Basel III – Enough Risk in Quantland

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS)’s annual general meeting traditionally takes place in Basel during the final week of June. This year will be its 90th such occasion. But how the gathering...


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It was refreshing to listen to Sky News and the BBC both interview Beata Javorcik @BJavorcik over the weekend. Beata warns us that ‘the world is facing unprecedented change and in order to avoid a return to the 1930s, w...

“Pining for the Fjords, and something Completely Different”

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Since the 17th of November 2019 there has been a new reality for all of us to live in. Back then, on the 17th of November 2019, there was a different world trending on Twitter than we are seeing today. Anything from...

Geniuses Please Fix ‘This’ : World Autism Awareness

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We ask for the autistic geniuses to step forward and fix this. And we all know what 'this' is. Today is World Autism Awareness Day. In these uncertain times let’s celebrate diversity and increase acceptance in this...

Comrade Britney Calls for Wealth Redistribution

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Britney Spears has come forefront to central bankers' minds (providing they keep instauptodate) for calling for the redistribution of wealth and a general strike. She is unquestionably "just a girl with the ability to d...

The Systemic Risks at Play in the Oil War Fallout

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Tension between leading OPEC member Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC leader Russia arose after a recent breakdown in negotiations over oil production cuts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that had significantly cut global...

Devastating Losses in Markets and Pensions

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It has been an eventful week in financial markets, which seems to be becoming the new norm. In the past week the DJI has printed under 20,000 twice, hitting 18,915 Wednesday and Thursday. A -36% move from the peak o...

First Fintechs Fall : Funding Circle backs out of Europe

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Some say that all this market madness in funding for startups came to a brutal halt in the implosion of WeWork. The latest business that has decided to retreat back into core markets is Funding Circle. In its financ...

Central Banks Respond to Desperate Markets

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European Central Bank boss Christine Lagarde came under fire yesterday as she appeared to panic markets at an ECB press statement by saying that “we are not here to close [bond] spreads, there are other tools and other...

Coronavirus vs Singapore – a Digital Nomad’s perspective

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For over 3 weeks I travelled through Asia and several other European countries. I was surprised that no coronavirus-related controls were carried out in countries such as Sweden, Germany or my native Poland. As one of t...

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