Monthly Archives: November 2013

Efforts to restore historic buildings to their original splendour tell us as much about today’s tastes as they do about yesterday’s

 

Sterling has rallied on the Bank of England’s announcement that it no longer sees a need to subsidise mortgage lending. Valentin Marinov, strategist at Citigroup, joins currencies correspondent Delphine Strauss to discuss whether this amounts to a tightening of monetary policy. Also, what should investors expect from next week’s ECB meeting; and how will the Swedish krona perform as the central bank steps up its fight against deflation?

 

Price comparison websites are to be investigated by the City regulator. Four big investment ideas from some of the country’s most eminent economists. And as Royal Mail issues its first results after flotation, we get the latest views on the shares.

 

The United States and European Union are clearly delighted with the historic nuclear deal struck with Iran in Geneva last week, but some key US allies in the region, notably Israel and Saudi Arabia are not happy. John Reed, Jerusalem correspondent, James Blitz, defence and security editor and Siona Jenkins, Middle East news editor, join Gideon Rachman to discuss how the agreement will affect the balance of power in the region

 

Lucy Kellaway says to eradicate those truly unsuited to office we need random checks on their level of knowledge

 

Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sharlene Goff to discuss RBS’ attitudes towards small businesses, including allegations that the bank has run SMEs into the ground for its own gain. Financial regulation correspondent Sam Fleming looks at the Fed’s stance on negative interest rates and what this could mean for commercial banks’ portfolios, and Daniel Schafer unpicks the curious case of the JPMorgan dinner at Buckingham Palace.

 

Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sharlene Goff to discuss RBS’ attitudes towards small businesses, including allegations that the bank has run SMEs into the ground for its own gain. Financial regulation correspondent Sam Fleming looks at the Fed’s stance on negative interest rates and what this could mean for commercial banks’ portfolios, and Daniel Schafer unpicks the curious case of the JPMorgan dinner at Buckingham Palace.

 

The French conceptualist’s exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is a sense-scrambling rethink of the relationship between art and the environment in which it appears

 

With investors alert to any hint of further action from the ECB, Delphine Strauss is joined by Steven Saywell, foreign currency strategist at BNP Paribas, to discuss the outlook for the euro, the effects of Japanese pension fund reform – and the implications of stalling growth in China’s vast foreign exchange reserves

 

95 per cent mortgages return, with or without a government guarantee. Shareholder perks – nice to have, but how valuable are they? And how to avoid so-called “boiler room” scams.