Monetary policy reaches sell-by date for managing the economy
27th February 2017 by

Monetary policy used to be the main focus for running the economy.  If demand and inflation rose to...

Force majeures hit new record high as safety loses out to profits
23rd February 2017 by

Just when you think something really can’t get any worse, it does.  Sadly, that’s the s...

Global supply chains at risk as trade war threat rises
20th February 2017 by

“May God bless the USA and God bless Boeing” was President Trump’s sign-off in his...

Smartphone profits under threat as market goes ex-growth
16th February 2017 by

The outlook is becoming clearer for the global smartphone market, and it confirms my judgement in No...

Basic Skills, not protectionism, key to sustaining today’s High Income, Services-based economies
13th February 2017 by

Suddenly, manufacturing and protectionism have become political issues across the Western world.  P...

“Business as usual” the least likely outcome for Europe
9th February 2017 by

Europe is heading in to the Great Unknown, as Monday’s post highlighted.  The UK, The Netherl...

Europe heads into the Great Unknown as UK prepares for Brexit; Dutch and French voters go to the polls
6th February 2017 by

Next month sees the start of a process that could change all our lives.  Whether we live in Europe,...

Speculators’ tail wags oil market dog as paper trading dominates
2nd February 2017 by

Trading oil markets used to be hard work. You had to talk to all the major players all the time (not...