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Confidence in FSA falls sharply

Fewer than a fifth of banks, brokers and insurers believe the Financial Services Authority responded effectively to the banking crisis, a comprehensive industry survey has found.

9 2011 | Viewed: 474 | Analytics | Read full
ArcelorMittals profit margins under scrutiny

Trying hard, could do better. This is how a schoolmaster might mark Lakshmi Mittal's report card as the steel magnate attempts to restore ArcelorMittal's profit margins to something that resembles the stellar figures it turned in prior to the financial crisis.

9 2011 | Viewed: 567 | Analytics | Read full
Steel price forecast to rise by up to two-thirds

Steel prices are set to jump by up to 66 per cent this year, top executives and analysts have said, a burst of inflation on a scale the industry has suffered just once in the past 70 years.

25 2011 | Viewed: 587 | Analytics | Read full
Sovereign default remains top 2011 risk for WEF

The risk that parlous government finances will trigger sovereign debt defaults remains one of the biggest threats facing the world in 2011, according to the World Economic Forum.

14 2011 | Viewed: 550 | Analytics | Read full
Could the U.S. central bank go broke?

The U.S. Federal Reserve's journey to the outer limits of monetary policy is raising concerns about how hard it will be to withdraw trillions of dollars in stimulus from the banking system when the time is right.

13 2011 | Viewed: 487 | Analytics | Read full
Why I Don't Want an iPad for Christmas

Everyone wants an iPad this Christmas, right?

Apple's tablet computer is this year's hottest adult toy. Sales are booming. James Cordwell, an analyst at Atlantic Securities, expects the company to sell six million this quarter, half of them here in the U.S. It's driving the company toward what will probably be yet another blowout Christmas period.

24 2010 | Viewed: 802 | Analytics | Read full
From bagels to belt buckles: 2010s craziest taxes

What are the oddest, quirkiest and downright weirdest tax laws of 2010?

According to the Onesource Tax & Accounting unit of Thomson Reuters, some of the year's most unusual taxes include.

24 2010 | Viewed: 541 | Analytics | Read full
China provinces to be bigger than Russia

Shanghai and Beijing are often used as shorthand for Chinese growth. Yet as a 250-page report by HSBC Global Research argues, the country's economic miracle has not been confined to the megacities.

10 2010 | Viewed: 529 | Analytics | Read full
Fed reveals it lent billions to hedge funds during crisis

The US Federal Reserve lent billions of dollars to hedge funds as part of its emergency liquidity programme during the financial crisis, data released by the central bank show.

4 2010 | Viewed: 557 | Analytics | Read full
Chinas gold imports surge fivefold

Gold imports into China have soared this year, turning the country, already the largest bullion miner, into a major overseas buyer for the first time in recent memory.

4 2010 | Viewed: 564 | Analytics | Read full
Analysis: Rare-earth surge is wake-up call for industrials

(Reuters) - As China clamps down on its exports of rare earth, makers of batteries, wind turbines and other products are looking for ways to redesign them to use less of the increasingly costly materials.

23 2010 | Viewed: 523 | Analytics | Read full
Is there a way out of the currency war?

Competitive devaluation is no longer a possible danger - it is already here.

30 2010 | Viewed: 516 | Analytics | Read full
Russia retail: Time to invest?

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT

Russia's biggest grocer X5 expects the market to recover next year and is mulling some big acquisitions. Will it have to do battle with America's Wal-Mart?

5 2010 | Viewed: 618 | Analytics | Read full
Currencies clash in new age of beggar-my-neighbour

"We're in the midst of an international currency war, a general weakening of currency. This threatens us because it takes away our competitiveness." This complaint by Guido Mantega, Brazil's finance minister, is entirely understandable.

5 2010 | Viewed: 570 | Analytics | Read full
Analysis: Will TARP hatred give way to revisionist history?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may have staved off a financial system meltdown, but the U.S. Treasury's $700 billion bailout program is so reviled by the public that its distaste may rub off on incumbent Democrats in November elections.

5 2010 | Viewed: 484 | Analytics | Read full
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