This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Many experts have long argued that the developed countries, particularly America, are switching towards a “knowledge economy” and away from industrial production. The trouble is, by some measures at least, this trend seems to have at least partially reversed recently. It is true that [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Readers of this column may wonder why I often use Paul Krugman as a foil for my arguments. The reason is straightforward. His views are a lucid and high profile expression of the economic mainstream. In that sense quoting the New York Times columnist, [...]
This is the main text of my cover story from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. A box is to follow in a separate post. The Hollywood film Robot & Frank, which came out in the UK earlier this month, illustrates vividly how torn society is about the use of robots. In the near future a [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Some global trends get little attention in the British media. Those who only follow domestic television channels or newspapers would struggle to find news about the fraught relations between the world’s three largest economic powers. This tension manifested itself in a recent visit by [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. It has become widely accepted that the world is trapped in a peculiar “balance sheet recession” in which companies are preoccupied with paying down debt. A good reason to treat a critique of the idea seriously. The critical appraisal comes from Andrew Smithers, one [...]
Spiked has published an updated version of my essay on inequality and the crisis. The notion that high inequality caused the economic and financial crisis that emerged in America in 2007-8 has become widely accepted. This claim should not be confused with the argument that an unequal society is morally or political undesirable. Instead it [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. What will the world look like in 2030? A recent report on the subject written by American intelligence analysts should also be of interest to investment professionals. Global Trends 2030 was produced by the National Intelligence Council. The organisation’s mission is to provide strategic [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Just when the American economic debate seems like it cannot get any weirder it does. As in a Hollywood movie the sequel is generally worse than the original. After the fiscal cliff, or strictly speaking the second episode of the fiscal cliff, there was [...]
This is a piece I wrote for Courtiers, a financial advice firm based in Henley. One of the few virtues of the Soviet Union was that it helped keep things simple. Economic and political debate essentially boiled down to a stark choice between capitalism and the Soviet model. Of course there was always some room [...]
This is my Perspective column from this week’s Fund Strategy magazine. Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis are to revoke their British citizenship in favour of Russian passports to be awarded directly by President Vladimir Putin. Fund Strategy can exclusively reveal that the Olympic stars will announce their move, a protest against the government’s economic policies, [...]
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