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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Globalisation backlash revisited

MUCH of the political action in recent years can be linked to a backlash against globalisation—the Brexit vote or the rise of...

Dow 20,000?

SOME time soon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average seems likely to break through the 20,000 barrier, an event that will be greeted...

Dude, where’s my toga?

AS THE parade of billionaires and generals joins Donald Trump's cabinet, it is hard not to be reminded of the Roman republic. Source...

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...

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