Alex Brummer on Business

Insurers’ excessive pay must be curbed

By Alex Brummer, April 12, 2013

Prudential Plc is one of the most respected names in financial services — trusted with billions of the people’s savings in ISAs, pension products and insurance.

So it came as a surprise when the company was fined up to £30 million last month for its failure to deal with the Financial Services Authority in “an open and co-operative manner”.

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Courting Qatar could harm British interests

By Alex Brummer, March 29, 2013

Qatar’s credentials as one of Britain’s biggest inward investors are rarely questioned, and the economic friendship is growing.

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Osborne must take axe to tax

By Alex Brummer, March 14, 2013

There are two big misrepresentations about the current state of the British economy.
The first is that the present government has engaged in savage cuts in public spending that are shrinking the size of the state in the most painful way. The second is that the size of the economy is shrinking and as a result, the nation is heading into a “triple dip” recession.

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Watch out Sky, the rivals are coming

By Alex Brummer, February 28, 2013

The domination of Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB in Britain’s pay television space looks set to face its greatest challenge since the launch of satellite broadcasting more than two decades ago. Changes in technology, delivery systems and ownership structures threaten to undermine Sky’s market leadership, under which it has gained more than 10 million UK subscribers.

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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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