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In the UK at least, the issue of MPs expenses is all consuming. At long last, the general public is concerned and complaining about politicians. Heaven forbid – politicians are being called to account for their actions and finances!! The cheek of it! The scandal is dragging many long-standing politicians into the mess from all… » read more

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Yesterday saw me at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in the lovely Biblioteque Solvay in Brussels. The main event was Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. Krugman spoke at some length about the current financial crisis and how he believes it is masking a growing food shortage around the world. He feels that… » read more

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Your author has tickets to EBS next week. This isn’t because of my stellar environmental knowledge, but for other occupational reasons. For those that don’t know, EBS is the European Business Summit and is a similar type of event to Davos. However, EBS concentrates on the environment, business and innovation. EBS is a very high… » read more

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Why are they always such old guys? Conrad Black, Robert Maxwell, Ken Lay, and others besides. So they defrauded huge amounts of money from the general investing public – possibly you and I via pension funds and long-term investments – and despite being caught, they have lived the good life, spent the money and are… » 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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Europe = ?

This morning your author found himself at a meeting and discussion about political foundations and their importance. Needless to say, I was there more by accident than design. It was organised by ENoP, European Network of Political Foundations Whilst it would be reasonable to suggest that political and civil society groups are not where my… » read more

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Last night, your author spent a couple of hours at the US Election Night Party. This was in the Renaissance Hotel Brussels, and organised by an array of organisations including Democrats Abroad and The Bulletin. Personally, the party wasn’t for me. There were far too many people crammed into the space available. Far too many.… » read more

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How far down can world markets go? A little background reading about falling markets and suggests that average falls are pretty big. Of course, as we all keep reading, the current situation is ‘unprecedented’ and ‘impossible to predict’. That is all well and good, but what about previous down markets, how big were they? According… » read more

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If we all make it through this financial nightmare, and lets hope that the financial system does not collapse completely sending society instantly into the Middle Ages, (no money equals no food, transport, utilities and who knows what else, leading to social unrest and mass disorder) can we survive the next big problem? This story,… » read more

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The news that the interest rate in Iceland has jumped to 18% (from 16%) is going to have a major impact on such a small economy. BBC NEWS | Business | Iceland’s interest rate up to 18% How the need to make such a move would have been handled should Iceland have been inside the… » 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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Can You Say Hyperinflation?

Guess where I think the world financial system is heading? And if you want a good reason for my thoughts, take a look at this link: BBC NEWS | Business | US debt clock runs out of digits How big a clock will the American system need? And, if it happens to the US, how… » 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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