The London Stock Exchange yesterday confirmed it was in detailed discussions with its German rival about an all-share merger. The exchanges have considered combining forces before. They agreed to merge in 2000 before a rival bid for the LSE from Sweden’s OM Gruppen scuppered the deal. The LSE then rejected a formal £1.3bn offer from Deutsche Börse in January 2005. So will it be third time lucky? Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst at CMC Markets, joins to discuss.
A potential stock connect between the London Stock Exchange and Shanghai is the latest news coming out of George Osborne's five day visit to China. Dr David Kuo, CEO at The Motley Fool Singapore, gives his thoughts to Sandra Kilhof and Mark Johnson on any potential deal.