The IPO Market – a glimmer of hope?

By Isabelle Smurfit In 2021, the UK IPO market had its strongest first quarter since 2006, hitting a record level that would undoubtedly prove hard to sustain. UK listings raised a staggering £7.2bn with 16 IPOs on the main market and nine on AIM, technology companies making up almost half of all proceeds (London Stock…

“If I were a rich man…”

By Clotilde Gros Once upon a time, the World’s richest man, had the craziest of dreams and bought one of the World’s largest social media platforms. The man, Elon Musk, has more than 80 million followers on Twitter and a controversial history on the platform himself. His offer to buy the platform is about ‘the…

Position Available: Pay – $130m-a-year

By Richard Bicknell The Financial Times this week reported that HSBC has struggled to solicit tenders from the other ‘Big Four’ (KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY) to replace its current auditor EY. In the last year EY was paid a princely $130m in fees to cast its eye over the books of the UK’s largest…

The 150 Billion Dollar Tweet

By Bob Huxford Elon Musk has done it again. Put out a tweet that gives investors kittens and sends the share price reeling. This time he’s signalled he might be up for dumping $21bn of stock onto the market. His reasoning most likely, is to pay off a $15bn tax bill, with a few billion…

These days Tik-Tokers can move markets more than investment analysts…

By Henry Adefope So, there are two major types of security risk associated with buying a stock or security. Broad market risk, and stock specific risk. An example of stock specific risk is when a company loses one of its biggest… customers, suppliers, or products… in this instance, you should expect that to hurt the…

No shortage of villains as the games stop

By Adam Lloyd We keep seeing startling evidence of the power of social media to influence behaviour, be it advertising the latest fashions or promoting political ideology and now it has reared its head on Wall Street. GameStop as a loss-making bricks-and-mortar video game retailer listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is an…

The acceleration into digital is no anomaly

By Bob Huxford According to many stock market commentators in recent weeks, any positive developments regarding COVID-19 vaccines should instigate a huge stock market rotation of funds. Investors would abandon the stocks seen as beneficiaries of the pandemic, such as the trendy and apparently grossly-overvalued big tech companies, and pile back into stocks within those…

Long Live the Equity Markets

By Adam Lloyd There have been many headlines over the years proclaiming “The Death of Equities”. The most famous perhaps being BusinessWeek, the originator of that very headline in August 1979. Had you taken that view you would have thought yourself very clever at least for the next three years, before missing out on the…

Small-cap Equities. The diamonds in the rough

By Adam Lloyd, Capital Markets It’s all about the trade-off between risk and reward. In uncertain times, and we are most definitely living in uncertain times, financial markets lose their appetite for risk in a major way. The most obvious effects of that are falling share prices and rising gold prices.  In times of peril,…

Reduce trading hours to help navigate the pandemic

Companies should continue to update the market, but the markets must make changes to cope with Coronavirus, says Newgate Managing Partner, Giles Croot The unprecedented call from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) at the weekend for listed companies to delay publishing preliminary results for at least two weeks has led to many companies mothballing them….