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Posted on: 26 June 2013
A Downing Street coup has ousted Charles Darwin as the face of the ten-pound note, replacing him with the novelist Jane Austen. In the government's opinion Darwin was of the type that doesn't deserve such recognition.
Posted on: 25 June 2013
The market toned down its porcine aggression on Monday, allowing the US 10-year yield to relax to 2.55%.
Posted on: 24 June 2013
Henceforth, American agencies can downgrade European sovereign debt no more than three times a year. They must also give Brussels a day's notice of their announcements.
Posted on: 21 June 2013
In currency terms yesterday that meant taking advantage of the US dollar's two-week high..
Posted on: 20 June 2013
Speeches yesterday by the Bank of England governor, the British chancellor, the US president and the Federal Reserve chairman provided ample scope for oratory metaphor.
Posted on: 19 June 2013
Six years after Northern Rock went down the pan, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has at last completed its study of failed banks and has made a series of recommendations to the chancellor.
Posted on: 18 June 2013
For some people,you can never be too safe. Several of them appear to have been at work calming the FX market yesterday, especially among the major currencies...
Posted on: 17 June 2013
For the last ten days sterling has been going nowhere fast, hovering mostly between €1.17 and €1.18. It was doing that again at the end of last week, allowing the pound to start this morning less than a dozen ticks adrift from Friday morning/s opening level.
Posted on: 14 June 2013
Investors had a bit of a rethink yesterday and decided that Wednesday's buying had been overdone. There was no solid evidence to provoke the change of mind; it was more a matter of the buyers running out of steam.
Posted on: 13 June 2013
Christoph Bartneck, a reader at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, having nothing better to do, made a study of 3,655 Lego minifigures produced between 1975 and 2010.
Posted on: 12 June 2013
A German bank clerk intending to transfer €62.40 out of an account inadvertently transferred €222,222,222.22 instead. He got the sack.
Posted on: 11 June 2013
The Bank of Japan slightly surprised investors this morning when it omitted to do or say anything to calm the volatility that has been a recent feature of Tokyo bond and equity markets.
Posted on: 10 June 2013
After a 165k increase in April investors were expecting to see around 167k new jobs in May. What they got was a 175k increase and a -12k downward revision to the previous month's figure; a net increase of 163k.
Posted on: 7 June 2013
Japanese investors have not the vaguest idea what the government and the Bank of Japan have in mind for their currency...
Posted on: 6 June 2013
The annual Bilderberg meeting starts today in Watford. Attendance is by invitation only, with delegates drawn from the upper echelons of international politics, finance and commerce.