INSIGHT

Exposing investing costs

“No good reasons have been put forward for why all the costs of investment management, both visible and hidden, should not ultimately be fully disclosed”.

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Private equity refinancing

Reuters reports that private equity owned companies face difficulties refinancing billions of dollars of existing buyout loans and raising extra debt for acquisitions.

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Snapshot: Ukraine

The urban slang term “to be corzined” can be defined roughly as follows:

When something of value is stolen, and everyone who was in charge of safeguarding said item claims ignorance of just about anything.

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Phones4U evaporates

It is rare that an established and profitable business goes into administration. The Phones4U story is significant, not just locally, but because of what it reveals about management, finance and investing.

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The doldrums

The summer saw markets extend the pre-existing moribund state into out and out docility. There is a growing acceptance among financial institutions that central banks will apply the sedative of monetary policy should any instability emerge.

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Snapshot: Russia

Gazprom earned $32bn last year and is the largest extractor of natural gas in the world. In a world of overpriced companies it looks startlingly cheap trading at just 2.7x earnings.

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Mexican bandit

The Economist highlighted that Basilio Gonzalez is an “unusually well paid civil servant”. He earns $213,000 a year, which is not bad for a 70 year old. What catches the eye is that his job is President of the National Minimum Salary Commission.

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Fiji water

The environmental impact of extended supply chains is increasingly coming under scrutiny. Mark Johnson of Warwick Business School analysed the supply chain of the number one US importer of bottled water: Fiji water.

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Housing – the invisibubble

Housing prices up by 9.9%” ONS.
“How Help to Buy helped to fuel London’s property bubble” Daily Telegraph.
“The average annual gain over the next five years will be around six per cent” Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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