Brexit means…higher prices

THE economic arguments for and against Brexit in the course of the referendum campaign were quite esoteric and confusing to the average...

The last vote

THREE years ago, your blogger published a book called “The Last Vote”, a warning about the threats to democracy. It got a...

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 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...

Dorothy meets the Mnuchins

DOROTHY was unhappy. Life on the Kansas farm seemed dull, and her pocket money hadn’t risen in real terms for years. It...

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,...

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...

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%...

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...

Markets start to face the prospect of a Trump victory

STOCKMARKETS have tended to perform a lot better under Democratic than Republican Presidents. A 2013 paper found the S&P 500 had delivered...

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