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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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Carillion collapse thrusts pension provision to the fore

The collapse of outsourcing provider Carillion has put the question of pension provision firmly in the spotlight. Carillion's significant pension liabilities which will be absorbed into the UK's pension fund lifeboat (more properly known as the Pension Protection Fund).

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Appetite for blockbuster M&A deals still evident

The appetite for blockbuster mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has yet to have been derailed despite continuing political uncertainty and rising protectionism spreading globally.

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Which will be the first US$1trn company?

Which will be the first company to boast a market capitalisation of US$1trn? We put that question to a number of market observers to mark the start of 2018.

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Bank closure plans continue remorseless decline

Plans recently announced by The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank to close more branches is yet another milestone in a long-term trend. It continues the remorseless decline in bank branch numbers over nearly three decades.

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The year in Bitcoin: the phenomenon of 2017

This is a review of the year in Bitcoin, the best known of the so-called cryptocurrencies which came to the fore during 2017.

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The complete guide to identifying and hedging risk

A hedge is an investment product designed to offset the risk of adverse price movements in another asset. It usually means taking the opposite position to your main asset but in a related asset or security, often a derivative.

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Forking the word of the moment in cryptocurrency

Forking is the word of the moment in the cryptocurrency world. At least six forks are currently expected to take place over the next few weeks, each potentially creating a new cryptocurrency.

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Who's who of stock markets around the world

Jeffrey (Jeff) C Sprecher, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of InterContinental Exchange, is the most influential person in the world's financial markets structure,

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Is RMB internationalisation running out of steam?

Is the internationalisation of the Chinese domestic currency, the Renminbi yuan, running out of steam? The question is prompted by the most recent report on the topic by SWIFT

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Economic preview: US Federal Reserve meeting Tuesday/Wednesday

The economic highlight of the coming week is surely the US Federal Reserve Bank's final meeting of 2017. The big question is whether the Fed will continue its gradual tightening

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US payroll numbers higher than expected

The big news of the day in the US is that non-farm payrolls rose 228,000, according to Labor Department figures. This was above the median economist estimate of 195,000.

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Are the major stock markets overdue for correction?

Market moves at the end of last week have prompted discussion of whether the world's major stock markets might be overdue for correction.

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Look to the future for UK autumn budget

The UK's second budget statement of the year, scheduled to be delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (the UK's term for its minister of finance) on Wednesday 22 November, will probably not contain much in the way of surprise.

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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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