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White House Countdown – Farage ​and the Alternative Right

You’re a racist! No, you’re a racist! Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their bitter battle for the White House deeper into the political …

Nigel Farage

Richard Koo’s chart to explain the past 200 years

It may take a few minutes to wrap your head around it, but this chart from Richard Koo, borrowing heavily from the insights of W. Arthur Lewis, is a …

UK News

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

<b>Turkey’s Syrian gamble</b><p>Turkey sent tanks into Syria on Wednesday, as part of a major offensive ostensibly against Isis – but also to contain Syrian …

Finance (UK)

Why are Western retailers taking so long to jump online in China?

News that Ikea is rolling out an online shopping platform in China – its first in the Asia-Pacific region – could be a sign that Western retailers …

United Kingdom

Fun with peer-to-peer accounting. (Yes, actual fun)

Imagine you lent a friend £2000 for three years at a 25 per cent yearly interest rate. That would be a nice little earner for you and, sure, it’s not …

Accounting

Myanmar’s stock market can learn from its neighbours’ fade

The Yangon Stock Exchange, reactivated several months ago after the civilian government headed by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took office, now …

Myanmar

DLTs and the “can’t we all just get along?” barrier

Another day, another<p>blockchaindistributed ledger technology (DLT) report*. Today’s comes from the World Federation of Exchanges, which provides us …

Finance (UK)

How to find China’s elusive consumption boom

As anyone who reads these pages knows, China’s growth has slowed and its economy is, little by little, rebalancing away from investment and towards …

Asia

Is this peak Tory?

Eleven years ago Geoffrey Wheatcroft buried the Conservative party.<p>His book “The Strange Death of Tory England” marked the party’s nadir – but it was …

United Kingdom

Are traders allowed to front-run customer orders in the Treasury market?

The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know.<p>In a letter to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the SEC’s markets division draws …

Financial markets

Further reading

<b>Elsewhere on Thursday,</b><p>- Superman and stocks: It’s not the Cape (CAPE), it’s the Kryptonite (cash flow)!<p>- China’s ever more mysterious tourism …

UK News

FirstFT – Transatlantic tax tensions, how Facebook labels you and Japan’s ‘handsome weeping boys’

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b> The US has launched a stinging attack on the European Commission in a last-ditch bid to dissuade Brussels …

Donald Trump

White House Countdown – Don’t mess with Texans

Donald Trump will have an unusual special guest on stage tonight when he holds a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi: Nigel Farage, the former …

The White House

We already have a utility settlement coin: it’s called the euro

Four banks have stolen loads of column inches on Wednesday with news that they are developing “a new form of digital cash that they believe will …

Finance (UK)

Can Russia and the US compromise on who should lead the UN?

After months of speculation, the race to become the next UN Secretary-General has reached the point at which support for the official contenders is …

Finance (UK)

As an investment strategy grows more popular, the probability of a comparison involving Marxism apparently approaches 1

Is there a Godwin’s Law equivalent for Marxism? Do we need one since the Law basically means that the longer an argument goes on the more likely we …

Marxism

A would-be disruptor hits a Treasury-market-shaped wall

To those who don’t follow Treasury markets, Direct Match might sound like a ruthlessly efficient dating website. Go on one date with a partner …

UK News

Application essays: word limits force a trade-off

The necessity to submit essays as part of the application process for your MBA is not only a daunting prospect, it is also one of those tasks that …

UK News

Further reading

<b>Elsewhere on Wednesday,</b><p>- Apollo paid itself some fees and gave itself some loans.<p>- Bernstein: “The Silent Road to Serfdom: Why Passive Investing is …

Finance (UK)

FirstFT – Italy struck by quake, the benefits of a 4am start and how London might have looked

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b> A magnitude 6.1 earthquake at the very shallow depth of 10km has struck central Italy, collapsing buildings …

Italy

White House Countdown – Pulse check

Hillary Clinton was on late-night television on Tuesday having her pulse checked by chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, as well as forcing open a jar of …

The White House

It’s going to be one heck of an election year, folks

<b>Exhibit one:</b> The new Facebook page of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. It looks like an attempt to explain Fed structure and governance …

Finance (UK)

FT column: The crisis in Anglo-American democracy

<i>By Gideon Rachman</i>Two of the great political parties in the west — the Republicans in the US and Labour in the UK — are in a state of near collapse. …

Democracy

Why talk up the tech revolution, when Asia’s problems are largely pre-industrial?

<i>By Chandran Nair, Global Institute for Tomorrow</i><p>At a recent World Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur, the opening panel was invited to debate one of the …

Finance (UK)

What to expect from the new Treasury regime

I’ve spent some time looking into the business background of Britain’s new chancellor, Philip Hammond. It tells us a lot about his approach to …

United Kingdom

Don’t throw Ukraine under the bus – Europe’s security depends on its success

When it comes to containing Vladimir Putin’s aggressive posture in Eastern Europe, the conventional wisdom advises strengthening NATO, diversifying …

Security

Further reading

<b>Elsewhere on Tuesday,</b><p>- DeLong with a tentative macroeconomic reform agenda.<p>- Down the (Jackson) hole.<p>- Stanley Fischer rewrites Fed inflation target, …

UK News

FirstFT – Renault emissions probe, Deutsche Bank’s $10bn scandal and the crisis in Anglo-American democracy

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b> A French government report omitted significant details of how Renault’s diesel cars were able to emit fewer …

Deutsche Bank

DoubleLine’s Bonnie Baha passes away

Bonnie Baha, a portfolio manager at DoubleLine Capital with an exceptional investment record and a reputation for unusual candor, passed away on …

UK News

White House Countdown – Drip, drip, drip

Do you hear that leaky faucet? That’s the sound of the never-ending Hillary Clinton email saga, which 77 days out from Election Day continues to …

Finance (UK)