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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).

Brian Bollen
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What crystal balls tell us about technology in 2018

From investor to customer the technology industry is just plain exciting as possibilities unfold into realities.

Claire Hunte

China´s economy picks up steam but economists remain cautious

China´s economy picked up steam in 2017, and while there´s much scepticism about the official data coming out the country, the recent upturn could be even stronger than the figures suggest. Economists, however, remain cautious on the outlook.

James Hester

Two-faced sterling at the mercy of its rivals

Buffeted by Brexit and then impelled by rising inflation, the pound has jumped to its highest level since that June 2016 Referendum vote - against the dollar

Neil Dennis

US banks: short-term pain, long-term gain

As one of the best performing sectors of 2017, it remains to be seen whether US bank stocks can get anywhere near that kind of performance in 2018.

James Hester

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.

Brian Bollen

Should government have listened to short-sellers over Carillion collapse?

Questions are being asked as to why the government continued to award contracts to troubled engineering and construction giant Carillion long after City experts were betting on the firm’s demise.

Richard Reed

Will cryptocurrencies make your fortune in 2018?

The Bitcoin boom was the big financial story of 2017, as the price soared into the stratosphere – though many experts have dubbed it the Bitcoin bubble, convinced a crash is just around the corner.

Richard Reed

Oil majors and the rising oil price

Oil prices are subject to a complex array of socio-economic, geo-political and technology factors. Yet analysts are in agreement that the ongoing production cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC giant Russia will set the price for 2018.

Alison Bloomer
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Platinum, palladium and the carmakers

Since the mid-1970s, demand for platinum and palladium has been boosted by their use for catalytic converters in vehicles. Could the advent of the electric car see these precious metals lose their lustre?

Graham Buck

Dollar marks ground for a recovery in 2018

After a weak 2017, the US dollar is poised for recovery in 2018. In just the first few days of January the dollar index has gained nearly 0.5%, and might have been more if the Japanese yen were not also rallying in tandem

Neil Dennis

US tax reform: winners and losers

The impact of the tax reforms varies both on a sector basis and from company to company. So, who are the winners and losers from US tax reform?

James Hester

How Britain's retailers fared over Christmas

(Adds Crawshaw) Jan 5 (Reuters) - British retailers are giving updates on the key Christmas trading period stretching from "Black Friday" on Nov. 24 to clearance sales in early January. Following are highlights: Reported on Jan.5: Crawshaw British meat retailer Crawshaw...


Seasonal retail and the outlook for 2018

With nearly half of shoppers saying they had spent less this Christmas than the Christmas before, expectations for the retail sector’s festive performance were not high.

Claire Veares
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Equity market roundup: a look back, a peek forward

At the end of 2017, equity market participants can look back and say it was a very good year.

Claire Hunte

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