Alex Brummer

New pay rules just won't work

By Alex Brummer, January 19, 2012

You do not have to be a socialist to think that pay in Britain's boardrooms has gone off the scale.

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Trad retail suffering but online has pain, too

By Alex Brummer, January 5, 2012

Translating the high-street headlines at the start of a new year is like navigating a maze.

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Food supremo retains her global appetite

By Alex Brummer, December 29, 2011

No modern takeover in Britain caused so much public furore as the February 2010 purchase by American food giant Kraft of Cadbury.

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Could a BIB promote growth?

By Alex Brummer, December 8, 2011

The search continues for a big idea to help rebalance the British economy and restore growth. In his autumn statement, George Osborne proposed some £40bn of "credit easing" to get cheaper credit flowing to small and medium-sized enterprises along with a boost for infrastructure spending to create jobs and investment in new capital projects.

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It's time to tax those bankers

By Alex Brummer, November 10, 2011

The 'Occupy Wall Street' and 'Occupy London' movements are too easily dismissed as the actions of a bunch of middle-class cranks without a real cause. But like the 'Cottage Cheese' protests in Israel and the spontaneous youth protests in Barcelona, they are civil disobedience with real meaning.

The global crisis has placed sharp income disparities in the spotlight.

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The banks still have so much to learn

By Alex Brummer, October 11, 2011

The reputation of the City has taken a terrible battering as a result of the financial crisis. Each time it picks itself up there is a new blow; perhaps most recently in the shape of the £1.3 billion rogue trading scandal at the London end of Swiss bank UBS.

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Growth, yes, but what social justice?

By Alex Brummer, September 1, 2011

Nine months have passed since the start of the Arab Spring, when a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit seller immolated himself in front of a municipal building highlighting his frustration with red tape and living standards.

Since then, Israel has looked on with curiosity and apprehension as Arab state after Arab state erupted in violence over surging food prices, high youth unemployment and lack of po

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Our banking system is still so flawed

By Alex Brummer, August 4, 2011

Four years have passed since the money markets froze over on August 9 2007, causing a credit crisis and the failure of Northern Rock. And it has been three years since the failure of Lehman.

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Meet the stars of cyber space

By Alex Brummer, July 21, 2011

Not so long ago it looked as if generations of young Jews in the Western democracies were destined for professional lives as lawyers, accountants and doctors.

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The son may eclipse the father

By Alex Brummer, July 7, 2011

The Honourable Nat Rothschild, scion of the most famous family in European banking, is proving a surprise package.

After a misspent youth, which saw him branded as a playboy and worse, he could yet become the richest Rothschild of all through a series of spectacular investments in natural resources.

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What's in store for Waterstone's?

By Alex Brummer, June 23, 2011

The fate of struggling music group HMV and its Waterstone's book chain has been of more than just passing interest to investors. The decline of HMV, which came perilously close to administration in recent months, is a story of our times.

No other British retailer has been more affected by the digital revolution.

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The French have it again...

By Alex Brummer, June 10, 2011

Normally the goings-on at the International Monetary Fund struggle to find space in the business sections, let alone the front pages, of our national newspapers.

But an odd confluence of events - the priapic behaviour of former managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the on-going crisis in the euro zone and the struggle over who will succeed DSK (as he is known) - at the Fund have moved it to

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Chin up, things ain't that bad

By Alex Brummer, May 26, 2011

The recovery of the advanced economies from the 'great recession' of 2008-09 has been stuttering. This is not surprising. Countries rarely bounce back from slumps in a straight line, especially after a financial shock on the scale which brought the world economy to a shuddering halt in the Autumn of 2008.

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Review: Money and Power

By Alex Brummer, May 18, 2011

By William D. Cohan
Allen lane £25

Investment banker-turned-author William Cohan is becoming the master of the Wall Street biography. Having plundered the archives at his former employer Lazard and chronicled the rise and fall of Bear Stearns & Co in House of Cards, he has now aimed even higher with an examination of Goldman Sachs.

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The Glencore Jew in the glare

By Alex Brummer, May 12, 2011

Just a few weeks ago, the name Ivan Glasenberg would have attracted little recognition outside of Switzerland, where his company Glencore is based. But the decision to list on the London and Hong Kong stock markets has catapulted the South-African entrepreneur to the top of Europe's rich list.

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Analysis: Calling in the crash team to bring the economy back to life

By Alex Brummer, May 11, 2011

The best book on the Great Crash of 1929 is John Kenneth Galbraith's succinct account, written in 1956, some 27 years after the events that brought the world economy to a shuddering halt. It had the advantage of perspective, something that was lacking from the many accounts of the financial panic of 2007 to 2009. This includes my own effort, The Crunch.

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The West is key in MENA future

By Alex Brummer, April 28, 2011

The turmoil in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) region, which began with riots in Algeria and Tunisia in December 2010, has been unprecedented in its scope.

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London gets ready for giant Glencore

By Alex Brummer, April 14, 2011

The upcoming London and Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) of the secretive global commodities, mining and production group Glencore International AG, will be one of the most fascinating of modern times. In size terms alone it will be the biggest ever flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) raising up to $11 billion of new cash and valuing the whole group at around $45 billion.

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Have the banks not learned?

By Alex Brummer, March 31, 2011

In the light of the bonuses paid by Britain's big banks over the past few weeks - including the 100 or so new millionaires created at the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland - one might have thought that the crisis, which enveloped the financial system in 2007-08, was over.

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Tchenguiz arrests put SFO in limelight

By Alex Brummer, March 16, 2011

The high-profile dawn raids and arrests of the Iranian-born Tchenguiz brothers, Robert and Vincent, is a big test for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which is masterminding the case against them.

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