What got us talking this week
1. Festive fun
Only 20 more sleeps until the big day, and don’t we know it. From Christmas trees at bargain prices (thanks, weak euro!) to warnings over exploding hoverboards (this year’s hottest Christmas present - in more ways than one, it turns out), the festive season has got going in earnest.
Even City A.M. is involved, with a Christmas advent calendar giving you festive treats every day this month. From the economics of Santa rallies to the greatest discoveries made this year, relive the best and worst of 2015 here.
2. Rates are about to get interesting again
Don’t forget to keep an eye on City A.M. for live coverage.
3. The battle for London's roads heated up
It’s the final furlong for cab hailing app Uber, which at the end of December will find out whether Transport for London could slap it with a raft of restrictions.
In the run-up to the big day, the competition regulator has made its views known (spoiler: the Black Cab lobby doesn’t come out well). Meanwhile, Uber itself stuck two fingers up at TfL, launching a cheap-as-chips ride-sharing option in London - despite the fact it could be banned, come 23 December.
4. Mark Zuckerberg came over all generous
Meanwhile, City A.M. explored whether it’s wise for companies and wealthy individuals to go public with their giving.
5. The demise of Morrisons
The FTSE 100 reshuffle left Morrisons out in the cold after 15 years as part of the City’s bluechip index. Bad times for the retailer - although on the plus side, it was named one of the UK’s best supermarkets for wine. Swings and roundabouts…
Still, if you wanted a decent investment, you could have done far worse than putting your cash into one of 2015’s IPOs. Here’s how they’ve done this year, compared with the FTSE 100.
In a city where property is in short supply, why do buildings lie derelict? We explore one of London's largest dormant buildings with the author a new book on empty properties
Casting about for something to do during your time off? Here are three of the best business books to read this Christmas.
He might be a staunch eurosceptic, but that doesn’t mean Lord Lamont can’t be BFFs with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. In an interview with City A.M., he explained the problems of a “United States of Europe”.
Chart of the week: Did your MP vote for airstrikes in Syria?
Great reads from elsewhere
AI could either wipe us out or usher in utopia according to philosopher Nick Bostrom. This lengthy piece from the New Yorker explains why people are so scared of robo-doomsday.
Isis is ploughing its way through $1m of ammunition each month, and needs more. The FTfollows the munitions trail, taking a look inside Isis Inc.