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For some time I have been convinced that the Brexit vote will easily be won by the “remain” camp. After a recent trip to the UK I am feeling much less bullish… There were some good reasons for my confidence: – the economic case for the UK to stay in the EU seems to be… » read more

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There is a battle of wills underway in Malta. The current Labour government has faced many accusations of incompetence and corruption in it’s short time in power, but without hard evidence, they remain just accusations. Recently however, those accusations have stepped up several notches. Malta really only has four sources of written news reporting –… » read more

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On Friday the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention agreed that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained. For me, this whole situation is fascinating and rather than try to offer a profound insight, I am simply going to ask a couple of questions, out loud. Question One Why has Mr Assange not become an Ecuadorean… » read more

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The Ashley Madison 14

Honestly, what government employee is so stupid that they use their work email address to sign up to Ashley Madison? According to EurActiv, the answer to that question was 14. Not being married or living with anyone I have never personally had a need to “cheat” so have no first hand experience with the site.… » read more

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I’m sure that many of us are watching the escalating cluster f*&k that is the negotiations between the Troika and Greece with amazement. It is as if both sides are desperate to prevent a deal. (I recently wrote about it here and here). My question is simple, what if Greece does not want to find… » read more

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In recent weeks I have been in contact with a lot of law firms as a part of my day job. In the past when I have spoken to lawyers it always feels as though they negotiate for a living. Whatever it is you want, they counter offer. It is as if it is a… » read more

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I had always presumed that life for a Russian billionaire must be pretty sweet. You know what I mean – private jets, international homes, super yachts, vast sprawling business empire, obligatory ownership of a football club, wedges of cash and lots of glamorous Russian girls. It all sounds pretty sweet to me! Obviously there have… » read more

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About two weeks ago I found myself in a conversation with a lady at a dinner party. She spoke at length about Italy and kept repeating more and more loudly that “Italy has collapsed”. That may be true. In trying to make her understand my slightly more nuanced position I made the point that the… » read more

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In the world of financial speculation there is something known as an asymmetrical trade. This means that the downside is very limited – or none at all – and the upside is considerable. I have long thought that the in/out referendum in Scotland was a superb move by David Cameron, but reading his speech this… » read more

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Business Models And Innovation

In the EU world we hear about “innovation” all the time, but what does that actually mean? I am currently re-reading “More Money Than God” by Sebastian Mallaby. It tells the stories of the pioneers in the hedge fund sector, explaining their methods and the workings of this secretive arena. It has made me realise… » read more

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This week has been a curious one here in Malta, if you happen to have been following the developments of the Individual Investor Programme. In case you aren’t aware, IIP is the scheme under which citizenship is possible in 12 months subject to applications and a contribution of 650,000 euros (the best description of it… » read more

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The Perfect Crime?

Over the last year or so I have read quite extensively about Bitcoin. The amateur economist in me is fascinated by it’s disruptive capabilities and supply and demand characteristics. However, something that has been evident over the months is the extent to which very smart people around the world have been able to hack less… » read more

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