Irrational tossers

THERE are few sure things in investing. But the chance to bet on a rigged coin sounds like a good one. Alas,...

Don’t cheer a devaluation

THE pound has dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since March 2009, on fears that the support of Boris Johnson, London’s...

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...

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...

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...

Get ready for dividend cuts

REINVESTED dividends are the main source of long-term equity returns. And a high divdend yield is a big argument for buying equities. But...

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...

The manufacturing jobs delusion

INDUSTRIAL policy via Twitter is a new development in economics but we may all have to get used to it over the...

Are magazine covers a contrarian indicator?

FINDING a reliable way of timing the market is something that has eluded the greatest investment minds in history. That is why...

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...

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