London Stock Exchange poised to reject £32bn Hong Kong bid

  The Hong Kong bourse’s audacious £32bn bid for the London Stock Exchange faces rejection amid doubts about political risk and deal structure, according to people briefed on the offer. The unsolicited bid on Wednesday from Hong Kong Exchanges and Cl...
  • September 12, 2019

Macro optimism can spur a faster rotation

  FT subscribers can click here to receive Market Forces every day by email. The interest rate, value, growth and momentum cogs are whirring as investors assess whether hopes of a brighter economic outlook, or confirmation that the worst of the globa...
  • September 11, 2019

More easing will make the world weaker rather than stronger

  Doctors know that any medicine can be a poison if administered to the wrong patient, at the wrong time or in the wrong dose. Similarly, economists recognise that there are serious side-effects from monetary stimulus. But few properly assess the mai...
  • September 11, 2019

Surge of inflows into US small-caps stirs hope for sector

  Bargain hunters have piled back into US small-cap stocks, taking advantage of their cheapest relative valuation to their large-cap peers in a decade and a half, as concerns about a recession ease. In the week ended September 6, investors poured $1....
  • September 11, 2019

Chile combats trade war with pledge for more open markets

  Chile, one of the world’s most open emerging markets, plans to respond to the global trade war by opening up still further and positioning itself as a regional financial centre, according to finance minister Felipe Larraín. Headwinds generated by t...
  • September 11, 2019

South Korea files WTO complaint over Japan trade restrictions

  South Korea has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Japanese trade restrictions, in the latest escalation of a dispute stemming from Japan’s colonial rule over Korea that has dented security and trade relations between the key ...
  • September 11, 2019

Brussels senses Johnson shift on Northern Ireland-only backstop

  Boris Johnson’s Brexit envoy arrives in Brussels for talks on Wednesday amid rising expectations in the EU that the beleaguered prime minister is preparing to shift his position in an attempt to broker a deal. David Frost will be pressed in Brussel...
  • September 10, 2019

EU trade nominee sends tough signal to Donald Trump

  Phil Hogan was tapped to be the EU’s next trade chief on Tuesday, and he wasted no time in signalling that he will be a tough customer for the Trump administration to deal with. “Obviously we are going to do everything we possibly can to get [Donal...
  • September 10, 2019

UK earnings growth speeds up to hit decade high

  The UK labour market showed resilience towards recent political uncertainty as wage growth accelerated to the fastest pace since mid-2008 and the unemployment rate dropped to a record low. In the three months to July, annual growth in average weekl...
  • September 10, 2019
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