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Branson says cheers Darling to Murdoch

Imagine the glee in the Branson household on Monday. Imagine the tension in the Murdoch abode.

On that day trade secretary, Alistair Darling gave out instructions to Ofcom, and the ramifications are potentially very far reaching indeed.

You may recall when NTL, which now trades under the name of Virgin Media and has enlisted the help of Uma Thurman to educate us, tried to buy ITV. BSkyB rather took the wind out of its sales, however, when it acquired a 19.7 percent stake in the UK’s biggest independent terrestrial TV...Read More

Did the NASDAQ and FTSE bear market ever end?

While the falls in London were far more modest than those seen in the US yesterday – the FTSE 100 fell by 148 points – it’s worth remembering it hadn’t risen so high in the first place.

Still, London’s biggest index is well down on the dizzy heights seen on...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Branson says cheers Darling to Murdoch

Imagine the glee in the Branson household on Monday. Imagine the tension in the Murdoch abode.

On that day trade secretary, Alistair Darling gave out instructions to Ofcom, and the ramifications are potentially very far reaching indeed.

You may recall when NTL, which now trades under the name of Virgin Media...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Dow falls as wise man warns of recession risk

Time was when former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan worried about the markets. He warned of irrational exuberance, and then the wild rises of the late’ 90s would sometimes reverse, while his thoughts were digested. Then, after a day or two, sometimes after a few hours, it was business as usual,...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Bursting bubble, or just a correction?

History tells there have been two types of bubble. There’s the bubble when madness and greed beget a child. And then there’s that which is born of reason, but finds itself adopted by the parents of its more insidious rival.

The South Sea and Tulip bubbles of bygone years clearly fall...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Housing shortage still pressing on price

Price, as you know, is determined by supply and demand. And that brings us to house prices.

These days prices are so high, that things for the first time buyer are nigh on impossible, and it seems hard to believe price can go on defying gravity forever.

But supposing supply is even...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Council tax and stamps see rises

If it’s produced in China or subject to the forces of global competition, then it would appear that price pressure is forcing the bottom line downwards. If it’s a service, especially with a distinctly local feel, then inflation still hovers and threatens and bullies us.

Take Council Tax, as an example....Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Pensions: the deficit falls but so does our wage packet

The pension deficit for all FTSE 100 companies has now fallen to the lowest level ever recorded, says Watson Wyatt, but, alas, the surging stock market isn’t helping workers’ pay packets. According to research from AON Consulting, employers are squeezing employees’ wages in order to fund final salary...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Private equity: what they say

One thing is for sure. You are left in no doubt where Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, sits on the issue of private equity.

In a recent speech he gave in the city, he said: “They give the impression of being little more than amoral asset-strippers after a...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2007

Private equity: why and what?

Debt can be wonderful thing. Just supposing a company is growing in line with the FTSE 100. The index has almost doubled in value over the last four years. So, even your average large business should have enjoyed something of an impressive growth spurt during the last few years.

If...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2007

Private equity: the good and the bad and the not quite sure

Here’s a game you might have considering playing with yesterday’s Sunday papers. Count the number of times the two words private and equity appear next to each other. Come to think of it, don’t bother, such is the frequency of their use, that the game gets very tedious within a...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2007

Dow falls as wise man warns of recession risk

Time was when former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan worried about the markets. He warned of irrational exuberance, and then the wild rises of the late’ 90s would sometimes reverse, while his thoughts were digested. Then, after a day or two, sometimes after a few hours, it was business as usual,...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Did the NASDAQ and FTSE bear market ever end?

While the falls in London were far more modest than those seen in the US yesterday – the FTSE 100 fell by 148 points – it’s worth remembering it hadn’t risen so high in the first place.

Still, London’s biggest index is well down on the dizzy heights seen on...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Bursting bubble, or just a correction?

History tells there have been two types of bubble. There’s the bubble when madness and greed beget a child. And then there’s that which is born of reason, but finds itself adopted by the parents of its more insidious rival.

The South Sea and Tulip bubbles of bygone years clearly fall...Read More

Posted Feb 28, 2007

Housing shortage still pressing on price

Price, as you know, is determined by supply and demand. And that brings us to house prices.

These days prices are so high, that things for the first time buyer are nigh on impossible, and it seems hard to believe price can go on defying gravity forever.

But supposing supply is even...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Every little helps: Tesco and the 50-year bond

Fifty years. That’s a long time. No doubt, just like the writer of this article, it will see you through to your 71st birthday. By then, China will probably be the richest country in the world, India might well be second, and we will know the truth about global warming....Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Oil rebounds to start of year price

Oil found itself all the way back up at $61#43; a barrel over the weekend.

Black gold has now fully regained the price losses seen during the first few weeks of this year.

Bad weather was the cause. With the Midwest knee deep in the white flaky stuff, Americans turned up their...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2007

Green with envy: private equity waves green flag

Here’s an idea to help make an unpopular cause a hit.

As a general rule of thumb, it would appear that those who worry about the environment often tend to be the most anti private equity.

But, supposing the private equity brigade embrace the green agenda; supposing they become eco warriors.

In the...Read More

Posted Feb 26, 2007

Don’t call us, I phone you, say Apple and Cisco

When Steve Jobs and Apple made the headlines with the release of the iPhone, there was one little problem. The company didn’t own the rights to the name.

Of course, with anyone else this would have been considered a major blow, but with Apple – which seems to make a habit...Read More

Posted Feb 23, 2007

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