Stop the financial transaction tax. Again

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The previous death of the FTT lacked a sanity clause, says John Dizard

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The future of Greece is ancient history

John Dizard consulted the archives to find out what is going to happen next in the country

The public sacrificed to oil-money gods

John Dizard considers a possible trigger event for the next credit crisis

A risk-management cream pie in the face

Everyone has a [capital control] plan till you get punched in the mouth, writes John Dizard

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Ageing populations and currency wars

We all know old people are annoying. But do they also destroy our monetary system, asks John Dizard

Not an argument for a heartless state

John Dizard compares Greece’s handling of the financial crisis with that of the Baltic states

Embrace the contradictions of QE and sell

Short selling by prudent fiduciaries is not about greed, but preserving the beneficiaries’ capital

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Greek bond rally is a trap — here’s why

Investors have been lulled by truce between Greece and creditors

The 60,000 ton bulk ore carrier MV Irenes Vigor is loaded at the Port of Geraldton in February 2006 in a photo released by Midwest Corp. to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. Murchison Metals Ltd., the best-performer on the benchmark Australian index, bid as much as A$986 million ($887 million) in stock to buy Midwest Corp. and secure the right to build a port needed for its iron ore project. Source: Midwest Corp. via Bloomberg News

The shipping news for Wall Street

It is near impossible to Americanise the dry bulk world, finds John Dizard

Don’t count your coups before they hatch

It will take more than angry mobs in troubled countries to boost US oil profits, says John Dizard

Puerto Rico wanders into muni minefield

The island is playing a dangerous game with US hedge funds, writes John Dizard

Ukraine haircut is easy to say, hard to do

The country will need something on the order of $40bn in external money, writes John Dizard

Capital markets v adventurous drillers

Sometimes, it seems, low gas prices do not cure low gas prices, finds John Dizard

Blue skies create a reinsurance tragedy

John Dizard wonders if the lack of storm losses has turned reinsurers into ‘climate refugees’

Beware Greek technocrats bearing gifts

John Dizard doubts that all will be well when the engineers take over society

Perilous history of oil and gas lending

Investors did not learn anything from subprime mortgage securitisation, despairs John Dizard

Grim demographics of the industrial world

John Dizard looks back at the year in informed journalistic commentary

Stormy Grexit tragedy is European farce

A Greek crisis would draw away attention from much bigger problems, says John Dizard

No Santa Claus for US shale oil this year

‘Redetermination dates’ for borrowing are the most important in the oil calendar, says John Dizard

The eastern European ‘booby trap bond’

John Dizard marvels at how Russia outmanoeuvred the west in Ukrainian finance