3 years and 3 Prime Ministers later - the UK has left the European Union. Brexit supporters were chuffed to bits celebrating last night - while others didn’t bother to participate in the festivities dubbed ‘Let’s Stay Friends’ - with pubs promoting reduced prices of German beer, French vodka, and Irish whiskey.
Fintech startups in the UK are arguing “Brexit Shmexit!” as the UK pulled in more fintech funding ($4.9b) in 2019 than China and India, and double the rest of the EU. Moreover, more than 1,000 European financial firms have plans to open their first office in post-Brexit Britain.
But it may be the humble Dover sole that ends up causing some unpleasantness in the EU - UK trade negotiations. The EU threatens to restrict the City’s market access in Europe if fishing quotas for herring, mackerel, and sole can’t get ironed out.
So, in the ups and downs that will define the next 12 months negotiations, the best advice for everyone in Europe is perhaps Kipling’s mantra, which Boris took to heart as Foreign Secretary, “treat triumph and disaster the same” and have a cup of tea!
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How the mighty Goldman has fallen - A dollar invested in Goldman in 2010 would be worth just $1.60 today. A dollar wagered on the s&p 500 would be worth $3.60, and on JPMorgan Chase, $4.10. If Goldman’s reinvention fails it may ultimately have to do a deal. Read more
When Ana ditched Andrea - She runs mega-bank Santander; he’s a top deal-maker. She offered to make him the best-paid CEO of any bank in euroland. It didn’t happen, and the $123 million lawsuits that followed shows even banking royalty can’t always get their way. Reuters special report! Read more
Elon Musk just dropped an EDM track on SoundCloud - Following Tesla posting positive earnings, the Starling project coming together, and SpaceX nailing its commercial crew flight test Musk thought it was the right time to drop the mixtape with the lyrics "Don't doubt your vibe / because it's true." Read more
Marcus steps back from UK stocks and shares Isa - Goldman had been working with Nutmeg, a UK based online wealth manager, to launch a product ahead of the UK's “Isa season” this spring. The move would have brought Goldman into the UK retail investment market for the first time. Read more
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