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Ellis Armstrong, a board member at oil rig construction business Lamprell, is stepping down after four-and-a-half years at the board. He will be replaced by James Dewar on the audit and risk committee. Junior stock market AIM has shrunk by 16 companies during 2017. During the year, 59 firms joined the market while 75 cancelled listings because they became insolvent, were taken over or lost their nominated adviser. The net loss was lower than previous years.
Laurence Sacker, from accountants UHY Hacker Young, said: ‘AIM should be competing aggressively for more of the corporate finance deals that get done by private equity houses. Nearly 1,700 firms floated on stock markets around the world this year as the global economy roared into life. The figure is up 44 per cent on 2016, according to research by Dealogic, and the highest figure since 2007. 146billion, also a 44 per cent rise, and the most since 2014. 1billion of mortgages in October, up 14pc on a year earlier.
Bank of England decision to raise interest rates. Tech giants Apple and Amazon are in talks about major investments in Saudi Arabia, as part of the kingdom’s push to open up its markets. They sell products there via third parties but have yet to establish a direct presence. Almost a third of websites on the internet are now taking measures to dissuade people from using advert-blocking software, according to a study by the University of Iowa in the US. How does RBS stack up against rival bank shares? Why should I bother with financial advice for retirement?