The row over Apple’s tax is becoming complicated, as the focus turns on Irish subsidiaries, and secret deals. There is an answer, and it illustrates why the UK is better off in the EU.
It is time to discuss it here? Would the UK be better off outside the EU?
I think I should warn you, I don’t plan to mince my words today. I was asked to explain yesterday where these so-called green shoots are coming from. I could think of only one sensible suggestion, and I find it most disturbing.
The riddle of the UK’s falling income but rising spending
Two bits of good news on US debt. Both government and household debt have fallen, pretty sharply too. This is good news. It is surely the case that concerns over borrowing levels are impeding US consumer spending, which for so long has been has been the lynchpin of the global economy, not to mention the US economy. Yet, two things bother me.
Shinzo Abe is the markets’ darling, but critics say Abeonomics is an experiment – a test – that may end in victory, but could also end in tears. They say that there is no precedent, because it has not been tried before, and that Abeonomics is too risky. Japan’s Prime Minister could be courting disaster. But I have been reading around the Internet, and discovered that there is a precedent, and it was set right here in Blighty. More tellingly, the UK strategy did work. More…
We are in the midst of a new industrial revolution; one which will change the world, the economy and create investment opportunities like nothing that has been seen before. And here is a date for you to note: 2020. Here is the company to watch: Samsung. And here is why: 5G.
September 22 will be a big day for Germany, but it will be pretty important for all of us too. That is the day of Germany’s national election; perhaps the most important scheduled event of this year. Expect the publicity over the next few months to be intense. Here is the background.
Mark Twain once said history does not repeat itself but it rhymes. Well I have been taking a look at past performance of the markets, and I am wondering if I can detect a rhyme, because if I can that may tell us something about the future.
Some say it is just a load of hype, that 3D printing will change the world by about as much as South Sea investment opportunities did in the 18th century. Others say that it may indeed change the economy, but the inevitable result will be job losses. For investors, buying into 3D printing may make sense, but for the economy, which relies on demand, any technology that destroys jobs may lead to permanent economic depression? Who is right?