It’s a big reporting season right now, not just for corporate earnings, but also for disclosure of political contributions. “It’s almost like an earnings report but they all come in on the same day,” says Kent Cooper, editor of Roll Call’s new Political Moneyline blog which tracks Federal Election Commission disclosures.
Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Business Insider The United States is no longer one of the world's ten most "prosperous" countries for the first time according to the Legatum Institute. The Legatum Prosperity Index assessed and ranked the prosperity of 142 countries based on eight sub-categories: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, health, governance, education, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital. America experienced an "unprecedented" fall to twelfth in the rankings, as it experienced "weakening performance across five of the Index's eight sub-categories." Related: The Middle Class Is Worse Off Than You Think: Michael Greenstone When referring to the U.S., the language of the report had a somewhat dire tone
The West Coast rail franchise fiasco has hit the shares of transport conpanies in the UK. Lex's Nikki Tait and Oliver Ralph discuss the implications for outsourcing companies generally who bid for government contracts.
New rules requiring higher capital requirements for clearing houses hit shares in the London Stock Exchange on Friday. Lex's Julia Grindell and Nikki Tait discuss why this is short-term pain for the exchange for a longer-term gain. Related article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/373c2b66-0940-11e2-a5a9-00144feabdc0.html For more commentary from the Lex team, visit http://www.ft.com/lex http://www.FT.com/
It's a marriage that could result in the biggest defence company in the world. But the merger of BAE - Europe's largest military contractor, and EADS - the region's dominant aerospace company, faces huge hurdles. Carola Hoyos, defence correspondent, and Vincent Boland, Lex writer, join analysis editor Fred Studemann to discuss the proposed merger; what stands in its way, and the liklelihood of a successful deal.
Follow The Daily Ticker on Facebook! Much has been made about China's huge investments in resource-rich Africa in recent years and Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged another $20 billion in loans during his visit last week. But it's not just Africa where China is looking to secure access to commodities, notes international economist Dambisa Moyo. "There's not a single region left untouched," she says in the accompanying video, noting China's extensive trade with Brazil, its recent "laptops for pork" deal with Canada, pacts with Kazakhstan and Russia for uranium and oil, as well as land-development in Australia
A rough few months for the UK's ruling coalition party has seen dissent both between and within the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. Analysis editor Frederick Studemann talks to Jonathan Ford, chief leader writer, and Kiran Stacey, political correspondent, about how bad relations have become and what the future holds for British politics.
Banks appeared to have wriggled out of the tighter regulation called for immediately after the financial crisis. But the Libor scandal has prompted renewed calls to break up the banks.
http://www.FT.com/ The Libor debacle has left Barclays shares very cheap. Lex's Stuart Kirk and Oliver Ralph discuss if this is the time to buy. For more commentary from the Lex team, visit http://www.ft.com/lex
http://www.FT.com/ The reasoning behind the US Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was unexpected. Christopher Booker speaks with the FT's Alan Rappeport about the reaction from industry and in Washington. For more FT video content, visit the Financial Times video page at: http://www.ft.com/video