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  1. FT Alphaville

    July 23, 2014

    ‘The Age of Asset Management' -- less risk, not more

    This guest post, from Brian Reid, chief economist of the Investment Company Institute, is a response to this speech in April...

  2. June 10, 2014

    Better life for insurers as pensions megadeals take off

    Another month, another pensions insurance megadeal. Total this week unveiled an agreement to insure three-fifths of its...

  1. May 6, 2014

    Drug companies are built in labs, not boardrooms

    For most of the 20th century ICI was Britain’s leading industrial company. It was formed in 1926 through the merger of four...

  2. November 22, 2013

    Small-cap Week, November 23

    Applied Graphene Materials was the star performer among the small-caps this week, with the Durham University spinout more...

  3. October 9, 2013

    High cost of gas forces Tata Chemicals to shut Northwich plant

    An Indian-owned chemicals factory in Cheshire is to close, citing the high cost of gas, with the loss of 220 jobs. Tata...

  4. September 22, 2013

    Movers & shakers: September 23

    ● Pieter Dalderop has moved to Schroders as head of institutional clients, Benelux, from Royal Bank of Scotland. ● Heath...

  5. August 21, 2013

    UK trade: One-way traffic

    We built the world,” it says in faded white paint on a brick wall. “Every metropolis came from Ironopolis.” So reads a...

  6. August 1, 2013

    Rentokil Initial’s Brown to step down as chief executive

    The chief executive of Rentokil Initial is leaving the FTSE 250 group after a five-year reign that included the sale of its...

  7. July 23, 2013

    SOS from an SAS man amid Threadneedle St Taliban

    Andy McStab, elite soldier, reports from the macroprudential battle front. Day One: Choppered in-theatre at 10.00 hours....

  8. FT Alphaville

    May 28, 2013

    Taper bomb-proofing

    If or when the Fed starts to taper, where will the pain land first? Barclays analysts Guillermo Felices, Michael Gapen and...

  9. March 18, 2013

    Soriot’s bitter pill for chancellor

    A Frenchman has given George Osborne a bitter pill to swallow on the eve of his Budget this week, with the decision by...

  10. March 18, 2013

    A bitter pill for Osborne’s constituency

    George Osborne has been given a bitter pill to swallow on the eve of his Budget with the decision by AstraZeneca to cut...

  11. March 1, 2013

    A reversal for the great railway robbery

    This week Bruce Reynolds, supposed mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, Britain’s most resonant non-murderous crime of the...

  12. February 25, 2013

    TNT Express appoints new chief

    TNT Express has appointed a new chief executive as the Dutch delivery company seeks to chart a new course after its failed...

  13. February 20, 2013

    Akzo Nobel: painting by numbers

    Shareholders in Akzo Nobel certainly own a bit of history. The combined operations of Alfred Nobel, the Courtaulds paints...

  14. FT Long Short

    January 29, 2013

    Rotate It All About

    Has the Great Rotation already started? A couple of startling data points from the last month, covering treasury yields and...

  15. December 16, 2012

    Akzo Nobel – paint job

    Talk about a man in a hurry. Ton Büchner became chief executive of Akzo Nobel in April. Since then he has replaced the heads...

  16. October 21, 2012

    SOG rides on success in Runcorn

    A pioneering science park on a former ICI research centre in Runcorn has become a model for how to retain and attract...

  17. October 18, 2012

    China fears take toll on luxury groups

    Worries about demand for luxury goods in China knocked sentiment towards the sector in Europe on Thursday, even as growth...

  18. August 14, 2012

    Ensus bio-refinery to resume production

    Europe’s largest bio-refinery, the £300m Ensus plant on Teesside, is to resume production following a 15-month shutdown....

  19. August 12, 2012

    Retail investors have had their confidence battered

    One of the remarkable things about watching the US stock market used to be the displays of resilience by retail investors....

  20. April 26, 2012

    Simon Lowth, interim CEO AstraZeneca

    Simon Lowth’s appointment as interim chief executive of AstraZeneca puts him in a strong position as the long-term successor...

  21. April 9, 2012

    AstraZeneca chief in need of a tonic

    When David Brennan won the race to become chief executive of AstraZeneca six years ago, he joked to a colleague who had come...

  22. February 23, 2012

    Artistic licence at work

    David Poole refuses to be interviewed before being selected for a commission. “I’m 80,” he says. “I’m not starting a career,...

  23. February 9, 2012

    Army officer training sees ideas turning into action

    Achance encounter with a retired army major on a trip to Spain first made Sean Farrington aware of the possibilities of a...

  24. January 20, 2012

    US mutual funds see inflows of $11bn

    A bullish beginning of the year has sparked the biggest move of cash into mutual funds in nearly two years. US mutual funds...

  25. January 3, 2012

    Asset managers hope 2012 will be brighter

    “Let’s hope for a better 2012,” said the head of one of the world’s biggest bank-owned asset managers as Christmas loomed....

  26. November 20, 2011

    Waters attacks Volcker rule

    The Volcker rule, designed to prevent US banks from engaging in proprietary trading, could have a “more shocking impact” on...

  27. November 6, 2011

    Global voice for fund managers clears its throat

    Amid the clamour of politicians demanding wholesale reform of the financial system and bankers shouting that such reform...

  28. FT Alphaville

    October 31, 2011

    Through the looking glass, (another) markets edition

    Several commentators have in recent days drawn attention to the extremely overbought market. Cullen Roche at Pragmatic...

  29. October 28, 2011

    20 questions: Paul Drechsler

    Born in Ireland and with a degree in engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Paul Drechsler was the first non-family member...

  30. October 10, 2011

    Trade body for global issues launched

    Dan Waters is to head ICI Global, a new trade body launched on Monday by the Investment Company Institute in Washington to...

  31. September 18, 2011

    Cheshire companies seek to drive growth

    Businesses in Cheshire, seen for years as an upmarket dormitory for the professional workers of Manchester and Liverpool,...

  32. September 15, 2011

    Chemicals: From salt and silver to golden investment

    Historic company names may have come and gone – twice in one case – and businesses may have endured as much transformation...

  33. September 15, 2011

    Economy: Industry leaves legacy of skills for today’s investors to exploit

    The downturn that hit the UK high street has not been felt in Alderley Edge. Jeeves of Belgravia, the garment-care...

  34. September 15, 2011

    Foreign investment: Indian companies blaze trail across the county

    When Britons are asked by pollsters about Cheshire, they think of historic Chester and the popular crumbly Cheshire cheese....

  35. September 15, 2011

    Look beyond pretty dormitories for serious local enterprise

    Cheshire has always had a bit of a racy reputation. “Cheshire jet set” was an epithet my cricket-club colleagues, just over...

  36. September 12, 2011

    Institutional investors air HFT concerns

    More than two-thirds of traders at asset management firms around the world are worried about the impact of high-frequency...

  37. September 4, 2011

    Renewable energy sector powers Teesside

    On a tour of Teesside last week, a delegation of Indian chemicals industrialists paused to look at a 140-acre site at Wilton...

  38. July 7, 2011

    AkzoNobel to build £100m plant in the UK

    AkzoNobel, the Dutch paint and coatings company, will build a £100m ($160m) state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in...

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