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Thursday, 23 February 2017

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Valentine’s Day massacre

IFR 2171 18 February to 24 February 2017

When Aston Villa were thrashed 6-0 at home by Liverpool on Valentine’s Day last year, the club’s then-manager Remi Garde apologised unreservedly for the loss.

Taking liberties

IFR 2171 18 February to 24 February 2017

It’s one of the most fundamental rules of the bond market: if you want to make significant changes to documents, you have to get permission from the bondholders and pay them a fee.

All Upfront

IFR Contributors

Keith Mullin 475px June 2014

Strategy and the vagaries of markets

IFR 2168 28 January to 3 February 2017

THERE WAS A lot of chatter on the back of UBS’s fourth-quarter and full-year results around whether the strategy adopted by Sergio Ermotti, to scale back fixed-income and push wealth management to the fore with a smaller equities-led investment bank, has wrong-footed the group vis-à-vis its ability to take full advantage of market conditions that prevailed in the fourth quarter as well as potential evolving market conditions.

Jonathan Rogers

The risks of a post-truth world

IFR 2167 21 January to 27 January 2017

PRECISELY HOW DOES one navigate through the “post-truth” world? Readers of this column are probably familiar with Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016, defined by their selection committee as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

Anthony Peters columnist format

Economics 1, politics 0

03 February 2017

Although politics and economics are clearly still at war with each other, it looks as though economics might have gained the upper hand, at least for a brief period. 

European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters

ECB - Unchanged script despite forecast-busting flash PMIs

21 February 2017

The flash PMI readings from Germany and France for February have come in sharply above forecasts, leading the overall eurozone PMI to also surprise to the upside.