Posts from Friday Jul 18 2014

Inverting AbbVie into ǝıVqqA

Over on Lex this week we’ve been pondering the finer points of what shareholders get out of tax inversions.

So… from the text of AbbVie’s planned £32bn merger with Shire, announced on FridayRead more

Markets Live returns on Monday

Full ML service, with Bryce Elder and Paul Murphy, will be resumed after the weekend.

In the meantime, keep an eye here for a promised AbbVie/Shire infographic.

Mission Finance: starting to think big again – Mariana Mazzucato

This is the first guest post in a series to coincide with the Mission Oriented Finance Conference starting in London on Tuesday. Mariana Mazzucato organiser of the get together and RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex, is attempting to rescue the idea of The Entrepreneurial State, debunking myths about private and public sector innovation. It is time, she writes, for big ideas. To think them will require loosening some intellectual chains.

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. …I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

Keynes – The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money, 1936 (p. 383) Read more

Further reading

Elsewhere on Friday,

We get the fables we deserve: the war for Claridges.

– Do patents stifle cumulative innovation?

Bridges to somewhere.

– A curious paucity of caliphatesRead more

The 6am London Cut

Markets: Heightened geopolitical tensions sent investors scurrying for safe havens. Overnight, the S&P 500 fell by 1.2 per cent, its biggest daily loss since April, while the Vix rose 32 per cent, spiking the most since April 2013. The price of WTI crude oil climbed 2 per cent. Haven assets rallied overnight, with the price of gold jumping $20 – or 1.5 per cent – before moderating by $3.50 in early Asian trading to $1,315 a troy ounce. (FT’s Global Markets OverviewRead more