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Brian Bollen

Brian Bollen has written on international institutional finance, from corporate and M&A to the back-office functions of custody and settlement. He cut his teeth on a FT newsletter covering the international syndicated loan and capital markets and edited FT Mergers & Acquisitions International.

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The growth of smart beta investment in Europe

The growth in popularity of smart beta investment amongst European investors continues. According to a recent survey by exchange-traded funds (ETF) Invesco PowerShares

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UK retail figures crush hopes of consumer-led growth

Any last lingering hopes that the UK consumer might somehow lead the country to the sunlit uplands of economic growth have surely been well and truly crushed by figures published by the British Retail Consortium

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Only one thing is certain: the outlook is unclear

The only certainties in human life are death and taxes. Interest rate movements do not feature in this elite group. However certain the world's experts are today that the Bank of England will announce an interest rate rise tomorrow

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A beginner's guide to the arcane world of securities lending

Securities lending is when an owner of a fixed income stock or other security lends it to someone else. The borrower must stump up collateral while they hold the borrowed security – this might be in cash but it might be another security or a mix of securities.

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Survey results show German economy sustaining momentum

This week's burst of survey results show the German economy sustaining its momentum. Unless the wheels come off in the final quarter, Germany will record growth of more than 2% for the year

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30 years ago today: lessons from Black Monday 1987

The world's biggest financial markets crash in living memory took place on 19 October 1987. In the US, the Dow Jones fell 22.6%.

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Friday the 13th: Christmas comes early for investors

Friday the 13th has been widely viewed as unlucky ever since King Philip of France launched a dawn raid on the Knights Templar on that day in October 1307.

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Cryptocurrency: a new dotcom bubble?

Cryptocurrencies may be new but the warnings about them are as old as the Lydian electrum trite from 600BC – thought to be the first minted coin in the world.

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Eurozone industrial production up 3.8% in August

Eurozone industrial production rose by 3.8% in August 2017 compared to August 2016, according to estimated figures published this morning by Eurostat, the European Union (EU)'s statistical office.

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US dollar has struggled in response to US monetary tightening

The US dollar has struggled in response to US monetary policy tightening this year. The US economy has experienced two interest rate increases in 2017.

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CMA publishes issues statement for Fox/Sky investigation

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has this morning set out more detail about what it intends to examine in its investigation into the proposed takeover of Sky Plc by 21st Century Fox

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German industrial production up after summer lull

German industrial production is up and running again after something of a summer lull. Provisional statistics released this morning by the German Federal Statistical office (Destatis) show that production in August was up by 2.6%

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UK annual house price growth shows September surge

Annual house price growth in the UK is running at 4%, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index results issued this morning. Prices in the three months to September were 4.0% higher than in the same three months a year earlier.

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Russia's En+ announces intention to float in London and Moscow

En+ Group plc, an international vertically integrated power and aluminium producer with core assets located in Russia, has announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering of global depositary receipts.

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Eurozone economic growth accelerating confirms IHS Markit

Eurozone economic growth accelerated at the end of the third quarter, according to the IHS Markit Eurozone Purchasing Managers' Index published this morning. The final eurozone composite output index was 56.7 at the end of September

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