Monthly Archives: August 2011

Otmar Issing calls for a more democratic EU

Aug 9, 2011

A highly insightful opinion piece by Otmar Issing (former member of the ECB executive board) in the FT today calls for the EU to move closer to political union through formal democratisation (elections/constitution), not via the overextended economic and monetary dependency of weaker, peripheral states on their stronger, core-Europe neighbours. ‘This type of political union’,

Global markets in crisis: Top 5 must read stories

Aug 5, 2011

Here are Chartwell’s top 5 news items covering falling world markets today: ‘Six words that started the rout’ – Ian King, The Times’s business editor, takes us through a blow-by-blow account of the hours running up to the crash in world markets, on what could be a crucial day in the history of the common

Emerging economies prominent in latest UN investment report

Aug 5, 2011

This week, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its annual World Investment Report for 2011. The figures make interesting reading as the report outlines trends in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) across all regions of the global economy. The top 10 economies receiving FDI inflows over 2010 were (all figures in billions of

Dr Raghuram Rajan informing Ed Miliband

Aug 4, 2011

The Times’ today lists Ed Miliband’s holiday reading list, which comprises many worthy volumes, including Raghu Rajan’s 2010 Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year ‘Fault Lines: How Hidden Cracks Still Threaten the World Economy’. Dr Rajan is a brilliant economic mind and speaker, who was the youngest ever Chief Economist to be appointed at the IMF,

London ranked world’s best for financial services whilst Asia increases influence

Aug 4, 2011

According to the latest edition of the Global Financial Centres Index, London is considered to be the world’s leading place for the financial services industry to do business. In the ranking for specific sectors, London led for asset management, wealth management, government and regulatory and professional services. New York was preferred for banking and Hong Kong was

An unexpected truth?

Aug 4, 2011

The majority of news outlets are claiming that Barack Obama’s deficit deal was a crushing defeat, with Newsweek stating that ‘Obama gives it all away.’ Today in The Times, Anatole Kaletsky shows how this perception is in fact rather more debatable than that. He highlights the US convention for cumulating budget reductions over 10 year periods. The

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