Chairman's Notes

A QUESTION OF TRUST - THE 12 AND 2 RULE

22 Apr 2014

When looking to appoint a new professional adviser as a potential buyer inevitably you are faced with a situation where you are effectively buying a promise (or in most cases...

Research

DEFLATION STALKS EUROPE

22 Apr 2014

“Disinflation or deflation is a growing global problem. In a world of falling productivity, there is no natural buyer of last resort; there is no one naturally demanding dollars so...

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HIGH FREQUENCY TRADING

22 Apr 2014

Those with a keen interest in finance will have noted the publication on Monday 14th April of “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis, an accomplished writer and analyst of financial matters....

Research

BANK CAPITAL BRACE YOURSELF

22 Apr 2014

The banking system failed spectacularly in the crisis.  The supposed pillars of strength evaporated leaving governments to step in to pick up the bill on behalf of their respective populations. ...

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GERMAN GRID

22 Apr 2014

One in six German companies have gone “off-grid”, that is generate their own power. Another 25% are considering joining them (source: German Chamber of Commerce). There are several drivers of...

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INDIA IN NUMBERS

22 Apr 2014

As you receive this review we are mid-way through the largest collective democratic act in history. 815 million people will cast their votes in nearly 1 million polling booths.  This...

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FOREIGN STUDENTS

22 Apr 2014

It was reported in The Economist that one headmaster recently asked a room full of foreign students whether they flew business class to Britain. Only a few hands went up...