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Where Have All The Jobs Gone?

By John Richardson

POLITICIANS everywhere know that their chances of staying in office depend on how many jobs they can at the very least prevent from disappearing down the economic plughole.

Ideally, they also want to be able to lay …

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Australia: This Is No Way To Run A Country

By John Richardson

TONY Abbott has survived an attempt to remove him as Australia’s Prime Minister.

Do you really think this will bring to an end the political instability that has resulted in four changes in PM since 2007? This …

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Europe Needs A New “Marshall Plan”

By John Richardson

IT isn’t working. Surely, Europe’s policymakers must realise this?

The trouble is that I worry they still don’t get it, otherwise there would not be plans to print more money in Europe. Resorting to extra quantitative easing …

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Europe’s Policy Vacuum Means You Have To Write Off 2015

By John Richardson

EUROPE  is going nowhere and, so like China, can only be a drag on global growth in 2015  as we enter a new global financial crisis. 

“The legacy of the crisis is affecting [EU] member states to …

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Japan: “I Really Don’t Know How We Go Forward”

By John Richardson

THERE is no debate. Everyone agrees that Japan simply must overcome its demographic challenges. Here are a few sobering facts which indicate the scale of these challenges:…

Should current trends continue, Japan’s population will have fallen to

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South Korea: No Room For Complacency

By John Richardson

I have long loved South Korea, ever since I first visited the country back in the late 1990s. The sheer guts, determination and get-up-and-go of South Koreans have to be admired, especially when you put this into …

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Demographics And “The Internet Of Things”

A DECADE from now, you might wake up in the morning and:…

Step on scales that quickly shoot data to a service provider that helps you decide how long and hard to exercise on the treadmill that day.
Brush your

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The Failure Of Abenomics Should Be No Surprise

By John Richardson

The steepest  decline in Japanese industrial production since March 2011 has shocked some commentators. We cannot understand why.

“Industrial output dropped 3.3% in June from May, the trade ministry said today in Tokyo, more than twice the …

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Central Banks Risk Being Behind The Curve

By John Richardson

BACK in 2003 the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) predicted that dangerous imbalances were building up in the global financial system.

The BIS, a Brussels-based international organisation for central banks, was worried that the Fed and other …

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China Adjusts To “Zero Inflation” In Textiles

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyester chain business is undergoing a painful adjustment period, as the slide above indicates, as a result of:…

Expectations that cotton prices will drop to a five-year low in 2014-2015. This is largely the result of

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