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    1. FT Alphaville

      April 8, 2016

      The eurodollar as an economic no-man's land

      What’s the euro really? The collective currency of sovereigns subscribed to the European monetary system? Or an...

    2. April 5, 2016

      The enduring certainty of radical uncertainty

      The excellent new book by Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, is inevitably noticed mainly for its...

    1. March 13, 2016

      Central banks lurch from topsy-turvy 1970s to helicopter money

      John Maynard Keynes is reputed to have identified an immutable law, which says that the market can remain irrational...

    2. March 11, 2016

      A long game is good for investors — and companies

      In the long run, Rodney, we’ll be millionaires. This mash-up of John Maynard Keynes and Del Boy Trotter makes a lot of...

    3. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - Kuroda (vs the BIS?), neg rates are grand. - Davies: Is US inflation (finally) rising? - “San...

    4. March 4, 2016

      The lost leisure time of our lives

      Three hours a day is quite enough,” wrote John Maynard Keynes in his 1930 essay Economic Possibilities for our...

    5. January 24, 2016

      January is for cutting down on long hours, not alcohol

      Last week, at a social event for senior bankers, I found myself standing in a circle with six men making small talk. As...

    6. January 5, 2016

      Why global economic disaster is an unlikely event

      There is a great deal of ruin in a nation. Thus did the wise Adam Smith rebuke a correspondent’s worry that ruin was...

    7. November 10, 2015

      James Bond and The Great Gatsby star in rare books index

      Owners of first edition James Bond novels or economists possessing an early copy of John Maynard Keynes take note. A...

    8. November 8, 2015

      Grasp the reality of China’s rise

      For the first time in centuries, China now affects the global economy as much as it is affected by the global economy....

    9. August 4, 2015

      Keynes was half right about the facts

      When I was much younger and editing an economics journal, I published an article by a distinguished professor — more...

    10. July 29, 2015

      The rewards for working hard are too big for Keynes’s vision

      If John Maynard Keynes is looking down upon me now — he might make a good guardian angel for economists — then he is...

    11. July 17, 2015

      Capitalism: Morality and the money motive

      At first sight the spectacular stock market bubble that has wreaked havoc on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges in...

    12. July 10, 2015

      Keynes’s ‘beauty contest’

      In 1978 the financial economist Michael Jensen wrote: “I believe there is no other proposition in economics which has...

    13. June 24, 2015

      Greek problems mask the rising risks in Italy and France

      According to John Maynard Keynes “the expected never happens; it is the unexpected always”. Obsessed with the problems...

    14. April 14, 2015

      Pragmatism works best in the reform of economics

      Last week to Paris, for the annual conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a think-tank focused on...

    15. March 20, 2015

      ‘Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes’, by Richard Davenport-Hines

      As long as the economy is performing reasonably well, we all take it for granted — why not? After all, it seems so...

    16. FT Alphaville

      March 2, 2015

      Of negative rates and golden retrievers

      Yes, yes, we should just look away, Bill Gross wants your clicks. But… It would be pretentious to say that I resembled...

    17. FT Alphaville

      February 18, 2015

      Negative rates as global cash burn

      As Paul Krugman always likes to recount, strange things happen at the zero bound. Macroeconomics gets weird. Liquidity...

    18. FT Alphaville

      February 2, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - For Greece, the “ECB in politicised mission creep while helping trigger a bank run” story is...

    19. FT Alphaville

      November 24, 2014

      Oil-price decline: the bank-exit liquidity theory

      We’re all about unexpected consequences of “liquidity illusion-syndrome” these days, so it was exciting to discover a...

    20. November 4, 2014

      Virgin Galactic crash and the need for risk-takers

      The tragedy of Sir Richard Branson’s exploding spaceship is an example of entrepreneur overconfidence. The price of...

    21. September 5, 2014

      How to see into the future

      Irving Fisher was once the most famous economist in the world. Some would say he was the greatest economist who ever...

    22. August 1, 2014

      The Long View: Unsettling creep of policy into price-setting

      This week’s market wobble has been significant mostly for how much attention has been paid to such a small drop in...

    23. MBA blog

      July 14, 2014

      My early beliefs

      It is a great privilege to write in this forum through the second year of my MBA programme at London Business School. I...

    24. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2014

      Standing on the shoulders of cryptocurrency giants

      Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the LA-based man that Newsweek alleged on Thursday was the probable creator of the Bitcoin...

    25. February 14, 2014

      Emerging-world fashions that change with the seasons

      As I prepare to step down from Pimco in mid-March, emerging markets are once again in the news for all the wrong...

    26. FT Alphaville

      January 9, 2014

      Greenspan, the Keynesian

      Justin Fox at the Harvard Business Review has collated some interesting extracts from a conversation he had with Alan...

    27. Gavyn Davies

      January 5, 2014

      Where Ben Bernanke made a difference

      Janet Yellen is likely to be confirmed by the Senate as the next Fed Chair on Monday, and Ben Bernanke delivered an...

    28. December 26, 2013

      Ideas adjust to new ‘facts’ of finance

      Eight decades ago, economist John Maynard Keynes reputedly remarked: “When the facts change, I change my mind; what do...

    29. November 28, 2013

      Conservatives and the cult of home-ownership

      Is the world governed by material interest or the force of ideas? Karl Marx believed it was material interest in the...

    30. November 15, 2013

      Why work so hard?

      What do the Bushmen of the Kalahari have in common with John Maynard Keynes? In a visionary essay entitled “Economic...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 25, 2013

      Towards a widow's cruse economy?

      As we noted in our previous post, the real significance of the Fed’s FRFARRP trial (or FARPs for short) may be that it...

    32. August 23, 2013

      A lesson from the other ‘sage’ of investing

      In his famous letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in 1988, Warren Buffett declared: “When we own portions of...

    33. August 23, 2013

      The Diary: Robert Newman

      On Saturday morning my family and I took a train to the “No Dash For Gas” camp in Balcombe. Not until she read the...

    34. August 2, 2013

      Energy efficiency gives us money to burn

      William Stanley Jevons was born in Liverpool in 1835. When his father’s business ran into trouble, he left his studies...

    35. July 9, 2013

      Asset management hits record level

      The animal spirits are stirring again in the markets as the asset management industry grows to a record level and...

    36. May 30, 2013

      Modern economics for the diligent seeker of truth

      It seems an age since I sat with Sir Mervyn King, retiring Bank of England governor, bemoaning the dearth of economic...

    37. May 23, 2013

      Why George Osborne should not be so complacent

      The UK Treasury considers John Maynard Keynes to be an idiot. He famously said that “the boom, not the slump, is the...

    38. FT Alphaville

      May 20, 2013

      Pump up, debase

      Despite all the talk of rampant physical precious metals buying, in dollar terms it’s only getting worse for the “gold...

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