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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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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.

Brian Bollen17:00, 4 December 2017
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.

Brian Bollen13:47, 20 November 2017
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

Brian Bollen14:58, 15 November 2017
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UK retail industry 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

Brian Bollen13:03, 7 November 2017
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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

Brian Bollen11:48, 1 November 2017
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.

Brian Bollen12:53, 30 October 2017
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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.

Brian Bollen15:29, 13 October 2017
Cryptocurrency: a new dotcom bubble
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.

Brian Bollen15:43, 12 October 2017
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.

Brian Bollen09:35, 12 October 2017
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

Brian Bollen09:02, 10 October 2017
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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.

Brian Bollen08:51, 6 October 2017
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Profit warnings and how to profit from them

Profit warnings and how to profit from them are firmly in the news. On the one hand, the list of UK companies issuing profit warnings seems to grow almost daily.

Brian Bollen14:18, 2 October 2017
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The questions posed by the collapse of Monarch Airlines

The collapse of 49-year-old UK airline Monarch this morning poses a number of questions. These go beyond the immediate consequences for passengers

Brian Bollen09:22, 2 October 2017
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London house prices fall for first time in eight years

London house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years, according to the latest quarterly Nationwide house price index. With a 0.6% fall on the same quarter of 2016,

Brian Bollen08:58, 29 September 2017
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EU economic sentiment hits highest level for a decade

Economic sentiment in the European Union (EU) has hit its highest level for a decade. The latest Economic Sentiment Index (ESI) figures released by the European Commission (EC) this morning show that the figure increased by 1.1 points

Brian Bollen11:10, 28 September 2017

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