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CoCos; Trump; Bitcoin; negative interest rates; and more.

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Taking the block out of blockchain…

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:44am

There's been so much adaptation in blockchain design, it's almost rude to keep calling these systems blockchains.

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FT Opening Quote – Thomas Cook suffers Spanish price war, Budget day, Whitman to quit HP

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 3:05am

Thomas Cook, the FTSE 250 tour operator, has been offering so called Black Friday discounts a few days early, according to tabloid newspaper bargain hunters, writes Matthew Vincent. And, given every Friday from now until May is forecast to be largely black from 3:00pm to the following 2.55pm, one can see the appeal of £200 off a sunshine break. But such early price cutting is normally a warning sign, according to broadsheet newspaper profit-warning hunters. So does it mean red ink, rather than black, for the company?

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Further reading

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:45am

Artificial intelligence; house prices; magic in water utilities; obnoxious tech CEOs; and more

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Time for Warren Buffett to switch up his drink of choice?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:07pm

Maybe just add a Pepsi into the rotation? Doesn't need to be diet or anything.

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Guest post: Getting to Eurobonds by reforming the ESM

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:30am

In this guest post, Marcello Minenna, the head of Quantitative Analysis and Financial Innovation at Consob, the Italian securities regulator, argues that reforms to the European Stability Mechanism can pave the way for Eurobonds. The views expressed here are his personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of Consob.

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FT Opening Quote – easyJet’s last call for McCall

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:05am

EasyJet boss Dame Carolyn McCall is presenting her last set of annual results this morning – before she leaves the budget airline for broadcaster ITV, writes Matthew Vincent. So this is the last time she will have to endure aeronautical puns and metaphors in every single report of the company’s numbers. That said, with some reports suggesting she’s heading to the departure gate with £5m in salary and shares, she may not mind that at all. So, Opening Quote is happy to offer both treatments/(final) approaches.

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Further reading

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:30am

Disappearing crypto funds; Amazon as a members club; Analysing that German meltdown; plus much, much more...

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Spending small on artificial intelligence

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:42am

The UK government is throwing some pocket change at artificial intelligence

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FT Opening Quote – William Hill books 30% US growth

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:03am

Bookmaker William Hill is fancied to extend a recent run of good results, writes Matthew Vincent. Analysts at Investec reckon the FTSE 250 group’s low level of hedging on the recent boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will have helped it to outperform rival Ladbrokes Coral.

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Further reading

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:37am

Inflation; uncertainty; ICO scams; artificial intelligence; and more.

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Thought for the weekend

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:00pm

A Russian troll under every bed...

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The life and speeches of Sadie Alexander

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:07pm

In this episode of Alphachat, Cardiff Garcia talks with professors Nina Banks and Darrick Hamilton about the legacy of the first African-American economist.

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On the (non) viability of start-up islands

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:34am

It's tough being an anarchic independent state with more costs than income

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Here’s what we learned from ordering 213 curries at Wetherspoons

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:35am

Also: 4.7 gallons of Italian lager, 75 kilogrammes of hamburgers and enough Pornstar Martini to fell a rhinoceros on its hen night.

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