Author Archives: Darren Marchal

EU leaders sanction Iranian oil and gas sector

The measures go substantially beyond the sanctions the UN agreed on June 10 and are designed to pressure Tehran to return to talks over an uranium enrichment programme Western powers believe is designed to produce nuclear weapons. The steps, which could come into force within weeks, will focus on trade, including dual-use items, banking and…

Scrapping, tough economy hit May Europe car sales

New passenger car sales fell 9.3 percent in May in the EU as the effects of government support for the car industry slipped away and the economic environment remained difficult, industry association ACEA have announced. Governments helped carmakers hit by the crisis last year with scrapping incentive schemes that boosted demand for new cars, but…

Resolution plans cash call to fund AXA deal

Acquisitions vehicle Resolution said it would fund its planned takeover of French insurer AXA’s British life operations by raising £2bn ($2.91bn) in a rights issue. The acquisition would cost a total of £2.75bn, Resolution said, adding that it hoped to announce a deal by the end of June. The company, founded by insurance tycoon Clive…

South Korean FX controls loom

South Korea’s government, alarmed by the wild swings of the won in turbulent markets, is close to slapping new controls on currency trading, though a news report that banks will get two years to comply calmed investors nerves. As Europe’s debt crisis unfolded, the won’s gyrations exceeded swings of most other currencies and officials in…

Germany, France press EU over ban on short selling

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have urged European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to consider an EU-wide ban on short selling of shares and state bonds. In a letter published by the German government on June 9, the pair said the Commission should step up efforts to introduce tougher controls for…

The age of the atom

One of the founding principles of traditional economic theory, is that when making economic decisions, we are independent. Like self-contained atoms in a gas, we only interact by bumping up against each other in the marketplace. In the 19th century, neoclassical economists such as William Stanley Jevons and Léon Walras were directly inspired by the…

Cameron says Britain must heed Greek warning

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Britons the scale of the country’s budget problems is even worse than he had anticipated and cited crisis-hit Greece as an example of the risk of failing to act. Cameron painted a bleak backdrop two weeks ahead of an emergency budget in which his coalition government will give more…