Book Review: The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger – Iger’s Wild Ride to the Top of ‘the Happiest Place on Earth’

Back in 2005, Robert Iger’s 31-year journey at Disney and ABC looked like it could come to an end. Pulitzer prize-winner James B Stewart had released his book DisneyWar, an exposé on Michael Eisner’s 20-year reign as CEO of the

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Customer Commandments and Importance of the ‘R’ in CSR: Ignore this at your Peril

The Ethical Business Book by Sarah Duncan Reviewed by John Foot Sarah Duncan is to be congratulated on producing The Ethical Business Book, a timely and important presentation of “50 ways you can help protect people, the planet, and profits”.

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Atlas Shrugged Meets Mad Max: Billionaires Heading for the Hills

The lone Trump supporter amongst the billionaires of Silicon Valley, venture capitalist and angel investor Peter Thiel (50) – worth an estimated $2.6bn – has all but given up on the future. Convinced that systemic collapse is but a few

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Book Review by Kenneth Rogoff: Crash Time

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Crashed, by the noted Columbia University historian Adam Tooze, offers a sweeping history of the global financial crisis up

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Book Review: Private Island – Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else

A Balance Disturbed for All the Wrong Reasons It remains somewhat of a mystery how Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne manages the UK government’s financial affairs. Presiding over a buoyant economy, planning the biggest privatisation exercise ever, and mandating

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A Sojourn in Davos: Things Will Never Be the Same

Book Review – The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann For all its potential as a canvas for the display of human suffering, sick-lit never quite made it as a genre. In her 1926 essay On Being Ill, Virginia Woolf expressed

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Book Review: Squeezing Cash Out of Milliseconds

Time is money. To high-frequency traders, it means big money. HFTs make cash by being milliseconds faster than the other guy – or system. These are not mom-and-pop investors: high-frequency traders employ ultra-fast Internet connections and powerful computers to catch

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Piketty’s Capital: A Problem Analysed In-Depth but not Solved

When a book on economics cites Honoré de Balzac and Jane Austen to provide evidence, one cannot fail to take note. It sure beats the rather uninspiring conclusion that R > G and this means trouble. The rate of return

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Mauldin and Tepper’s Code Red Reviewed: Code Red or Red Herring?

By Stephanie Kelton If you aren’t already unnerved by what Bernanke & Co. have been doing for the last five years – things like quantitative easing (QE), a zero-interest policy (ZIRP) and large-scale asset purchases (LSAPs) – then reading John

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