The collective decision of the British electorate is to reject the recommendation of its government, excepting those of its few dissenting ministers, that Britain should remain in Europe.
It is a signal failure of government policy. Above all, it is a failure that undermines the state’s control over ordinary people. Time will tell whether it is just a temporary setback for the world’s economic planners, or the removal of a keystone supporting the whole structure of modern statism. Continue reading The consequences of leaving the party
Brexit is not the most important problem facing markets, it is mounting problems in the European banks.
But before looking at that systemic issue, I will summarise the Brexit position, from the trenches, in the last few days before the referendum. Continue reading Brexit is getting the blame
The British have recently seen two unpleasant examples of the cost of pension fund deficits.
A deficit at British Steel, estimated to be about £485m, was followed by a deficit at British Home Stores of £571m. In both cases, pension fund deficits have scuppered corporate rescue plans, because understandably no buyer will take on these liabilities. Continue reading The pensions mess: can gold help?
Gold weakened during May by about $100, from a high point of $1300 to a low of $1200.
This, for technical analysts, is entirely within the normal correction zone of a third to two-thirds of the previous rise, which would be 84 to 167 points. Continue reading Gold – a reasonable correction?
Regulations are nearly always introduced with the best intentions.
In financial services, they aim to stop unscrupulous brokers and banks from ripping off the public through bad practices. Manufacturers are banned from making products which are dangerous to children, the environment, or which might fail through shoddy workmanship. However, state intervention in commercial matters is based on shaky grounds, consistent with denial of the role and workings of markets, and an overriding desire to interfere. Continue reading Regulation – the hidden curse