The Capitalist

Thursday 12 December 2013
WHEN we said last week there was a new Red Ed in town, we really didn’t expect Ed Balls to take it so seriously, but it looks like the shadow chancellor is relishing his new moniker – and giving it a festive slant.
Cameron cosies up with Alibaba boss Jack Ma, and some happy-looking Olympic volunteers
Wednesday 11 December 2013
WE ALL love a good selfie. Selfies on a Friday night down the boozer, selfies wearing snazzy outfits, selfies with celebrities.
Wednesday 11 December 2013
THERE was once a time when the only people who sent awkward family-portrait Christmas cards were your second cousins in Wisconsin, but the US tradition has made its way over here – and our politicians love it.
Carney taking on the role of Christmas Present
Tuesday 10 December 2013
OVER in New York yesterday, Bank of England governor Mark Carney was not just extolling the recovery of the British economy – he also took the opportunity to peddle some of the UK’s classical literature to the yanks.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
WE’RE all for healthy competition between nations, so with the Olympics a distant memory, The Capitalist thought it would pitch governmental Christmas trees against each other.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Another Dragons’ Den reject rises to the top - with two ex-City boys riding high. Recipe box delivery startup Gousto has just closed a $2m investment, led by MMC Ventures.
The race is off for Prince Harry but his team is still heading for the pole
Monday 09 December 2013
ADVERSE weather conditions may have slowed Prince Harry’s trek to the South Pole but a UK-based event in support of Walking With The Wounded, backed by City A.M., is still rolling full steam ahead.
Monday 09 December 2013
WE’RE big fans of American imports here in the UK; we’ve adopted Black Friday as though St George himself spent the first Friday after Thanksgiving hunting for discounted iPads, and now we’re celebrating Small Business Saturday too.
Monday 09 December 2013
Monday 09 December 2013
In a new regular feature The Capitalist brings you fascinating facts about City bigwigs. First up, Shawbrook Bank CEO Ian Henderson.  
Doghouse: Lola visits Number 10
Friday 06 December 2013
SO GEORGE’S Autumn Statement tie was green.
Friday 06 December 2013
MOVE over Miliband, there’s a new Red Ed in town. The shadow chancellor’s frustrations at George Osborne’s “good news” on the economy, were played out on his face when he addressed the House of Commons after yesterday’s Autumn Statement.
Friday 06 December 2013
GET YOUR secret Santa pressies ready and start crafting those turkey vol-au-vents; ‘tis the season for Christmas parties.
Friday 06 December 2013
Some of east London’s fashionistas ventured down to Canary Wharf’s Ice Rink on Wednesday night for the launch of a new, swish Heineken bottle.
Thursday 05 December 2013
WELCOME to the lighter side of the Autumn Statement. For those who aren’t satisfied simply listening to Osborne talk tax – this is the page for you.
Thursday 05 December 2013
AUTUMN STATEMENT BINGO “Squeezed middle” Not a reference to Osborne’s waistline... “Pasty” The baked snack targeted for tax until Osborne did a U-turn
Thursday 05 December 2013
1 IT’S not actually in Autumn. In fact it’s in winter. It used to be in November, sort of justifying its title, but since 2003 it has taken place in December.
Icap boss Michael Spencer takes to the phones with Cheryl Cole
Wednesday 04 December 2013
WITHIN a few minutes of walking through the doors of Icap yesterday The Capitalist had run into a pack of rowdy pirates, walked past a “Broking Bad meth lab” and watched a conga line of gladiators snake its way through the famous trading floor – t
Wednesday 04 December 2013
PRUDENTIAL boss Tidjane Thiam sent a pretty overt message to his French countrymen when he accepted his Grand Prix de l’Economie award last week.
Wednesday 04 December 2013
With Apple’s recent purchase of Topsy, Tim Cook is clearly enjoying a touch of retail therapy in the lead up to Christmas. The Capitalist thought it would be fun to try to second guess what else might be on Cook’s list.
Tuesday 03 December 2013
SO, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, is getting into the drone game.
Tuesday 03 December 2013
SENTIMENTAL fans of the old fashioned phone book weren’t the only ones mourning the demise of Hibu, née Yellow Pages – chairman Bob Wigley, who fought pretty hard to save the ailing company, must have also been saddened to see it go into administr
MOSSY CHRISTMAS
Tuesday 03 December 2013
ANY HEDGIES strolling out of their Mayfair offices last night may have been greeted by the festive site of racing legend Sir Stirling Moss switching on the Christmas lights at Shepherd Market.
Tuesday 03 December 2013
The Capitalist would like to congratulate the winner of our Movember competition – Steven Farley of Majedie Asset Management. We love his two-tone mo, although apparently, it was supposed to be red, white and blue.
The refurbished Villandry in St James’s will host its soft launch tomorrow
Monday 02 December 2013
THE PATH from the City to the foodie industry is well-trodden, and the latest epicurean hangout to get the City-treatment is the Villandry.
Monday 02 December 2013
MOVEMBER may be over, but just when you thought it was safe to return to your regular facial hair regime we roll straight into a new money-raising month – Decembeard (Movember’s decidedly bushier cousin).
Monday 02 December 2013
GEORGE Osborne might have bitten off more than he can chew ahead of Thursday’s autumn statement. The chancellor tweeted a picture of a new family member – a puppy called Lola, later tweeting, “Some early issues with toilet training ...
Friday 29 November 2013
TURKEYS are once again making headlines this Thanksgiving.
Friday 29 November 2013
THE TIME has come, chaps. With just one day remaining before December descends, The Capitalist is issuing a final call for you to perfect your furry upper lips and send us your best Movember efforts.
Thursday 28 November 2013
AT A TIME when most investment bankers count themselves lucky to last a decade at one company, Alfred Feld has stood apart. Feld, who died this week aged 98, worked at Goldman Sachs for more than 80 years.
Wednesday 27 November 2013
IT HAS only been a matter of weeks since Argos heralded the launch of its own, super-cheap tablet, pitching the £99 MyTablet as the perfect budget choice – with built in Argos apps to help direct customers to making purchases from its other produc
Wednesday 27 November 2013
DAVID Cameron was guest of honour at the British Curry Awards on Monday evening, telling a packed Battersea Evolution centre that he would do more to help the industry flourish.
Allister Heath with Henderson’s Simon Ward, left, and Alexander Justham of the LSE, right
Tuesday 26 November 2013
THE WINNERS of City A.M.’s fourth annual awards continued their celebrations yesterday at the London Stock Exchange, where they were invited to open the markets.
Monday 25 November 2013
FOR all those mums and dads wanting their junior spenders to start hogging their cash, NatWest has a squeally good idea.
Monday 25 November 2013
IT’S CHIC to be geek – or at least that was the message that Ed Miliband was keen to peddle on yesterday’s Desert Island discs.
Guests enjoy dinner in the spectacular V&A dome
Friday 22 November 2013
AFRICAN song and dance filled the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday night as Opportunity International launched its Spirit of Opportunity Christmas appeal.
Friday 22 November 2013
With their palaces, titles and crowns, it can be tempting to assume that British royalty just aren’t like us.
Thursday 21 November 2013
WELL DONE to all the brave Movemberers who’ve battled through those awkward early days of growing a moustache (“do you think he’s doing Movember?” “Is that just a shadow?”) and made it into the third week of sporting career-limiting upper lip fuzz
Just four regular commuters used the cable cars in one week in October
Thursday 21 November 2013
ONE of London’s great white elephant projects – the Emirates Air Line cable cars – was used by just four regular commuters in the week from Saturday 13 October.
Thursday 21 November 2013
Airplane meals are not particularly tasty, but it seems a bit excessive to pack a lunch for your flight. When the cleaners of a Jet Airways plane stumbled across two lunch boxes stashed in the toilets they assumed they were bombs.
stalls filled the Guildhall for the British Red Cross Christmas Market
Wednesday 20 November 2013
KEEN Christmas shoppers filled the Guildhall yesterday to get their gift-buying in early at the British Red Cross Christmas Market.
Angela Ahrendts won the Walpole medal of excellence
Tuesday 19 November 2013
BURBERRY’S outgoing chief executive Angela Ahrendts collected the top prize at the 2013 Walpole Awards for Excellence last night at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
FLAT whites are so last year – those on the cutting edge of beverages will be quaffing green vegetable drinks in 2014, according to the consumer clairvoyants at Mintel.
Monday 18 November 2013
STUCK for Christmas present ideas? The British Red Cross Christmas Market, which takes place at the City’s iconic Guildhall tonight and tomorrow, might be the perfect place to get started.
Monday 18 November 2013
WARNING – not just pictures are self-destructing in super quick time. Following the success of Snapchat – which deletes images after 10 seconds at most – comes SecretInk, which delivers similarly short-term texts and emails.
The Prince will walk 200 miles in a team of seven
Friday 15 November 2013
PRINCE Harry will leave London on Sunday to battle icy winds and survive in temperatures of minus 40 degrees as he treks with a group of injured soldiers to the South Pole.
Friday 15 November 2013
ASK NOT for whom the tweets troll, JP Morgan – they troll for thee.
Her Majesty celebrated the green credentials of the Coop Bank’s new building in Manchester
Friday 15 November 2013
WHAT’S more important for a struggling lender: being seen to be green or actually running a bank in a viable and profitable way?
Wednesday 13 November 2013
THERE are not many rooms that you could walk into on a Wednesday night in the City and find an airline chief executive, an 18-year old tech entrepreneur and a ballerina dancing to hip-hop.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
BOB GELDOF, former Boomtown Rats singer and anti-poverty campaigner, spoke about the role of business in society at the National Business Awards in London last night

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