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  • Sorry, Hargreaves Lansdown, but your so-called apology isn't enough
    CEO’s airy expression of sympathy over Neil Woodford affair is singularly unimpressiveA modern trend with corporate apologies is to get them in early while being gloriously vague about what it is you are apologising for. Hargreaves Lansdown adopted…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 2:48pm -
  • Clarity on Burford Capital is needed after Muddy Waters treatment
    Grumbling about short-selling is pointless – disclosure and engagement are the only defencesMuddy Waters is a splendid name for a short-selling hedge fund that claims to spot accounting shenanigans at listed companies. Carson Block, its founder, do…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 2:38pm -
  • Sirius shareholders left hoping all the digging won't be down to them | Nils Pratley
    The mining concern seems to be blaming US-China tensions for pulling its $500m junk bond offerWhat a useful phrase, “current market conditions”. It can be deployed in almost any situation with no need to join the dots between, say, latest tension…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 2:54pm -
  • HSBC chair Mark Tucker's decision to oust CEO may lead to backlash
    Expelling popular insider John Flint might have shaken up bank’s cosy atmosphereMark Tucker, chairman of HSBC, has a reputation for moving quickly and being a plain speaker. In ousting chief executive John Flint, who only got the job 18 months ago,…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 6:06am -
  • Cobham's demise could herald a flood of private equity takeovers | Nils Pratley
    US private equity firms are awash with cash and Brexit-bruised Britain looks like a tempting targetEven Cobham’s shareholders probably wouldn’t describe their company, founded 85 years ago by aviation pioneer Sir Alan Cobham, as the jewel in the…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Jul 19, 2:21pm -
  • Let's face it: nuclear power is hideously dear and far from ideal | Nils Pratley
    The government should be backing renewables, not tying itself to an expensive nuclear futureThat bill-payers got stuffed in the deal that brought the Hinkley Point C project into existence is beyond dispute these days. Even government ministers barel…
    - 27 days ago, 23 Jul 19, 2:23pm -
  • There must be a point at which HS2 is just too expensive
    The CBI and BCC wring their hands at a budget overrun of £30bn – but then keep on insisting it must be builtOne thing as predictable as an increase in the projected cost of building HS2 is the response from business lobby groups. Sure enough, as t…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 1:58pm -
  • Where Asos profits will come from is anyone's guess
    Online fashion retailer believes large-scale profits will arrive eventually but there are two big problemsOnline-only clothing retailer Asos has invested about £700m of capital in the past five years on the theory that a pot of gold awaits the compa…
    - 32 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 2:47pm -
  • Saga looks horribly exposed as hedge fund Elliott buys 5% stake
    Over-50s specialist vulnerable to having its insurance arm split away from its cruise operationThis fight looks unfair. In one corner stands Elliott Advisors, the UK end of an aggressive $34bn US hedge fund that can often be found telling FTSE 100 fi…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 3:02pm -
  • For the pound, there is little or no short-term cheer
    Predicting currency flow is a mug’s game but there’s little to stop sterling’s slide anytime soonThere are no sure-fire bets in the currency markets but, in retrospect, selling sterling has been a ridiculously easy trade for two months. The dir…
    - 34 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 2:11pm -
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