Archive for February, 2011

This is a belated attempt by me to start to grapple with recent events in the Middle East. Although it is written for a financial audience it should be of more general interest. It appeared as a news analysis in the latest edition of Fund Strategy. Although finance professionals may not want to discuss it […]

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Order or freedom? The question is particularly sharply posed at times like this. In response to the wave of protests in the Middle East the rich and powerful have typically opted for order. They may rhetorically support democracy but their desire for stability tends to be overwhelming.??This […]

Worldwrite has produced a compelling documentary on the remarkable life of Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960). It tells the tale of a woman whose achievements included being a leader of the Suffragettes, a campaigner against the first world war and a passionate supporter of mass prosperity (see 3 October 2010 post).  The film includes rare archival images, […]

Today’s Real Clear Markets has listed my Fund Strategy cover story from last week on the changing role of the City of London (see 14 February post).

The closing statements in the Economist debate on the global elite are now up. My side of the motion has easily won the popular vote but for peculiar reasons. As the moderator concludes in his summing up: “we have a curious situation where the bulk of people expressing their views in the comments section seem […]

My latest cover story for Fund Strategy looks at the changes to the City, London’s financial centre, in the wake of the credit crunch and recession.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. It is likely that, barring some kind of global turmoil, much attention will focus on the Bank of England’s Inflation Report this week. For finance professionals it is easy to understand why they should care about inflation. But even ordinary members of the public, their real incomes […]

My rebuttal statement is up in the Economist debate on the global elite. This weekend I will be sifting through the comments and writing my closing statement.

I am opposing the motion that “the global elite serves the masses” in an Economist online debate. Please feel free to participate here.

This is my latest comment from Fund Strategy. Just because you say something emphatically it does not make it true. The government seems desperate to prove it has a strategy for economic growth but it is difficult to take its claims seriously. Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, was the latest to pontificate on the […]