Pragmatic Capitalism

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Challenging the Consensus

Herd mentality is one of the strongest and most powerful human instincts. Humans take great comfort from walking the same path as others have walked before them, and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of investments.

Squeaky Bum Time

The 2002-03 season in the English Premier League, which ended with Sir Alex Ferguson winning a seventh Premier League title, developed into a hectic battle between Manchester United and Arsenal. At the height of the race for the title, with only a few weeks left of the season, Sir Alex uttered the now famous words: “It’s getting tickly now – squeaky bum time, I call it.”

Euthanasia of the economy?

By Niels Jensen, Absolute Return Partners ”Crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.” Rudi Dornbusch, Economist In his masterpiece The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money John Maynard Keynes referred to what he called the ‘euthanasia of the rentier’. Keynes argued… Read More

Heads or Tails?

“Once one starts to think about it, it is hard to think about anything else.”
Robert Lucas, Economist and Nobel Laureate, on economic development in emerging economies.

A Case of Broken BRICs?

Whilst many chose to spend August on the beach, a full-blown crisis developed across emerging markets, and the BRICS in particular. The ‘B’ got into trouble with its currency under severe pressure. So did the ‘I’ and the ‘S’, whilst the ‘R’ and the ‘C’ both experienced loads of bad news on the economic front. Not exactly what you have come to expect from the BRICS.