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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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When Confidence Is Lost

So the eurozone crisis is back with full force. Did it ever really go away? I don’t propose to try and recap the events of the last few days in Cyprus with the bail-in of bank depositors, things are moving quickly enough that I would be out of date almost immediately. Instead, let’s focus briefly… » read more

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Your author attended a policy event in the European Parliament this week. This one stood out for me for some of the wrong reasons. Firstly, I understand that many events of this nature need a sponsor and that said sponsor is hoping to have their policy issue debated and get their point across. Roger that.… » read more

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Those that know FinancialGuy personally know that I have recently moved myself south towards the sun, in Malta. While Malta is clearly very keen on it’s European-ness, there are obviously less events for someone like me to attend. So when they do come along, I am keen to be invited. Yesterday saw a meeting of… » read more

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So the summit between EU leaders is just getting underway and this is on the BBC website: BBC NEWS | Europe | Belgium detains al-Qaeda suspects Who knows where they were or what they were planning to attack, but I for one, have long been worried about being in the Schuman area. After all, there… » read more

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Whilst all these ‘stimulus plans’ may have the best of intentions and be the most plausable idea to help the economy so far, exactly who are we ‘bailing out’ and ‘stimulating’? At the core of this issue is one simple question: Since when did borrowing more money become the way to solve problems caused by… » read more

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So how much government borrowing can one economy take? Really? Imagine, hypothetically, that a country had banking problems and that this was in large part due to excessive borrowing within corporations and by individuals, how much sense can it make for the government to borrow to bail out the borrowers? So we all know that… » read more

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Egads!! Will there be anything left in a few more trading days?? It didn’t seem very many days ago that I was surprised to see the FTSE below 5,000 points. Suddenly it is below 4,000!! I have long expected these days to come and the signs have been there for several years that the world… » read more

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Remember the date – 29th September 2008 – the day everything changed. In the UK, Bradford and Bingley has finally been put out of it’s misery. The buy to let bubble has finally burst. It wasn’t necessarily a big bang, but I’d imagine that yesterday the value of every UK residential property dropped by several… » read more

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Can A Bail Out In America Work?

Should a government bail out a sick bank, insurance company, hedge fund or investment company? This is a tricky question to both ask and answer. As I write, the Dow has just closed down by over 770 points on news that the US$700 billion bail out package has not approved. This appears to be a… » read more

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