In recent years, companies have been deserting the UK stock market as if it were a sinking ship. But what brought on this sudden aversion? According to some, Britain’s pension funds are the culprits, and Exhibit A the traditional defined benefit schemes that used to dominate the savings scene. Neil and Jonathan talk to William Wright, supremo of think tank New Financial, about how this shocking crime came about, name the victims, and ponder what can be done about it.
A Long Time in Finance: Is the Sun Rising on Japan?
Japanese shares are testing highs they haven’t seen since 1990, just as the country’s great asset bubble was declining. There have been plenty of false dawns in the past, but this time, as Japan expert and value investor Alex Kinmont told Neil and Jonathan, it really might be different.