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China in Charts…


Monday, October 19th, 2015

China has released GDP figures showing the Chinese economy grew at 6.9% last quarter. Beijing has forecast a 7% growth rate this year. 6.9% shows the well publicised slowdown whilst preserving the 7% target. How useful. President Xi Jinping arrives […]

Affirming Trends.


Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The newsflow today reaffirms some of the main themes that have been in place since the early crisis: European Economic weakness Squeezed European consumers Indebted governments Troubled financial firms There is little actual fundamental evidence that these themes are going away and in […]

Building a Better Barclays?


Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Building a Better Barclays? Right at the top of today’s results statement, the new CEO Anthony Jenkins is laying out his position: “The behaviours which made headlines during the year stemmed from a period of 20 years in banking in which […]



Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

RBS RBS has announced it is in late stage settlement discussions with regulators and a final deal on rigging LIBOR is expected imminently.  The fine and firings have been expected for weeks and I am told the sticking point has been […]

The Consequences of Skinny Dipping


Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

“Only when the tide goes out, do you discover who’s been swimming naked” Warren Buffett. (and what we are discovering is that skinny dipping was particularly popular in the  boom times). Companies and not just banks are now paying the cost of past greed and […]

Osborne on Banks…


Monday, February 4th, 2013

Osborne on Banks… In Bournemouth later, George Osborne will announce plans to “electrify” the ring fence between “casino like” investment banking and “safe” retail banking. Millions of words will be written about his speech and so I will restrict myself […]

Europe’s banks are safe now?


Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

“The ECB has gone from explicitly funding European banks to implicitly funding their governments.”  Today sees 218 banks repay E137bn of emergency funding back to the ECB.  It is the first chance that financial institutions in the Euro system can give back any of […]