Archive for August, 2010

Real Clear Markets has picked up my latest Fund Strategy cover story on whether the world economy entered a new era with the financial crisis of 2008.

My latest cover story for Fund Strategy is a critique of the idea that the world entered a new economic era as a result of the recent financial crisis.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Ed Balls, a Labour leadership contender, lived up to his name in his speech attacking “growth deniers” (PDF)  last week. He also showed the superficiality of his understanding of economics despite his long association with Gordon Brown (or perhaps because of it) and impressive academic credentials in […]

Progressives against progress, City Journal, by Fritz Siegel. How American liberals have turned against progress since 1970. Genome breakthrough heralds dawn of new era for agriculture, Independent, by Steve Connor. The isolation of the genome of the wheat plant could have hugely positive implications for agriculture. Growth in a Buddhist economy, Project Syndicate, by Jeffrey […]

The 2010 Prix Pictet photography prize, sponsored by a Swiss private bank, will be on economic growth as a blessing and a curse. Given that the honorary president of Prix Pictet is Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations, and the chairman of this year’s jury is Professor Sir David King, a former […]

The Sloman Economics news site has included a link to my critique of Joseph Stiglitz’s “new economic paradigm” (see Monday’s post) on its latest post. The site is a useful blog with regular items on key economic topics as well as a valuable hotlinks page. John Sloman, a professor at Bristol University, is the author […]

I have spent much of this week writing a critique of the argument that the 2008 crisis propelled the developed economies into a new era (I will post the finished article next week). I was therefore particularly interested to come across a paper by F Halsey Rogers, a senior economist at the World Bank, on […]

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Imagine if Sir Alex Ferguson had the gall to present himself as a marginal figure in world football. Despite managing Manchester United, winning the European Champions’ league twice, the Premier League numerous times, he claimed to have little influence on the game. Such a suggestion would, quite […]

Andrew Milligan, the head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments, has reviewed Ferraris for All for Fund Strategy, the magazine I edit.

I was not planning to write a blog post today but this is incredible. Reading the recent Friends of the Earth Policy on Population (PDF) briefing, published in March, I discover that the organisation is calling for a 10-fold reduction in resource consumption. That is 10-fold – not 10% – in other words a 90% […]