY video publishing: YouTube opens up commercial net to everyone

It’s not a unique idea, the web site Revver, for example, is already doing it but YouTube’s latest plan could revolutionise the media industry. On the other hand, since the company has only managed modest revenues to date, it may all prove something of a damp squid. Traditional media companies...Read More

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Global economy set to continue good run

The Global economy is set for another two years of brisk growth, while in the US, Japan, the Eurozone and the UK it will all be much of a muchness, with growth in each of the four areas expected to lie between 3 and 2 percent for 2007 and 2008.

According...Read More

Posted Jan 30, 2007

The High Street is back: retail index sees best performance for three years

While all around there was hope, the CBI with its distributive trades index stayed glum. In April last year, when the British Retail Consortium said the month saw an impressive 6.8 percent growth on the year before, the CBI index only just managed to rise above zero, hitting...Read More

Posted Jan 30, 2007

And UK companies make shed loads more cash

Talking of cash, KPMG has published a report saying that FTSE 350 companies will generate close to a staggering £200 billion in cash over the next three years.

KPMG reckons oil, gas and mining companies will be the big cash generators.

But a question mark hangs over the business...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

House prices expected to soar in 2007

The property bulls are moving up our garden paths, and grazing from the grass before our living room windows.

Today has seen the release of two pieces of information on the property market that could be enough to have the property bears going the same way of polar bears.

First there is...Read More

Posted Jan 29, 2007

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