Vincent Boland: Long Brexit malaise afflicting Britain will not be remedied any time soon
Empty shelves, drained petrol pumps, rising costs: the consequences of Brexit are biting hard, the British government is in denial, yet Keir Starmer and Labour still cannot capitalise politically
Christmas is going to be an absolute blast in Britain this year. The government is to issue 5,000 visas to foreign truck drivers to address the petrol “shortage” the country is enduring – and they must all be gone by December 24. Another 5,500 visas will be made available to hire workers for poultry farms, to head off a shortage of turkeys on Britons’ festive dinner tables. The army is reportedly on standby too.
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Vincent Boland: In the age of passive investing, there is a place for aggressive activism
It has been a watershed year for activist investors as some of the world’s largest corporations such as Exxon, Shell and Danone found their boards under siege. And the activists now have secretive world of commodity trading in their sights
Vincent Boland: Europe’s most unloved sector beginning to attract advances
The competition-heavy, investment-light approach to the once heavyweight sector has led it to near-extinction. Is the interest of US private equity firm KKR likely to bring one such casualty, Telecom Italia, back from the brink?
Vincent Boland: The current chill doesn’t have to lead to another Cold War
Last week’s first meeting between US president Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping did little to reduce the gulf between the two superpowers but there are some reasons to hope that the world can avoid a prolonged conflict
Vincent Boland: Japanese finance’s favourite Son loses knack of picking winners
Masayoshi Son’s attempt to reinvigorate his beloved SoftBank by mounting a share buyback is a lame attempt to rouse it out of its own inertia