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Start-ups spur new breed of analyst
©Dreamstime The need for research on start-ups has grown as more money flows into big fundraising rounds As Silicon Valley’s biggest start-ups stay private for longer than ever before, there is a new face on the block that is becoming an increasingly familiar sight: the research analyst. In an... Read more
Amundi names new head of $9bn smart beta division
Amundi Bruno Taillardat has joined Amundi Amundi, which manages about €1 trillion, confirmed in a statement on September 5 that it had hired Bruno Taillardat to oversee the growth of its smart beta strategies. He will be based in Paris and report to Laurent Trottier, global head of exchange-traded... Read more
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. spies get snarky at China on Twitter
A screenshot of the DIA’s Twitter page. WASHINGTON — Whoever had the Labor Day weekend shift on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Twitter account may have been feeling a little punchy. On Saturday afternoon the “verified” account, which has 83,400 followers, likely including foreign spies, sent a pointed and... Read more
Bruton criticises Brussels for Apple tax
©Reuters John Bruton, Ireland’s former prime minister, has sharply criticised the European Commission’s move to force Apple to pay €13bn of tax, saying it undermined his country’s 50-year effort to create a predictable investment climate. “Retrospective taxation and retro-criminalisation is entirely contrary to the rule of law,” he said... Read more
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