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 last vote

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

Markets are hoping for Bush 3.0

CONVENTIONAL wisdom gets turned on its head quickly in the financial markets. Although many on Wall Street were gloomy about the prospects...

Simple, independent and multinational; another trilemma

THE scandal over the leaked Panama papers may dominate the headlines for a few days yet. It seems to reinforce the populist narrative...

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....

Elderly savers; cast adrift like Captain Bligh

WHEN you reach retirement age, what should you do with your money? It is a simple question but one that is fiendishly difficult...

Accentuate the negative; another down day for the markets

MARKETS have a habit of turning on a dime and surprising the unwary commentator. But one tip your blogger can share after 30...

Rally, rally, rally. But for how long?

STOCKMARKETS are fickle beasts, particularly in a world of short-term trading philosophies. Those who have gone short (bet on a falling price) may...

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...

The trucks and trains test; barely rolling along

MARKETS have moved from worrying about the Chinese economy to fretting about the biggest economy in the world. Brokers are now putting probability...

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