Sterling takes a pounding

THE foreign exchange markets are about the most liquid trading arena in the world, certainly for the major currencies. So sterling’s 6%...

A positive sign from the bond market

THE stockmarket's positive mood has managed to survive the tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme. In part, this is because investors...

Will the dollar rise or fall on a Trump victory?

YESTERDAY’s decline in the American stockmarket, on news of a narrowing in the poll gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (under...

The fallibility of central banks

CENTRAL banks have become the most powerful economic actors on the planet. In part, this is because governments have been so reluctant, since...

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 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...

Sterling's plunge; markets wake up to Brexit

STERLING has had a very choppy history, marked by crises such as 1967, 1976 and 1992. And it is having another rocky period....

The global slowdown

WORK smarter, not harder. It is one of the more irritating things that a boss can tell you. But at the macroeconomic...

Companies gamble; pension funds take the hit

BAD news for the members of American private final salary pension schemes. January's falling stockmarkets and corporate bond yields mean that the aggregate...

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