Calmer markets – we shouldn’t be complacent but they might help the real economy

There is media concern at present about volatility (the lack of it), why this might be and whether it is a sign of complacency and problems in store. Principally, this seems to be focused on the level of volatility being down to pre-crisis levels again. This chart of the VIX, which is an American measure […]

5 August 2014 by James Mahon

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Keep an eye on China’s move to end exchange controls

For those of us who can remember the extraordinarily cathartic effect of the scrapping of UK exchange controls in 1979, China’s move towards reform is interesting to watch. Exchange controls had been in place in the UK in various guises since 1947. It all feels Dickensian now: UK residents could not invest overseas unless they […]

28 January 2014 by James Mahon

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