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Richard Thaler – Nobel Prize Winning Economist


Monday, October 9th, 2017

Richard Thaler has just won the Nobel Prize for Economic – his Nudge Theory. He is the behavioural economist who helped David CAmeron develop auto-enrolment for pensions here in the UK. Well I met him in the city at the […]

Running Hard to Stand Still – Tesco..


Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Wednesday 4th October 2017 Tesco has reinstated a token 1p a share dividend today with its Interim results.  This is a significant milestone.  Boards hate cutting dividends even more so in a extreme low interest rate environment as shareholders (who […]

Monarch, Air Berlin, Alitalia.. why the airline industry is so tough…


Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Monarch has been in trouble for some years – not large enough to have serious capital and with a mess of a strategy.  It flew long haul, short haul, with a rump of a holiday business.  At the same time […]

The $14tn Great Monetary Experiment…. coming to an end?


Thursday, September 21st, 2017

And so the Great Monetary Policy Experiment that is Quantitative Easing is facing its biggest test.  From October the Federal Reserve in America will begin to unwind its $4.5tn balance sheet.  And don’t think its America, we don’t care.  Just do a twitter […]

The Three Wise Monkeys? Or the Three Stooges?


Friday, June 23rd, 2017

And now onto my macro musings after the three speeches this week of the Chancellor, the Governor and the Economist (Phillip Hammond, Mark Carney and Andy Haldane).  I am not sure if I should compare them to the Three Wise Monkeys […]

One Year on from Brexit.. Do not lament Sterling weakness..


Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Sterling is down 13% on a trade weighted basis since the Brexit vote.  This has helped manufacturing orders to hit their highest level since 1998 according to data out today.  Sterling’s decline is beginning to help the revival of manufacturing and dampening […]



Friday, June 16th, 2017

Or the failure of the political class to be able to do maths… My Sunday Times column: ““Diane Abbott is not alone in failing to do her sums.  Her car crash interview on LBC on the cost of a larger […]

The Politicalization of the Bank of England


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

QE and ZIRP have political consequences… One week on from the General Election and the Bank of England meets to decide on interest rates. The UK’s central bank, like the ECB, the Fed and the BofJ, are all independent of […]

My FOOC for Radio 4 on Greece…


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Or what I learnt during my pedicure about the state of Greece… click here to listen.. My FOOC starts at 11mins through it..   Greece has been in the headlines now for almost a decade: economic collapse, mountains of debt, […]

Nutmeg needs major growth to stay spicey


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Or why RoboAdvisors are finding its not so easy to gather assets. My column for the Spectator: click here