The Great Debate UK

from MacroScope:

Brit Euro Shock Horror: Part II

March 16, 2010

A week ago we ran a post on MacroScope noting, in part, that Britons have a strange relationship with the euro, sometimes bordering on disbelief that it exists at all. Some new numbers from the monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund managers poll underline the extent of UK scepticism compared with that of others.

from Global News Journal:

Does Greece really deserve such a market pummelling?

February 3, 2010

So there's no question Greece has work to do to improve its bookkeeping.

Not only must it get spending in check,  but it needs to be a bit more honest about where its finances stand in the first place. After all, it's not often an EU country says one month that its budget deficit is a little over three percent of GDP and admits a few weeks later that, oh dear, it's actually nearer 13 percent.

Re-entry dilemma for G20 ministers

September 2, 2009

copeland1- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from Commentaries:

Take the L out of LBO

August 31, 2009

In a perfect world, we would simply ban leveraged buyouts. The vast majority of these debt-laden corporate takeovers are no less predatory and value-destroying to a company than a loan shark who charges usurious rates of interest.

from Commentaries:

Anglo American clears more clutter

August 12, 2009

CHILE-CODELCO/ANGLOAMERICANJohn Parker's appointment as chairman of Anglo American seems to be having the desired catalytic effect – even though the British businessman is barely through the door.

It may be junk but it’s cheap junk

May 14, 2009

REUTERS– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

Tuesday, May 12 was just another day in the twilight zone that is the market for bank debt and preference shares. As usual, that day’s dividends were paid on time, including the one due on Lloyds Banking Group 6.0884 percent preference shares.

The quantitative easing conundrum

May 13, 2009

adriankidd2- Adrian Kidd is financial planner at Unleash Advice. He was voted 50th Most Influential IFA in the UK by Professional Adviser magazine 2008. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Darling gambles with Britain’s credit

April 23, 2009

REUTERS– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. Christopher Fildes is a guest columnist. The opinions expressed are their own –

Deflation? It’s inflation you need to watch

March 25, 2009

– David Kuo is a director at the financial Web site The Motley Fool. The views expressed are his own. –

from The Great Debate:

U.S. and UK on brink of debt disaster

January 20, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

The United States and the United Kingdom stand on the brink of the largest debt crisis in history.