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Insights October 19, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

The productivity myth

Every now and then, there’s a rash of commentary on national productivity. And for the British, productivity is all part of the Brexit ang...

Insights October 10, 2017 Stefan Wieler

The Path for Oil

Global oil prices (Brent) continue to trade in a narrow USD45-55/bbl price range, reversing from a brief breakout to the upside last week. H...

Insights September 21, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

The forthcoming global crisis

The global economy is now in an expansionary phase, with bank credit being increasingly available for non-financial borrowers. This is alway...

Insights September 14, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

Outlook for the dollar price of gold

Now that gold has become overbought on Comex, the price is vulnerable to being trashed, yet again, by the too-big-to-fail banks. It is a fam...

Insights August 31, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

See no evil, speak no evil…

The Jackson Hole speeches of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi last week were notable for the omission of any comment about the burning issues o...

Insights August 10, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

Cryptocurrency - its status as money

The cryptocurrency craze is fascinating to an economist, or at least a student of catallactics, because it is a test of the theory of exchan...

Insights August 08, 2017 James Turk

Shakespeare on Finance

We are told by Shakespeare: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Is it good advice? Like so many things in life, the answer is - it de...

Insights July 27, 2017 Alasdair Macleod

Why economists cannot forecast recessions

The purpose of this article is to draw the widest attention to the chronic inability of the economic establishment to forecast recessions. N...