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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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missile arc
How politics affects trading with short, sharp, shocks

Recent political events worldwide have shown just how far and fast markets can move when politicians and politics interferes.

Brian Bollen14:45, 27 September 2017
port activity
Purchasing managers' index shows eurozone momentum

The eurozone economy ended the third quarter on a strong note, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index figures from data specialist IHS Markit. Growth in business activity picked up to its highest since May.

Brian Bollen09:02, 22 September 2017
cement wall
CRH agrees deal to buy Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement

Ireland-based CRH plc, the international building materials group, has this morning reported that it has reached an agreement to acquire Ash Grove Cement Company. Total consideration is US$3.5bn

Brian Bollen08:58, 21 September 2017
ons chart
ONS reports UK retail sales rise in both volume and value

Retail sales rose in the UK in August, both in volume and value, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

Brian Bollen09:20, 20 September 2017
bis building
Missing debt mountains: a 'What if?' poser from the BIS

More than US$10.7tn of debt globally is not being recorded on any balance sheet anywhere, according to a just-published paper from the Bank for International Settlements

Brian Bollen13:19, 18 September 2017
Paris-based Chinese-owned luxury goods group SMCP in IPO

Paris-based Chinese-owned luxury goods group SMCP has this morning confirmed that it plans to list on the French stock exchange, Euronext Paris.

Brian Bollen09:00, 18 September 2017
garden of eden of cashless society
No banknotes or coins: is a cashless economy likely?

A cashless society has been a staple of human thinking for millennia. The Garden of Eden was a cashless society. H G Wells portrayed a cashless society in The Time Machine.

Brian Bollen09:57, 14 September 2017
Bank of America Merrill Lynch global fund manager survey
It's not the US market, stupid

It's not the US market, stupid, is the eye-catching headline on the just-published September Bank of America Merrill Lynch global fund manager survey.

Brian Bollen12:18, 12 September 2017
ecb frankfurt
Unchanged ECB key interest rate of little surprise

The European Central Bank's decision to leave interest rates unchanged came as little surprise.

Brian Bollen12:41, 7 September 2017
eu retail trade
Eurozone retail sales dip by 0.3% in July

The volume of eurozone retail sales dipped by 0.3% in July compared with a month earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to figures from Eurostat

Brian Bollen09:12, 5 September 2017
dublin pub
Dublin's C&C takes minority investment in Admiral Taverns

Dublin-based drinks maker C&C Group plc is joining forces with privately held Proprium Capital Partners and the management of pub operator Admiral Taverns in a management buyout.

Brian Bollen10:42, 4 September 2017
bank of england
Bank of England monetary data show UK economy slipping

The monetary statistics just released by the Bank of England this morning provide further ammunition for those who argue that the UK economy is slipping out of forward gear. Broad money fell by £0.8bn in July.

Brian Bollen08:56, 30 August 2017
money a history
From Lydia's money and electrum to blockchain

This is a history of money from the ancient kingdom of Lydia and its electrum coinage to bitcoin and blockchain. The history of money is rich and varied.

Brian Bollen08:45, 25 August 2017
CEE private equity investment activity highest since 2009

Private equity investment in central and eastern Europe has reached its highest level since 2009, according to a new report from Invest Europe (formerly EVCA, the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association).

Brian Bollen11:10, 24 August 2017
copper price boost
Antofagasta results given copper price boost

Chilean copper mining group Antofagasta has had a strong start to the year. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 88%

Brian Bollen12:45, 22 August 2017

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