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Why access to credit rather than interest rates should be the primary tool of monetary policy.

For policy makers to minimize the human misery from economic booms and busts it’s important they have the right tools for the job. For the better part of a century interest rates have gone unchallenged as the primary monetary tool for Central Bankers and policy makers. It’s time that we…


Shining a light on the case for Buy Now, Pay Later from a consumer, investor and economic perspective.

Buy Now, Pay Later is trending with consumers, investors and regulators world wide. The reinvention of an old product onto new and exciting digital platforms has the world scrambling for more. …


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Delving into the narratives of company earnings and what they mean for the economy.

The last month has been data overload. A huge range of corporate announcements and global economic data points have come together so we can sit down and read the tea leaves. Clear recurring trends are threading through the data but to keep things simple I’ve selected three core themes that…


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Exploring sustainability, ESG and responsible investing approaches for your investment portfolio.

There’s two common myths about sustainability and responsible investing. Although its one of the most talked about topics at banks and dinner tables most of us fall into one of these two camps:

  1. Responsible investing creates alpha (above average returns)
  2. Responsible investing comes at the cost of returns

The reality…


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Managing risk, picking stocks and preparing your portfolio for the most talked-about macro thematic.

Investors around the world are concerned about inflation right now. Central Banks, economists and investors like Warren Buffet and Stanley Druckenmiller are debating whether inflation will be temporary and transitory or if it will be persistent and longer-term. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on, the numbers…


Exploring whether the scale of cash held by these multinational companies could impact money supply, productivity, inequality and more.

All that cash…Everyone from the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Moody’s and S&P have released content discussing the huge amounts of cash held by U.S. companies. After listening to a podcast discussing the distortions caused by ‘mega-companies’ and their cash holdings — I hit the pavement, went for a run…


Let’s talk about whether employers could and should pay salaries in crypto like Dogecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin.

Cryptomania is fast approaching a tipping point. As more and more companies accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment the pressure mounts to pay wages in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. NFL players have led the charge with Okung and Culkin seeking to get some or all of their salaries paid…


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How the global supply of people and goods is dramatically reshaping the nation

Just below the surface, under the noise of COVID-19, is a global supply crisis. If things continue the way they are, with locked borders, locally-focused production, and a shutdown mentality then the world will be a dramatically different place. …


Exploring the impact of social media on lives, businesses and economies — as well as the cost of becoming an influencer.

2007 was the year that changed the world. Apple launched the iPhone, the GFC began, Facebook overtook MySpace and introduced the like button, and Season 1 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired. These separate events have since weaved through each other to shape daily lives and the world today…


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Recapping the year that challenged everything we knew about how nations work, economics and what to expect from our futures.

2020 (the ‘year-who-must-not-be-named’) launched an all out attack on economics. At every turn there was an event, a person or a theory that was throwing economic principles and nations into disarray. …

Chris Leeson

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