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Failed Three Times: London Stock Exchange Deal Blocked Again

April 7, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Stock Market AnalysisOne of the biggest stories concerning the European stock market in 2017 is the failed merger between the London Stock Exchange and its German rival, the Deutsche Börse, based in Frankfurt. The merger, valued at £21bn, was blocked for the third time by the European Commission. Previous attempts fell through in 2000, and again in 2005 before the 2017 deal failed.

All major news channels, including The Guardian and the BBC, as well as smaller finance news sites such as Stock Market London are already covering aspects of the failed merger.


The merger had always received backlash due to fears of it creating a ‘de facto monopoly’. A de facto monopoly refers to a non-government created monopoly that is not protected from competition. An LSE and Deutsche Börse merger would have a monopoly of bonds and debts. Margrethe Vestager, a prominent anti-trust official of the European Commission, mentions that the two companies cannot guarantee that it won’t limit competition.

German regulators, in particular, worry that the merger will create problems after Brexit. The merger would have placed the headquarters in London —problematic as the UK will be no longer part of the EU. They were originally pushing to locate the headquarters in Frankfurt instead before the whole merger was ultimately rejected. Vestager herself, however, says that her decision was not influenced by Brexit.

Increased Shares

The two companies originally wanted to merge to allow them to compete more readily with the global market. The merger would have allowed London to maintain its economic ties with the EU. It would have also resulted in an estimated of £384 million euros in annual cost savings.

Despite the deal falling through, investors have responded positively to the failed deal. The London Stock Exchange saw a 3% jump in their shares, and the Deutsche Börse went up by 0.5%.

What to Do When your Outdoor Minnesota Wedding Did Not Fall through Perfectly

March 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Married couple reminiscingThe wedding industry is getting better each day. People seek excellent ideas to help make their milestone a unique and memorable event. To set the perfect look and feel for this very important occasion, more couples are choosing to go for an outdoor wedding, which offers endless opportunities for a distinctive mood. Just remember to be ready with a plan B in case the unforeseen happens along.

What Can Go Wrong?

Many things could go bad in the process of handling an outdoor wedding event. It does not matter how far ahead you have planned for the big day but how well you did. Things that are beyond your control such as weather changes could present hurdles, and you will never have any other option but to sway with it. That is why it is quite essential that you include an alternate plan as you draw out how your wedding day will roll over.

Minnesota offers an incredible array of outdoor locations for people who want to tie the knot in style. But most park facilities require you to take over, especially when it comes to providing a comfortable shed for your guests. This is where wedding tent rental in St. Paul, MN will prove valuable. Through the varying tent sizes and types available, you could easily find a suitable unit to meet your needs and requirements.

A Venue with a View

As you make an ocular inspection of your proposed wedding venue, consider the possible challenges it may present in case your plans did not fall through as perfectly. Timing your event and arranging your wedding based on the weather and other unforeseen circumstances are key.

You can never diminish the value of a wedding venue with a view but if you will not be able to get the most out of it because the weather would not permit it, finding a safer alternate route is a must. Or at least, look for suppliers who will be able to play around with the challenge.

Pests in Your House: Practical Tips to Keep Them Away

March 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm Comments are Disabled

House Pests Rats, ants, and cockroaches: these are the three most common house pests in New Zealand. Conservation authorities even consider some of these to be threats to the natural environment.

Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of them in your house because they have many things in common. All three of them need access to food, water, and a dark place to build their nests on. If you remove these, you get rid of them all. It is like shooting not just two but three birds with one stone.

For major infestations, contact pest management services to take care of the problem. However, you can easily deal with smaller problems simply by keeping your house clean and unfriendly to pests. Here are other suggestions:

Keep the floor clean at all times

Sweep and vacuum your floors regularly, especially the kitchen floor, to remove any food particles that may have fallen off the dining table or countertop. If you are using a vacuum cleaner, make sure to empty the vacuum bag to keep cockroaches away from it.

Dry out wet areas

Leaking pipes and drains in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry areas can create the perfect breeding area for bugs and insects. Do a search for these leaks and contact a plumber to repair them immediately. Make sure the area is dry and spill-free afterwards.

Store all food away

Food such as pasta, cereals, and flours do not need to be refrigerated, but you still need to put them away properly to keep the pests away. Use glass airtight containers and put them on neat, tidy, clutter-free cupboards and shelves.

When it comes to pest control, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. All you really need to do to keep the pests away is to keep your house neat, clean, and orderly.

3 Things You Can Do After Finishing College

March 29, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

A college student studying a notice board They say that your adult life finally starts when you finish college. For most people, college is a time for soul searching and figuring out what you really want to do in life. For some, the several years they spent in the university were not enough to make them realise what it is that they really want to do.

If you are one of these people, do not worry. There are many ways to approach life after college. Here are some great ideas to help you get started:

Get a job

This is probably the most obvious and practical option. College is a preparatory process for people who want to work as professionals. The challenge now is finding a job that lets you use what you have learned at school. As such, it is true that not all people get the privilege of using their degrees and applying their knowledge to the jobs they land.

If you get a job that is not related to your degree, it will still give you real-life experience, which is one of the most valuable factors considered by recruiters and employers.

Continue formal education

Not quite ready to join the workforce yet? How about continuing education? An MBA degree in Singapore will give you better opportunities. If you finished a degree in the sciences, an MS will help beef up your resume and expose you to the experts and tenured professionals in your field.

Learn new skills

You can still learn new things without going back to school. With the rise of the “gig economy” in the last decade, you can learn many marketable skills outside the classroom. Coding boot camps and even free online courses will give you skills that are highly valued in today’s market.

Are you ready for life after college? Try any of these recommendations to find your purpose and lead a productive, happy and fulfilling life.

Make Your Wedding Day Unforgettable

March 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm Comments are Disabled

Man putting the ring to the womanThere are many innovative ways to make your wedding day memorable for you, your spouse, and guests. Some of these methods may take a bit of time and money to plan, but is there a price you can put on making your wedding day amazing? If you are still looking to have a unique wedding without blasting your budget, these clever tricks can guide you.

Select unique wedding rings

Just like your wedding dress, your wedding rings will pay a central role in your wedding. Take the time to select the best pieces you can find within your budget. Visit a pawn shop for diamond rings or other stones that could fit your budget. Sometimes these pieces are more affordable than those you find in jewelry stores. Choose the best ones that suit you.

Wear your dream wedding dress

Your wedding dress is a big part of your wedding day. It is one of the things your guests will be anticipating to see as you walk down the aisle. Go to great lengths to ensure you get the dress you’ve been dreaming about if you can afford it. If you can’t find the dress you have in mind, visit different shops to sample what they have and pick what appeals most to you.

Choose a Lovely Location

Holding your wedding in a beautiful outdoor location can make it memorable. Pick a wedding tent rental service provider to get the ideal tents for the event. Some of these providers also help out with the decoration and can provide some ideas on how to make your day extra special.

Hire a videographer

Capture every moment of your special day on video so you and your loved ones can preserve it for posterity. It’s one way to relive the love and happiness of your wedding day. Get an experienced videographer who knows how to use the tricks of the trade well.

It takes some time to plan a perfect wedding, given all the details you need to manage. If you want to make sure you get everything right, you can always work with a wedding planner to help you create your dream wedding.

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Rid of the Office Cubicle Just Yet

March 24, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Office CubicleWhile the open-office plan continues to take over offices from New York to Los Angeles, managers who have long ago jumped on the bandwagon are starting to realize that full-time collaborative workspaces and complete transparency may not be the ideal solution.

The office cubicle has been maligned in every way. From books to movies, people have acted as if the cubicle has ruined their lives. And yet workers now realize that working in a cubicle does have its benefits after all.


The biggest and most important advantage of being able to work in an office cubicle is the increases in efficiency and productivity. By blocking out the distractions from your coworkers, you let yourself focus more on the work you need to do.


In an open-office plan, anybody can silently stand behind you and snoop on your emails as you read them. This will not happen with the privacy that an office cubicle provides.


Modern office cubicles are not like the stuffy, gray boxes of old. There is a broad range of styles and designs that you can choose from, and employees have all the opportunity to personalize their cubicles to keep it their own.

Cost Effective

Used office cubicles provide the chance to re-install some of the much-needed privacy in the workplace without having to pay the high cost of brand new equipment.

As managers are now starting to realize, perhaps the open-office plan is not the best office plan after all. In the same way, keeping workers boxed in all the time may not be such a good idea as well.

As with everything in life, balance is the key. A good mix of open workstations for collaboration, cubicles for heightened concentration, and even a few fun, unconventional workspaces for inducing creativity will help create an atmosphere that your employees will appreciate.

Why Gold is a Better Bet Than Bitcoin

March 22, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Bitcoin MiningBitcoin is nice. It disrupts currencies, and it is valuable. If it manages to take off, a lot of Bitcoin miners will be very rich, rewarding their embattled faith in the world’s first decentralised cryptocurrency. By then, who knows what it will become: it could be the next gold, silver or even as a business opportunity.

That is where it ends for Bitcoin, despite what its biggest believers will say. It is a mystery to most people and the fact that you need a miner set up, register to Bitcoin’s official ledger and selling it is close to impossible. It is because most of the people you will find interested in Bitcoin are only in it to sell. A lot of miners, not enough buyers, and that is only the start.

Gold vs. Bitcoin

Gold has always been there, and it is always valuable regardless its form. Whether it is an ingot, jewellery or coin, gold sells wherever you bring it. Not that you would lug it around in your pocket, but there are places that may offer a smaller spread when you are selling. You can always play it safe and sell it back from where you bought it, though, and you will still earn a pretty penny.

Going back to bitcoin, it feels very limited, and there is a compelling reason why its momentary jump over gold is not a good thing. Moreover, it is worrying that a group can fundamentally control the currency. The very thing that makes bitcoin brilliant, its boundlessness, is something that the Chinese companies leverage to have a major hold over it.

Using Your Sense

If there is a challenge in gold investment, it is taking control. If all your money is in a single ingot, you are dependent on how the market will swing. It also does not encourage growth because ingots are the haymakers in the gold transaction. If you buy one, you had better have a clear plan on selling it. There is also the issue that you have no money left.

To address it, be a diverse metals investor. Spread your money on sovereign and minted coins, light gold bars or silver. This way, you will not corner yourself and be a one-big-swing kind of bullion seller.

Valuable, stable(-esque) and definitely for a thinker, investing in gold is a valuable move when you do it right. Its position in the financial world should tell you that no other ventures in precious metals that offer a better proposition.