Sunday 8 April 2007

Easter Business Round up

Happy Easter all. Hope that you are enjoying the day and not just devising to many different ways of killing the in-laws.

Anyway, for those who just have to escape, here is a round up of the top business headlines from the media for this weekend:

An excellent start here from the Telegraph - this story about the insanity of the £20 billion rail subsidies is a cracker.

The irrational exuberance of the market is driven by Merger and Acquisition rumours alone - according to the Telegraph. I have some sympathy with this as underlying macroeconomic trends are so weak.

Private Equity bid for Sainsbury's on hold
- not so surprising, where is the quick return in a well run business?

Ethnic workers earn more in the public sector
- A fine combination of political correctness at its best.

Pensions - a nice summary of future issues by The Observer.

Revealed: How Gordon Brown has cost you £100,000 - great headline in the Indy.

More M&A activity - get your share portfolio's out, more possible activity in the airline sector.

The Indy explains why rates were held at 5.5% this month - not a bad summary.

Private Healthcare in crisis?
- Bupa to sell its hospitals...

ITV complains at BBC mobile offering - Yet again, the public subsidy broadcaster is try to control a nascent market.

That's all folks.


Anonymous said...

... where do I start?

CityUnslicker said...

what do you want to discuss Mutley. My favourite was the nonsense about ethnic workers...

James Higham said...

Private Equity bid for Sainsbury's on hold - not so surprising, where is the quick return in a well run business?

What's your feeling about Private Equity - are they ravening wolves or legit businessmen?

Anonymous said...

Thank you again. This is the best article I have read on pensions. You are welcome to have a guest post to write on my blog on this subject if you wish as it is your specialised area:

Anonymous said...

Yes, the CRE have shown their true colours now. They welcome the news of pay inequalities because it affects white workers.

Then they wonder why people vote BNP.

Anonymous said...

Yep the drivel on minorities -oh dear we are back there again.

James Higham said...

What's your feeling about Private Equity - are they ravening wolves or legit businessmen?

CityUnslicker said...

Ellee - thankyou for this kind offer, I'll be in touch.

SL- Yup, the multiculturalist agenda is now so confused it has become a parody of itself.

MD - I think we may be here some time!

CityUnslicker said...

JH - Definitely carpet baggers. Tell me who benefits from PE take-overs? Do prices go down? Do more people get jobs? Do previous shareholders do well?

All in all, no. Shareholders get a raw deal as hedge funds and others pile in at the end. if the co does better in private hands, then why should the shareholders have sold? They are often mis-sold but perhaps Sainsbury's shows they are learning.

Beyond financial engineering I do not see what PE really has to offer.

There is nothing illegal or wrong with this from a capitalist point of view. I don't want PE regulated away; but I have no love for it either and will be glad when the buzz dies down again for a decade or so. Public companies are more democratic, PE can help to concentrate money and therefore power in the hands of the few...

what do you think JH?

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