Global regulators launch inquiry into leveraged loans

Date published: 07 March 2019

Sam Fleming in Washington

Link To FT.com: https://www.ft.com/content/2cb614ee-4067-11e9-b896-fe36ec32aece

The Financial Stability Board, a top global rulemaker, has launched an examination of parts of the $1.4tn leveraged loan market, as officials intensify scrutiny into potential financial stability risks surrounding corporate debt.

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For stocks, it’s corporate buying that really matters

Date published: 19 February 2019

John Plender

Link To FT.com: https://www.ft.com/content/d6ec0bb8-343b-11e9-bb0c-42459962a812

We know that changes in the household sector balance sheet, particularly in relation to the balance between savings and consumption, matter greatly for the real economy. That said, what is unusual at present is that the exposure of US household balance sheets to the stock market is running at record levels. This is an under-acknowledged part of the explanation for the recent weakening of economic data and especially the spectacular decline in retail sales.

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‘We need to rethink conventional wisdom about pay’

Date published: 14 February 2019

Madison Darbyshire

When Labour’s John McDonnell called for greater worker representation late last year as a way to curb top executive pay, the UK’s shadow chancellor appeared to hit a nerve.

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Virgin Trains USA halts plans for initial public offering

Date published: 12 February 2019

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Mark Vandevelde in New York

Virgin Trains USA has abruptly halted its plans for an initial public offering, days away from the end of an investor roadshow that it hoped would raise $510m to expand its nascent passenger rail service and value the lossmaking business at $3bn.

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Brexit-blemished UK assets look cheap — but investors are wary

Date published: 01 February 2019

Laurence Fletcher

Fund managers seem unanimous: sterling and UK stocks look cheap. But many are so perplexed by the political wrangling over the UK’s exit from the EU, that they are finding it hard to pluck up the courage to buy.

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Asset managers count the cost of the big squeeze on fees

Date published: 01 February 2019

Richard Henderson and Robin Wigglesworth

If investors in asset managers were hoping for some relief this week, they did not get it. A string of lacklustre results from some of the world’s biggest asset-management firms highlighted the big squeeze on fees across the $89tn investment industry.

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‘Quiet diplomacy’ the weapon of choice for passive funds

Date published: 15 October 2018

Chris Flood

Archbishop Justin Welby’s attack on Amazon’s tax affairs in September prompted a torrent of criticism after it emerged the Church of England’s pension fund holds shares in the online retailer.

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Investment heavyweights revealed as UK’s most rebellious fund managers

Date published: 06 October 2018

Attracta Mooney

BlackRock, Legal & General Investment Management, Aviva Investors and UBS Asset Management have emerged as the biggest scourge of British directors.

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Global M&A activity hits new high; A surge in dealmaking, but fees are down; Buyout shops take aim at public companies; Chinese IPOs hit multiyear high

Date published: 28 September 2018

Eric Platt in New York and FT reporters

A set of stories on global investment activity

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Investment winners and losers 10 years after the crash

Date published: 14 September 2018

Kate Beioley

This week marked 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a global financial meltdown and changed the landscape for investors. But which investments have performed strongest since the financial crisis?

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UK facing ‘crisis of capitalism’, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Date published: 08 September 2018

George Parker, Political Editor


Executive pay and unrepentant bankers symptoms of system; Bankers still have sense of ‘cultural entitlement’; Growing public anger is fuelling extremism

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