The hole in Western finances

HAVE western governments, faced with angry voters, lost the ability to raise taxes? The question is raised by a farcical U-turn by...

William Jennings Trump and the monetary elite

DONALD Trump has been compared with many past politicians - Richard Nixon for his suspicion of the press and Warren Harding for...

Euphoria returns to markets

LIKE the weather in Chicago, you don't have to wait long for a new trend in the stockmarkets. Just a few weeks...

The problem that links business, finance and politics

THE problem is as old as mankind. The Roman author Juvenal encapsulated it into a phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” or “Who...

Stockmarkets are confident, banks not so much

THE headline-grabbing market event of 2017 so far has been the move of the Dow Jones Industrial Average through 20,000 (although the...

Taking the dollar down, or is it up?

IF THERE was a consensus view at the start of the year, it was that the dollar would rise. Fund managers surveyed...

Making protectionism unpopular again

BACK in 1906, an insurgent politician called Joseph Chamberlain (once known as Radical Joe, he had switched to the Conservatives over home...

The markets have second thoughts on Donald Trump

MARKETS are always full of surprises. In the run-up to the Presidential election, many investors were highly nervous about the possibility of...

You can’t be both a populist and a free-market conservative

IT WOULD be hard to find two more different characters than Theresa May and Donald Trump; the former a suburban vicar's daughter,...

The infrastructure dilemma; castles in the air or bridges to nowhere?

IF THERE is a consensus at the moment, it must be that infrastructure spending is a good thing. It employs workers, improves...

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