Another Own Goal by George Soros

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Another Own Goal by George Soros


IF anybody needed a sell signal for the ill-starred $2.3 billion ([pounds sterling]1.47 billion) Manchester United float here it is: George Soros, the legendary "man who sank the pound" on Black Wednesday in 1992, has bought in through his Quantum Partners investment vehicle.

Soros, pictured below with his girlfriend Tamiko Bolton, has had his fingers burnt already this year with a $10 million investment in Facebook, which has dropped like a stone since floating in May.

The Red Devils are now trading 7% below their $14 a share opening price: if US investors bothered to look across the pond at their unimpressive opening defeat at Everton - with an ineffectual [pounds sterling]24 million Robin van Persie in the ranks - a few more might be heading for the exit.

APPLE most valuable company in the world, said headlines everywhere.

Well not really. The $622 billion market cap hit on Monday only works if you don't adjust for inflation. If you do, Microsoft was worth $856 billion at its peak in 1999 and IBM was worth $1. …

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