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Andrew Lilico
3 July 2009
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There has long been an important problem in the selling of and advising on retail financial products.  Large numbers of individuals and firms call themselves “financial advisors” or even “...
Nick Silver
3 July 2009
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I have written previously that it was a bad idea for the government to take over banks, but given that they have, they ought to be run in taxpayers’ interest. A good starting point is UKFI, the UK...
Laurence Copeland
12 June 2009
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We could see it coming, couldn’t we? Those gigantic over-leveraged hedge funds were bound to come crashing down, as their massive bets turned sour, forcing them to default on their bank loans...
James Alexander
5 June 2009
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The threat of “systemic failure” has been used to justify recent government interventions in the financial sector. Essentially it is a “market-failure” type of argument...
Philip Booth
1 June 2009
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In every walk of life there are people who are greedy, selfish and sometimes those who downright cheat. Some MPs stretched their expenses to the limit, some people have cheated on social security...
Richard A. Epstein
14 May 2009
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In my recent article on monopolization cases under Article 82 of the European Union treaty, I criticized Neelie Kroes and the European Commission for the aggressive application of competition law in...
authors of Verdict on the Crash
12 May 2009
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In a statement published today in the Daily Telegraph and reproduced below, fourteen leading economists – authors of the comprehensive new IEA study, Verdict on the Crash - explain...
Philip Booth
30 April 2009
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In the Financial Times earlier this week, Peter Mandelson wrote:   Sir, I was surprised by the unreconstructed tone of your editorial (”The umpire should not choose sides“, April 21...
J. R. Shackleton
29 April 2009
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Harriet Harman’s long-promised Equality Bill looks set to land employers with further regulatory burdens, while doing little to meet its ostensible objectives – themselves of debatable...
Tim Congdon
30 March 2009
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The current financial crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between the commercial banks and the Bank of England. Before 1997 Britain had a system in which the Bank of England...
Dominique Lazanski
28 March 2009
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The government has just announced plans to monitor social networking sites, in the name of “anti-terrorism”. Officials claim that they will not be monitoring or recording the content of...
Kristian Niemietz
27 March 2009
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Switzerland and other so-called “tax havens” have finally succumbed to international pressure and threats to be “blacklisted” by the OECD. Banking secrecy laws will now be...
Philip Booth
26 March 2009
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Earlier in the week, David Cameron signalled that he believed that banking regulation should be returned to the Bank of England. However, there is a danger in thinking piecemeal about this problem....
J. R. Shackleton
23 March 2009
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Unnoticed in the economic gloom accompanying the rising unemployment figures, last week saw the publication of the statistics of employment tribunal claims for 2007-2008. The figures are quite...
Philip Booth
16 March 2009
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I now have to admit that I was unduly optimistic about the UK response to the crash regarding the future of financial regulation. Initially, there seemed to be some humility on behalf of the...
Kristian Niemietz
9 March 2009
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At a time when both public deficits and government spending are increasing (bank bailouts and stimulus packages), there is immense political pressure to address the issue of tax havens....
Philip Booth
6 March 2009
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Surely Gordon Brown needs a new speech writer. Apparently the US Congress voted with their feet, with the empty seats being filled up with staffers but, had they stayed, what would they have...
Nick Silver
17 February 2009
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Last week the government chose to ignore its own advisors and decided not to downgrade ecstasy to a “class B” drug. This is despite substantial evidence that existing policies have...
Terry Arthur
10 February 2009
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Philip Booth
4 February 2009
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On Monday, George Osborne made an interesting speech. It would have been a good opening statement at a dinner party of economists. There was a lot to chew on but the ideas were ill defined. But they...