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The economics of Megxit

Originally published March 2021. I’m sure you have your mind on higher things than the soapier side of the royal family, but I love it. I have a collection of commemorative china, my mum’s knitting me a copy of one of Princess Diana’s jumpers, I cried at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, and of course I […]

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Intergenerational diversity and the office workforce

In this era of major technological advancements, the Covid-19 pandemic has supercharged changes, especially in the way we communicate and work. Organisations are changing rapidly to a flexible digital office environment. While the talk is prominently about co-working space and working from home, there is a need to focus on the most expensive cost: the […]

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A clear and nuanced view on generational conflict

At the onset of the pandemic, plenty of the trade-offs that societies were asked to make were of a generational flavour. Young people were asked to give up their immediate dreams, their friendships, their jobs and many of the freedoms that they until then had taken for granted. This was all in the service of preventing […]

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The market for Post-War and Contemporary art

The art market has historically been subject to generational shifts. Old Master paintings dominated the market until the 1980s, at which point a diminishing supply of great works saw Impressionist and Modern art take over, fueled at the high end by an influx of Japanese collectors chasing masterpieces by Monet, Renoir and van Gogh. In […]

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America’s great electric vehicle revolution is underway

Originally published August 2021. Why the retail real estate world should take note. In The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway famously writes, “‘How did you go bankrupt?’ ‘Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.’” The quote expertly captures the idea that humans in business and life can be exceedingly inept at responding to slow-moving changes which pose […]

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Asia, not the US, is the main source of global warming

President Biden once hoped to attend the 31 October start of the Glasgow UN Climate Conference having signed a massive new package of climate-related spending. A New York Times analysis undertaken by Margot Sanger-Katz and Alicia Parlapiano estimated that $675bn of President Biden’s original $4.7tr ‘Build Back Better’ plan would have been earmarked for subsidies and tax credits […]

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China: neither military nor monetary threat

Seldom since its civil war and prior to that its battle for independence, has America’s internal future/fortunes been so vulnerable to the actions of outsiders serving their own ambitions. This time, however, it isn’t dealing with the conflicting colonial interests of the British, French, Spanish and indeed Mexican empires, but a singular Asian powerhouse. This […]

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Green lending

World’s biggest banks’ latest initiative at COP26 is a step backwards. Over 450 of the world’s banks have committed to a new initiative at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, which is designed to decarbonise their investments. Overseen by former Bank of England supremo Mark Carney, the banks and other financial institutions signing up to Gfanz (the Glasgow Financial […]

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