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Top of the market of the (London housing) market? - part 7

Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 12:00 am

Friends, readers and contacts who know me well know that I called the London property market right in 2007 (the last top) but ever since then I have called it wrong - as in, I still don't own a London residential property/house/flat.

So, for good reasons I have deliberately avoided prognosticating on what might happen with the London property market...

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That "own goal" gaffe

Thursday, 24 March 2016, 6:01 pm

Much of the mainstream business press dubbed Mike Ashley's comments to The Times earlier this week as an "own goal" by the maverick entrepreneur and owner of Newcastle United (I'm pretty sure I saw at least two headlines containing "own goal")...

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Praag-matic

Thursday, 17 March 2016, 12:46 am

Here's a curiosity - a quick look at the LSE / Deutsche Borse merger announcement shows that Lucas Van Praag has landed a rather juicy mandate as a PR advisor to the LSE on the £20 billion plus exchange tie-up...

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Mr Nobody

Thursday, 10 March 2016, 12:10 am

So, rival hacks and news organisations are mocking the FT's Burberry scoop on the Twittersphere following this morning's news from HSBC. Burberry shares are down about 7pc after the bank released a statement to the market that implies it's not holding a stake on behalf of a mystery investor looking to make a takeover bid. Here is the link:..

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An aspiring stockbroker hires...

Saturday, 5 March 2016, 9:07 pm

Here is a rare piece of upbeat news for the City of London's stockbroking industry - I understand Zeus Capital has just hired Rob Collins as head of natural resources...

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Mounties pension fund said to be sniffing around BBA Aviation - part 2

Friday, 4 March 2016, 7:25 pm

A rather nice person familiar with the matter has been in touch to point out that BBA Aviation's shares are only down about 20pc over the last twelve months if you take in the account the 6 for 5 rights issue that took place last September/October. Happy to set the record straight.

Here are the details of the rights issue:..

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Mounties pension fund said to be sniffing around BBA Aviation

Friday, 4 March 2016, 6:49 am

PSP Investments has been circling BBA Aviation.

Good sources tell me PSP, a massive Canadian pension fund that looks after money for the Canadian mounted police, is in the early stages of examining a purchase of BBA Aviation.

I also understand PSP has been talking to potential partners in recent weeks about forming a consortium to buy BBA Aviation, which is listed in the FTSE 250 index...

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