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Gold Investment And Stocks

People who consider investing in precious metals like gold often wonder how this sort of investment tends to act with regard to the stock market as a whole, or with regard to gold stocks, as they perceive them. These are natural and legitimate questions, mostly because many people who invest in gold are new at […]

Can The Ghost Of Robert Maxwell End The Euro’s Problems?

It seems as though the true costs of the financial crisis are to be much worse than originally expected. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am a red-blooded capitalist. I always have been and always will be. I believe completely in free markets (business and financial). But even by my standards, things are going too far […]

When Is A Fine Not A Fine?

Jerome Kerviel has just been convicted and sentenced in Paris. Mr Kerviel was the trader at the centre of the Societe Generale wobble in January 2008. This was the event that provided the first hints that things going wrong in the US might hit Europe. Of course, it was completely unrelated, but we didn’t know […]

Financial Education For The Masses, A Movie, Or Both?

Last night I was fortunate enough to put my waiting to an end and go to the movies to see the new Wall Street film - Money Never Sleeps. Clearly, I am a financial buff, so loved the original and frankly, I enjoyed this follow up as well. It may not turn out to have […]

At Last! Banker Behaviour Is Understood

Over the last few months, reading the press reports of proposed EU measures to shore up the financial services sector has had me totally muddled. And not because I am confused… In posts earlier in the year (here I muse that we don’t need more FS regulations, simply to enforce the current ones more effectively […]

Innovating Business Models In Berlin

I’m in Berlin. 2009 to 2010 is the year of Germany as the Chair of the rotating EUREKA Presidency and the end of this year is being celebrated with a Ministerial Conference and award ceremony. In case you don’t know, EUREKA is a network that helps to stimulate and foster new projects. Though they have […]

France And Germany Push Harder For A Banking Tax

The latest news seems to be that most major governments want a bank tax. The reasons behind this are clear to everyone I’m sure, but they do open the prospect of regulatory arbitrage - a subject that this blog has touched upon in recent months. The problems with a bank tax are obvious though. Any […]

Do Markets Negate Democracy?

At the end of last week and for part of the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Biennale Firenze in Florence, Italy. The event was being hosted by EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee. With a title of “Education To Combat Social Exclusion”, it is not a natural event for a blog […]

Will You Help Me Prevent Climate Change?

Regular readers of this blog may recall that at the end of 2009 your author was lucky enough to attend the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15) for a number of days. While there, it was my job to interview a number of experts and politicians about the politics, policy and realities of climate […]

Financial Transaction Reforms Explained

Earlier this week, I was able to interview one of the key players and thinkers on the European Commission team for financial reform as a part of the ‘day job’. As mentioned here, David Wright, Deputy Director of DG Internal Market and Services, is one of the most public voices right now on the direction […]

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