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Adair Turner set to publish highly acclaimed new book ‘Between debt and the Devil’.

Adair Turner speakerLord Adair Turner was made Chairman of Britain’s Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis hit in 2008.  Since then he has played a leading role in redesigning the global financial regulatory system.  In his new book, ‘Between debt and the Devil’, he sets the record straight about what really caused the crash – our addiction to private debt.

Lord Turner challenges the belief that we need credit growth to fuel economic growth, and that rising debt is ok as long as inflation rates remain low.  Moreover, he argues that most credit is not actually needed for economic growth, and is more likely to drive unsustainable real estate booms and busts, financial crises and depression.  He goes on to explain why public policy must manage the allocation of credit creation, and why debt needs to be taxed as a form of credit pollution.

Paul Volcker – former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve – describes Turner’s book as ‘A masterwork! Insightful, scholarly, and persuasive. Adair Turner has provided a convincing analysis of what has gone wrong before, and what could go wrong again, among the intertwined complexities of money, credit, and misguided theories of finance.”

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“Stringent rules for hedge funds make the financial system fragile” warns economics speaker Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby speakerWriting in the Financial Times, Sebastian Mallaby, the best-selling author of “More Money Than God” (2010), has argued that the stabilising role of hedge funds is being “needlessly weakened” by regulators, through the creation of stringent rules, and by the hedge funders themselves.

Sebastian believes that “small-enough-to-fail hedge funds” provide an attractive alternative to the “too-big-to-fail banks”. Indeed, he demonstrates that even “Europe’s leaders have finally admitted that their economies would be more resilient if they had deeper capital markets and smaller banks.”

However, Sebastian notes that while hedge funds have grown more attractive to policy makers, they have become less appealing to their own clients due to lacklustre returns. This raises the possibility that “investors will yank their money out, crippling one of the few healthy features of the financial system.” He suggests that the “weakening performance may reflect regulators’ new aggression.”

He goes onto argue that “it is one thing to impose a regulatory burden when there is a clear need to do so…but it is another thing entirely to impose burdens on hedge funds, nearly all of which are far too small to threaten financial stability.”

Click here to read the full article (paywall).

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Senator Scott Brown on the US budget and financial regulation

Earlier this week I saw Scott Brown, former Senator for Massachusetts who cast the deciding vote in favour of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Bill, speak in a lively panel discussion on global financial regulation. Senator Brown was also fascinating on the political dynamics behind the US budget talks.

To book Scott Brown as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.

Senator Scott Brown: expert speaker on financial regulation

Looking forward to having lunch with Scott Brown in New York next week. An expert speaker on financial regulation, Scott is the former Massachusetts Senator who made history in 2010 by being the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts since 1972. He also played a pivotal role in passing the Dodd-Frank Act, casting the deciding vote. The Act represented the most significant changes to financial regulation in the United States since the regulatory reform that followed the Great Depression.

A truly independent voice in US politics, Scott is a highly respected commentator on financial accountability and transparency, and the future of the global banking system.

To book Scott Brown as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.

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