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Insights December 15, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

Trump, Russia and China

Even before he takes office, President-elect Trump is turning the world upside down. It has become clear his attitude towards Russia and...

Insights June 09, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

The pensions mess: can gold help?

The British have recently seen two unpleasant examples of the cost of pension fund deficits. A deficit at British Steel, estimated to be ab...

Insights December 22, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

Outlook for 2017

We exit 2016 on a tide of investor optimism. At long last, there will be a businessman in charge of the US economy in the form of a new pres...

Insights June 24, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

The consequences of leaving the party

The collective decision of the British electorate is to reject the recommendation of its government, excepting those of its few dissenting m...

Insights September 08, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

The impoverishment of the masses

Feudal and mercantilist economic systems were characterised by the lower orders of ordinary people being enslaved by, or subjected to, the c...

Insights June 02, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

Gold – a reasonable correction?

Gold weakened during May by about $100, from a high point of $1300 to a low of $1200. This, for technical analysts, is entirely within the...

Insights May 18, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

The importance of randomness

The greatest strength of a truly free market economy, where money is sound and does not corrupt prices, is the absence of cyclical action. W...

Insights April 13, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

The mystery behind economic growth

With sound money and free markets, the evolving production of businesses increases the purchasing power of money over time. We learn, out o...

Insights March 24, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

Guessing the future without Say’s law

Or some reflections to read over the Easter holidays With Japanese and Eurozone interest rates becoming increasingly negative, and the Fed...

Insights September 22, 2016 Alasdair Macleod

The root cause of monetary confusion

Arguments about sound and unsound money often degenerate into a them-and-us dispute, with the supporters of unsound money casting sound mone...