Alex Brummer on Business

Tough task for Israel's new banking boss

By Alex Brummer, February 14, 2013

Central bankers used to be grey anonymous figures that operated largely behind the scenes to set interest rates and stabilise currency markets. The great recession of 2008-10, followed by the crisis in euroland, changed all that.

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Battle is on for Bolland's M&S

By Alex Brummer, January 31, 2013

Among the bigger retail losers in the January reporting season was the private shareholders’ favourite, Marks & Spencer.

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Iran sanctions are stepped up

By Alex Brummer, January 17, 2013

There is no better time to bury news than when newspapers are not published or when the attention of those who report the news is elsewhere. Traditionally, the most dodgy companies hold their annual general meeting on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Day.

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It's not all over for high streets

By Alex Brummer, December 22, 2012

The shape of retailing on Britain's high streets, in the shopping malls and in local neighbourhoods, is changing rapidly. The advance of the internet has been catastrophic for some retailers.

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SodaStream to fizz up the market

By Alex Brummer, December 10, 2012

In recent weeks, Brighton has become the focus of Palestinian boycott activity, with demonstrators noisily picketing the clinical Ecostream store on the city’s main thoroughfare, Western Road.

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The UK pay gap is getting greater

By Alex Brummer, November 22, 2012

At a time of national austerity one might have expected pay in Britain’s boardrooms to have subsided. After all it is the year of the “shareholder spring” when investors across Britain reportedly rose up against greed among directors.

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Who are the giants that will save the economy?

By Alex Brummer, November 8, 2012

Match-making websites and speed dating have become essentials in the great courting ritual. But how many people realise that the modern substitute for the shadkhan is partly the result of research carried out by economist Alvin Roth?

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Jobs at core of MENA problems

By Alex Brummer, October 25, 2012

The Arab Spring and the turmoil left in its wake, has concentrated the minds of policymakers on dealing with the economic causes of the uprising across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

A new study, presented at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank meetings earlier this month, seeks to address the weaknesses, particularly in the labour market, in the region.

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Digital giants are destroying our high-streets

By Alex Brummer, August 30, 2012

Hang out the bunting, let’s celebrate. Apple has miraculously become the most valuable quoted company in history. How did it reach this exalted status?

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Donor dollars are everything in the US

By Alex Brummer, August 16, 2012

The emergence of Sandy Weill, the American financier who drove a coach and horses through the Glass-Steagall banking restrictions Act, as an advocate of breaking up the super-banks into separate investment banking and utility banking units, was something of a Damascene moment.

Glass-Steagall is the law that limited the investing risks banks could take.

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