Volatility in the Age of Quantitative Tightening

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We are witnessing the largest real-time, Pavlovian experiment in global capital markets that’s ever been conducted. The conditioning of the last 10 years in the asset management business has rewarded more and more passive strategies, with fewer and fewer people tasked with understanding the big picture. So what happens now in a new era of quantitative tightening?

HSCB – A rebel bank with a cause

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Artists and film-makers Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn took over a co-op bank to enact community driven debt relief, by the people for the people, in a bid to educate the public about how money and credit are actually created. And instead of putting the Queen on their money, they are making heroes out of the Garys, Sarahs, Tracys and Steves who are fighting for economic justice amid the fallout of the current system we are forced to live under.

RBS: the Hillsborough of British Business

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If we were to tell you that you are a shareholder in a British bank you might be surprised. If we were to mention that that bank has been consistently running at a loss for a decade you may begin to worry about your investment. If we then said the organisation you’re invested in is accused of asset stripping compromised businesses to make a quick buck you probably wouldn’t believe us. Joining us to discuss RBS’ recent return to profit and whether it is now going to repay the British taxpayers is businessman, RBS victim and former CEO of Torex Retail PLC, Neil Mitchell.

What the left can learn from Mont Pèlerin

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One of the greatest tricks neoliberalism played is convincing the world it doesn’t exist. Economic historian, Dr Philip Mirowski says if we are to have any chance of defeating it, the left has to put its big boy pants on and get organised. “Neoliberalism doesn’t exist” is a common refrain from critics who like to […]

Everything you think you know about the financial crisis is wrong

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The left has been so spectacularly unsuccessful at countering the pernicious effects of neoliberalism, it has allowed its adherents to ride roughshod over history from the 2008 global financial crisis all the way back to the Great Depression.

End the Fed. Are you nuts?

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Central banks are not privately owned but the property of the government. Ending central banking would be giving the keys to the global economy to the financial institutions they are meant to be regulating.

Neoliberal v Neoclassical economics – what’s the difference?

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Neoliberalism and neoclassical economics are often terms that are used interchangeably by various economists and financial writers, but actually, there are important differences between the two. We’ve had some requests from readers to make that distinction more obvious, so Claire Connelly has summarised what you need to know.

Event: How Economics Professors can stop failing us

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Steve Payson, an US economics practictioner of long standing, will talk about his book ‘How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing us’ which provides an eye-opening expose on economics professors that will surely shock anyone who is not familiar with the topic, and even some of those who are familiar with it. Ellen Quigley has recently completed her research into economics education in the UK and will provide a perspective on our local profession.