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Dear FN100 Women – have we lost touch?
RED Photographic Last year’s FN100 Women dinner Financial News is planning a very special event in late autumn to celebrate the 10th year we have compiled our list of 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance. We’d like to invite all the women who’ve ever featured on the list... Read more
Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: Why the father of the self-driving car left Google
One might think that Sebastian Thrun, known in Silicon Valley as the father of the self-driving car, would be questioning his move away from the technology as autonomous cars become more than a pie-in-the-sky dream. “‘You had the coolest job on the planet, why are you doing this?’” Thrun... Read more
HP Enterprise eyes sale of software unit
©Bloomberg Hewlett Packard Enterprise is seeking to put the disastrous $11bn acquisition of UK software company Autonomy behind it for good as part of a plan to shed its entire software division, according to people familiar with its plans. The US information technology group hopes to raise $8bn-$10bn from... Read more
Meet the ex-soldier in step with his clients at Kames Capital
Back in 2012, investment bankers dreaming of a global recovery predicted markets would see a Great Rotation from bonds to equities. Martin Davis, chief executive Kames Capital, was not impressed with the argument then. And he is not impressed now. Davis: ‘My philosophy is to get it right, and... Read more
Market Extra: Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ rears up as Brexit vote approaches
AFP/Getty Images The VIX is rearing up as Brexit nears. The market’s so-called fear index has gathered momentum ahead of a referendum that could help determine the U.K.’s continued membership in the European Union. The vote scheduled for Thursday has become one of the financial world’s sharpest points... Read more
Pound hits year’s high as Brexit polls tilt
©Bloomberg Sterling climbed to its highest level of the year on Thursday morning in Asia after two polls indicated that the odds had tilted in favour of the UK’s Remain campaign hours before Britons head to the polls in the referendum on the country’s membership of the EU. The... Read more
USS: On the fast track to in-house expertise
The UK’s biggest pension scheme wants savers for the new pensions it is introducing to benefit from two philosophies in which it has faith – do-it-yourself and diversification. The Universities Superannuation Scheme does more DIY than any other UK scheme – 70% of its £49 billion in assets are... Read more
Capitol Report: Sit-in by House Democrats over gun laws holds up Congress
C-SPAN Democrats gather to protest the lack of a vote on a gun-control measure. Democrats on Wednesday staged a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives over a lack of gun laws following the Orlando massacre. The House was put into recess as lawmakers started sitting... Read more
Yangon high-rise halt rattles business
©AFP The new civilian rulers of Myanmar’s commercial capital have slammed the brakes on a high-rise construction boom, in a sign of changed priorities and business uncertainty. Property developers have warned of lay-offs and cut pay after the Yangon authorities brought a halt to work on many of the... Read more
Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China
How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in the domestic Chinese market. Which is really the sensible view, given that WeChat Pay was already seeing some $50 billion in monthly transaction volume... Read more