The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

UK governance code fails at BP and Prudential

June 3, 2010

(Republished on Oct. 19 with the following disclaimer: Neil Collins owned shares in BP when he wrote this article; he bought shares shortly before and after)

from UK News:

Are you losing faith in climate science?

February 26, 2010

climatechangeWhile attending a meeting of prominent climate sceptics during the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December (an anti-COP15, if you will), I listened to each of the speakers put forward their theory on why conventional evidence on the primary causes of climate change should be dismissed as, for lack of a better phrase, complete hokum.

Politicians need to get a grip on what matters

January 15, 2010

Ali SteedAlison Steed is editor and co-founder of the personal finance website for women The opinions expressed are her own.-

SUDS a partial solution to flooding in Britain

November 25, 2009

BRITAIN/-Susanne Charlesworth is a member of SUDS – Sustainable Drainage Applied Research Group, Coventry University. The opinions expressed are her own.-

Considering defined contribution pension pros and cons

November 24, 2009

damian-stancombe1-Damian Stancombe is head of Corporate Defined Contribution Pensions at Punter Southall Group. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Breakingviews:

Contingent capital and the black horse’s head

November 3, 2009

Lloyds seems to be taking a leaf out of Vito Corleone's book: if you need someone to do something that they don't want to, you have to make them an offer they can't refuse. For the mafia boss in The Godfather, that meant decapitating a horse. For Lloyds, the UK bank whose logo is a black horse, it means threatening to cut off interest payments on your own debt.

from Commentaries:

Give your favourite UK NED the nod

September 14, 2009

FILM-OSCARS/Non-executive directors -- particularly at certain British banks -- are not exactly flavour of the month.

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. –

PIMCO avoids UK, U.S. printing presses

July 20, 2009

REUTERS— Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are her own —

One of the challenges for bond investors over the coming years is how to deal with the enormous ballooning of government debt that is happening as a result of the credit crisis.

Osborne right on UK debt addiction

July 6, 2009

REUTERS— Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own —