Expert view

It’s your postcode that counts in the City

By Ric Berke, July 13, 2012

There is a common misconception that the City is predominantly staffed by white, upper-middle-class men. Although that may indeed have once been the case, a short walk around Canary Wharf on any weekday would show you that the City of today is truly diverse.

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Come on Politicians

By Marc Cohen, June 21, 2012

Forgive the gloom and doom, but this issue is too important to ignore.

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How we can save Britain

By Steve Baker, June 8, 2012

Business and the economy provide two separate stories. Local businesses may cautiously report optimistic expansion but the national story is one of stagnation.

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Why I'm Still Positive about Equity Markets

By Paul Mann, May 17, 2012

We are in a changing environment for investing. Three years into a protracted deleveraging cycle, investors should expect the landscape to shift significantly, together with rising levels of volatility.

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Be savvy with savings

By Ros Altmann, May 10, 2012

It is over three years since the Bank of England reduced interest rates to just half a per cent and there seems no end in sight to savers' plight.

Anyone hoping to live on their savings income has been hit by the toxic combination of falling rates and rising inflation.

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Do the perfect pitch

By Shani Shoham, April 26, 2012

Many entrepreneurs often stumble when it comes to pitching their presentation to investors. Yet an investor presentation is no different to any other presentation: the thought process should start with the objective and the target audience.

● Objective - the objective of an investor presentation is to trigger interest, not to share every piece of information you have ever gathered.

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Sober times for M&A

By Jonathan Morris, April 19, 2012

The excitement surrounding the planned merger of Glencore and Xstrata cannot hide the large reduction in mergers and acquisition (M&A) in 2012.

According to preliminary data released by Thomson Reuters, global M&A deals totalled just $416 billion in the first quarter of this year as compared to $737 billion in the corresponding period in 2011. That is a substantial fall.

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The City's status is under threat

April 4, 2012

For the past 20 years London has been the preferred place for many international companies to list their shares. There are good reasons for this.

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Quantative easing isn't working

By Ros Altmann, March 8, 2012

So the Bank of England is extending its so-called "Quantitative Easing" (QE) policy and creating another £50 billion of new money to buy Government bonds (gilts), on top of the £275 billion of "magic money" it has already conjured up, supposedly to stimulate the economy.

So far, there is precious little evidence that QE is actually stimulating the economy.

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It's easy to go green

By Melvyn Solomon, February 23, 2012

It is not unusual to open a newspaper and find a debate about renewable energy, but if you don't know your carbon capture from your ethanol extraction processes, don't panic, you will probably never have to.

Green investments or "clean-tech" as it is now more commonly known, is one of the most important, fascinating and buoyant sectors to emerge out of the 21 st century.

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