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The Corner has a team of on-the-ground reporters in capital cities ranging from New York to Beijing. Their stories are edited by the teams at the Spanish magazine Consejeros (for members of companies’ boards of directors) and at the stock market news site Consenso Del Mercado (market consensus). They have worked in economics and communication for over 25 years.
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Barclays: “Italy's net financing needs for 2012 are really short, about €35bn”

Berlusconi’s resignation and Mario Monti’s designation have had an unenthusiastic impact on the European stocks, Barclays notes. “A positive welcome at the beginning has been followed by a general fall of all indexes, including Milan which had increased about 25 early yesterday in the morning. The political change did not help the 5-year bond auction either, because the Italian Treasure issued €3bn at 6.29%, the highest rate since 1997. After…



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The Ibex 35 ‘blue chips’ according to Expansión

The Spanish finance newspaper Expansión reviewed in its Monday’s edition some of the Ibex 35’s ‘blue chips’. The leading companies of the index have fallen 25% on average since early 2007, more than their European counterparts. Investment advisers claim many big funds have removed them from their portfolios due ​​to the peripheral tensions, but their managers have not taken into account that Spain’s ‘blue chips’ stand out against their competitors because…


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The Ibex 35 'blue chips' according to Expansión

The Spanish finance newspaper Expansión reviewed in its Monday’s edition some of the Ibex 35’s ‘blue chips’. The leading companies of the index have fallen 25% on average since early 2007, more than their European counterparts. Investment advisers claim many big funds have removed them from their portfolios due ​​to the peripheral tensions, but their managers have not taken into account that Spain’s ‘blue chips’ stand out against their competitors because…


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Has Ana Botín conquered the City?

The business daily Cinco Dias today devotes an article to Santander UK’s CEO Ana Patricia Botín: the difficulties she faces, as well as the achievements and the respect she has earned in the City since she arrived to London a year ago with the intention of turning Santander UK into the most profitable entity in the United Kingdom, and ultimately after her father decides to retire, her taking over the largest bank…


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Weekend link fest

A curated selection of links we hope can enlighten us all; some come from our corner, some do from other corners of the net. And as always, our comment widgets are anxious to get your suggestions: Humor: The Daily Telegraph on James Murdoch The Inequality Map Occupy Wall Street according to The Economist What if cancelling all university fees only favoured the privileged? Seven books for financial advisers and their clients The…


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Vidal-Folch’s response to the City of London: “rubbish”

In last Thursday’s edition, the Spanish newspaper El País included in its business pages an opinion piece by journalist Xavier Vidal-Folch about the systematic opposition of the City of London to the Tobin tax. The main thesis of the article is that London is blocking the tax to protect speculators and tax havens. With this idea as the main point, Vidal-Folch reels out facts and reflections, some of which we…


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Vidal-Folch's response to the City of London: "rubbish"

In last Thursday’s edition, the Spanish newspaper El País included in its business pages an opinion piece by journalist Xavier Vidal-Folch about the systematic opposition of the City of London to the Tobin tax. The main thesis of the article is that London is blocking the tax to protect speculators and tax havens. With this idea as the main point, Vidal-Folch reels out facts and reflections, some of which we…


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FCC’s foreign income exceeds domestic for the first time in its history

Report by Julia Pastor, in Madrid | FCC has obtained €178 million in the first nine months of 2011, which means a 6,9% less than in in the same period of 2010, according to a  Friday’s company press release. Nevertheless, FCC’s internationalisation process, with a growing income from foreign markets of almost 9,9% reaching €4.309 billion, represents a milestone in FCC’s 100 years history: for the first time, income coming…


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Santander: “the reduction of the euro zone is an unlikely and unfeasible scenario”

Report by Julia Pastor, in Madrid| The news of the day in all European media is the Franco-German proposal to create a hard core Europe, which would consist only of the countries able to maintain fiscal discipline. The new euro zone would consist of nine countries, including Spain. The response of the European Commission, through its president Durao Barroso, was clear: “A divided union with an integrated core and disconnected…