The Companies and Markets show: Direct Line, platform proactivity, China
On this episode of the Companies and Markets show, Direct Line is under the spotlight after a stormy December (both literally and figuratively).
Then it's on to platform proactivity; is Fidelity right to have stopped investors from buying Jupiter UK Mid Cap on its platform? And will we see more of this as the FCA's new 'consumer duty' comes into force this summer?
Finally it's a discussion of the Chinese market, with companies such as Dell and HP potentially looking to move production away. How much is this about supply chains, how much is this about US pressure?
All this and more!
Dan Jones hosts Julian Hofmann, Mark Robinson, Val Cipriani and Alex Newman.
The Companies and Markets show: The collapse of SVB plus Budget reaction
On this episode of the Companies and Markets show, Dan Jones and co provide a full autopsy of the largest banking collapse since 2008, namely that of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). What happened, where are we now, and what are the implications going forward?Then it's on to reaction to Jeremy Hunt's first Budget as chancellor, with IC economist Hermione Taylor on hand to help make sense of it all.Finally, Jennifer Johnson joins the pod to break down her long read this week: Pharma's pricing problem. Dan Jones hosts Alex Newman, Julian Hofmann, Hermione Taylor, Mark Robinson and Jennifer Johnson.
The Companies and Markets show: Budget preview + London's shaky market
On this episode of the Companies and Markets Show, Dan Jones hosts a discussion on the fate of the London market. How can it hope to compete with a new age of US state subsidies? Next up is the Budget preview with IC economics expert Hermione Taylor. How can a "black hole" turn into a "windfall", according to chancellor Jeremy Hunt? And what will this mean in terms of announcements next week? Finally, Michael Fahy joins the pod to discuss his long read this week on buy-and-build M&A: M&A masters: the stocks successfully buying growth. Dan Jones hosts Alex Newman, Mark Robinson, Hermione Taylor and Michael Fahy.
IC Interviews: Stephen Yiu
Dave Baxter is joined by Stephen Yiu, lead manager of the popular but embattled Blue Whale Growth fund (GB00BD6PG787). They discuss recent shifts in the portfolio - from Yiu exiting many of the mega-cap US tech stocks to a newfound interest in the energy sector - and the thinking behind this. From Chatgpt to the metaverse, they also look at which technological advances might drive tomorrow's returns, and which might look less convincing.