Nikkei up on window dressing, yen clouds outlook

Nikkei up on window dressing, yen clouds outlook

The Nikkei average clawed up 0.7 percent on Wednesday on window-dressing before the end of Japan’s financial first half, but it pared earlier gains as the yen’s strength revived and resistance held strong. An additional boost came from a poor December outlook in the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” survey of business sentiment, which some market […]
Lloyd’s of London profit halves on record claims

Lloyd’s of London profit halves on record claims

The Lloyd’s of London insurance market revealed that record claims from disasters including the Chilean earthquake and US oil spill halved its profits, and said it saw no respite from a steady decline in prices. Lloyd’s, which traces its origins back 322 years to a London coffee house where wealthy merchants insured ships, has posted […]
Europe in $2.5trn pensions shortfall

Europe in $2.5trn pensions shortfall

European workers have put aside $2.5trn less than they need to fund their retirement, condemning many to a penurious old age unless they start saving more, British insurer Aviva said. The shortfall is equivalent to one-fifth of the EU’s annual economic output and reflects savings habits that have failed to keep pace with lengthening lifespans, […]
EU to include commodities in new markets rules

EU to include commodities in new markets rules

The European Commission has said it intends to use a its plan to reform financial markets to rein in speculation on commodities markets, notably by reinforcing controls and extend the market abuse legislation. The European Commissioner in charge of financial reform services Michel Barnier made the announcement in the opening speech of a conference on […]
France takes dig at PE, hedge funds

France takes dig at PE, hedge funds

In a week in which French president Nicolas Sarkozy defended his country’s treatment and exportation of a substantial number of dislocated Romas, the same government has stirred controversy within the world of alternative investment. And much like the emigration situation, there are those comparing the Sarkozy administration’s attitude toward the proposed legislation as archaic and […]
Iran CB to open accounts at South Korean banks

Iran CB to open accounts at South Korean banks

Iran’s central bank has agreed to open won accounts at two South Korean state-owned banks to avert disruption in bilateral trade despite international sanctions, Seoul’s finance ministry has announced. The Iranian central bank plans to open the accounts with the Industrial Bank of Korea and Woori Bank by the end of this month so that […]
Potash working on China-led buyout to top BHP

Potash working on China-led buyout to top BHP

Potash Corp is trying to stitch together a consortium led by China to back a management buyout to trump BHP Billiton’s $38.6bn hostile offer, according to the Globe and Mail. Potash Corp has said ever since BHP launched its bid nearly a month ago that it was working to find a white knight, and worries […]
Economic strength, political timetable behind yuan rise

Economic strength, political timetable behind yuan rise

At times like this, both can claim to have right on their side. The yuan’s rise against the dollar on September 14 to the highest level since it was revalued in July 2005 comes on the heels of another bumper trade surplus, which central bank deputy governor Hu Xiaolian recently identified as a major determinant […]
German central banker in race row resigns

German central banker in race row resigns

A German central bank board member who caused outrage with remarks about Muslim immigrants and Jews has resigned after coming under pressure from political leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Bundesbank said Thilo Sarrazin, 65, who accused Turks and Arabs of exploiting the welfare state, refusing to integrate and lowering the average intelligence, would leave […]
US trade gap narrows more than expected in July

US trade gap narrows more than expected in July

The US trade deficit narrowed more than expected in July, as imports retreated and exports shot to their highest since August 2008, according to a government report that could lift hopes for third-quarter economic growth. The monthly trade deficit shrank 14 percent to $42.8bn, which was smaller than the mid-point forecast of $47.3bn from economists […]