Friday, August 05, 2016

Should you cash in your final salary pension? - FT.com

Should you cash in your final salary pension? - FT.com

US economy: Decline of the start-up nation - FT.com#axzz4GS5eHvew

Why do the narratives always expect things to stay the same, they never will, the why is important, positive and negative! Will watch for this in 2020 and 2030!




US economy: Decline of the start-up nation - FT.com#axzz4GS5eHvew

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Eight charts showing state of UK economy before Bank of England rate decision - FT.com

8 charts of the mid and short term will be interesting to watch!




Eight charts showing state of UK economy before Bank of England rate decision - FT.com

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Elon Musk’s vision is a masterclass in communication - FT.com#axzz4G4JTAKNU

Ive loved following Elon Musk journey, full of new energy!




Elon Musk’s vision is a masterclass in communication - FT.com#axzz4G4JTAKNU

Three Brexit ministers jostle for position - FT.com




Three Brexit ministers jostle for position - FT.com




A few weeks in the making, a few years in the baking but watching what the EU does, what it changes and reforms will be just as interesting if not more so over the coming years!

After all national govts and agencies more than the EU owned this stuff, rightly IMHO!

http://www.ft.com/fastft/2016/08/02/juncker-to-appoint-new-uk-commissioner-as-security-chief/

Monday, August 01, 2016

Ex-Goldman star threatens to quit over UK’s China policy - FT.com

The son of a postman fighting for action on drug resistance, good man!

 Will be interesting to see how it works out with his new dance partners and the lead in high heels!




Ex-Goldman star threatens to quit over UK’s China policy - FT.com

Thursday, July 28, 2016

May is right about reforming capitalism - FT.com

Women in a position of power from 2016 to 2020 if not 2030 will be important for sure, in the UK, Scotland, USA and UN, lets see!!

May is right about reforming capitalism - FT.com

Watch President Barack Obama Full Speech At The DNC 2016 - YouTube

Worth seeing him speak about the past and the future as well as Hillary!




Watch President Barack Obama Full Speech At The DNC 2016 - YouTube

Friday, July 22, 2016

2016 part 1

Well with COP21 and www.globalgoals.org kicking in 2016 was always going to be historic for the right reasons.


We also need to keep an eye on 2016 for the wrong reasons:


Russia and Drugs
Brazil and corruption
Turkey and democracy
USA presidential election
EU and its ability to move beyond Brexit


I wonder which will prove most pivotal!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Global elites must heed the warning of populist rage - FT.com

The over use of the world populist, nationalist, etc etc

perpetuates the problem! Political narrative and discourse instead of common sense get on with the job!

Global elites must heed the warning of populist rage - FT.com


Monday, July 18, 2016

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists - Vox

Over next 5 yrs it'll be interesting to track science for global health and poverty reasons but also the brexit debate.

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists - Vox

Friday, July 15, 2016

The man who put Pokémon Go on the map - FT.com#axzz4ET8Cuf8P

Augmented reality offers so mych more in terms of social good around the world. At least the learning is starting with scale.




The man who put Pokémon Go on the map - FT.com#axzz4ET8Cuf8P

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Intergenerational social mobility: a Europe wide picture – 3RD INTERNATIONAL ESS CONFERENCE

Interesting!




Social mobility
Low in Italy & Hungary
High in Slovenia, Estonia, & UK




Intergenerational social mobility: a Europe wide picture – 3RD INTERNATIONAL ESS CONFERENCE

Monday, July 11, 2016

Theresa May vows corporate crackdown on ‘privileged few’ - FT.com

A lot of the issues here are real ones, let see how it plays out now that she is the only candidate and effectively shoe horned into no.10!




Theresa May vows corporate crackdown on ‘privileged few’ - FT.com

Thursday, July 07, 2016

EU budget: the post-Brexit challenges for London and Brussels - FT.com#axzz4DRa1SNhl?ftcamp=engage/social_promo/b2cengaged/google/brexitcrm2016/crm

You can feel the narrative changing in the press and EU already, especially when you read the first and last paragraphs of so many cutting now!




EU budget: the post-Brexit challenges for London and Brussels - FT.com#axzz4DRa1SNhl?ftcamp=engage/social_promo/b2cengaged/google/brexitcrm2016/crm

Brexit barometer: Leave vote hits the high street - FT.com#axzz4DdNJkX7c#axzz4DdNJkX7c#axzz4DdNJkX7c

Some interesting indicators to keep track of over the next two or three years!




Brexit barometer: Leave vote hits the high street - FT.com#axzz4DdNJkX7c#axzz4DdNJkX7c#axzz4DdNJkX7c

Monday, July 04, 2016

Renzi ready to defy Brussels and bail out Italy’s troubled banks - FT.com#axzz4DQj4oYkn

While the FUD of project fear and a few cases of buyers-redemption has rattled around in the UK press for a week, the news is rolling to the adjustment or otherwise that Eruope will make in the face of the EU. Interesting time!

Renzi ready to defy Brussels and bail out Italy’s troubled banks - FT.com#axzz4DQj4oYkn

"The threat has raised alarm among Europe’s regulators, who fear such a brazen intervention would devastate the credibility of the union’s newly implemented banking rule book during its first real test. In the race to find workable solutions, Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, has laid out options for Rome to address its banking problems without breaking the bail-in principles of Europe’s banking union.  

Italy is the eurozone’s biggest vulnerability following the shock outcome of the UK vote to leave the EU, with bank stocks plunging by a third. Concerns are building before the outcome of bank stress test results due this month and a constitutional referendum in Italy in early October, on which Mr Renzi has wagered his job. Citi has described the referendum as “probably the single biggest risk on the European political landscape this year outside the UK”.







http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cc4028fa-411f-11e6-b22f-79eb4891c97d.html#axzz4DQj4oYkn

"But Mr Juppé said he did not foresee any concrete action from the 27 remaining EU leaders this year, especially with elections in France and Germany next year. Paralysis, he said, risks emboldening the anti-EU populist parties."



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What do Europeans really think about British culture? - BBC Three

What do Europeans really think about British culture? - BBC Three

UK economy: GDP growth, interest rates and inflation statistics

I wish I had seen this page before and captured the images. I will be revisiting this in 6 months, 1 yr, 3 yrs, 5yr and 10yrs time to understand Brexit better!




UK economy: GDP growth, interest rates and inflation statistics




In the means time:

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlzyFtrWFLlzpO0Bp4JJMxwjgFMiKg the screen shots 29/06/16

Monday, June 27, 2016

2020 vision!? Visual acuity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I always wondered why they called it that.




Visual acuity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




With the UK next big vote set for 2020, there might be one before, it seems more appropriate than ever. And by then we will only be ten years from 2030, how exciting www.globalgoals.org


EU and Breixt: chatter to morph, action to morph ahead of it. Roll on 2020

Leave voters: Surprised', 'anxious' and 'pleased' - BBC News




http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/26/brexit-was-a-backlash-against-globalisation-the-poorest-are-being-left-behind-everywhere




http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/26/brexit-was-a-backlash-against-globalisation-the-poorest-are-being-left-behind-everywhere




Come back in 2 and 5 yrs time!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brexit fears turn Mexico into new EM whipping boy

Turbulance no doubt either way but will the financial system punish other countries for brexit? Is that global justice?

Brexit fears turn Mexico into new EM whipping boy




and the overnight prep for turbulence, who presses which button http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/91c9de4c-387c-11e6-a780-b48ed7b6126f.html#axzz4CJfyQahB


The odds of 10/1 brexit remind me of the odds given for a majority at the last election, people should have taken the puint!

The end of products, the end of ownership. Is this the future of business circular? | World Economic Forum

The Internet of Things (IoT) mentioned in the context of the circular economy is an interesting mix for the future!




The end of products, the end of ownership. Is this the future of business circular? | World Economic Forum

Friday, June 17, 2016

Lunch with the FT: Adair Turner - FT.com#axzz4BqSEtGLR

A good read from EU to China, from Nigeria to Japan. His gyrations over time are interesting!




Lunch with the FT: Adair Turner - FT.com#axzz4BqSEtGLR




Him and Ken Clark with Gisela Stuart and Frank Field would make for a very interesting discussion group!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Brexit

The video section here is quite useful. See lower right hand side!







Brexit

Painful choices still hang over Greece - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Contagion post Greek, Irish bail outs seems to have been averted for Portugal, Spain and Italy, but has it and at who's expense?







Ive no idea how this impacts on the Brexit issue and the credibility of the EU and Euro but it certainly looks like a matter of time before some camp or other comes clean!


"Meanwhile, the IMF has to decide on its own position. It has now thrown down the gauntlet to the eurozone. Germany wants the IMF in, but not the IMF’s demands on debt. So Berlin must choose. If the IMF does not get the concessions it seeks, it is honour bound to withdraw from the Greek mess. It should do so. It might be unable to save Greece. But it can at least save itself."




Painful choices still hang over Greece - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Monday, June 06, 2016

Brexit poll spurs UK market anxiety - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Oh dear, follow the money or follow the people!

Short term or long term, who wins either way?




Brexit poll spurs UK market anxiety - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ






"A twin poll lead for Brexit campaigners heightened financial market anxiety on Monday, as currency volatility intensified and investors sought government debt ahead of the referendum on June 23."





“Were Brexit to occur we see a real risk of a sterling crisis against the backdrop of twin fiscal and current account deficits,” said Mark Dowding, co-head of investment grade debt at BlueBay Asset Management.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Christine Lagarde’s response to the Wetherspoon beer mats - FT.com#axzz4AF4mnp6f

I think the last three weeks of the referendum are going to get interesting! see...




Christine Lagarde’s response to the Wetherspoon beer mats - FT.com#axzz4AF4mnp6f




I still want to be an "in" but the arguments either side haven't been great, forecasts being just that.

Immigration and economics are not the big issues for the UK in my mind, political competence and especially accountability are and two even minded politicians I draw on for this include Gisela Stuart MP and Frank Field MP:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FjBkLZN151w and  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzxU3GJz7AE

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Microsoft to take $950m writedown on smartphone business - FT.com#axzz49T3t0yxL

I was involved way back in 2000 trying to get Steve Balmer interest in mobile moving within the organisation but having worked at Microsoft for 10 yrs and then trying to deal with them from outside it was obvious that his foot soldiers just didn't get it and weren't prepared to be honest about that to him or  others up and down their organisation. Having visited Nokia at that time as well, they were so fixated with Symbian that they just never believed their approach was broken.




I blogged on this way way bak 2005, 2010, just wonder where it goes in the next 5 yrs. Their current phone shows so promise but partnerships and execution will be critical!




Microsoft to take $950m writedown on smartphone business - FT.com#axzz49T3t0yxL

Monday, May 16, 2016

FIN4DEV: Philanthropists can’t eradicate global poverty, but we can make a start | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Prior to the launch of the SDG's last year the Financing for Development conference in addis adoba pulled much of the work and thinking of many years in this area together. Since then much has been written and started to come together. MOOC's out there from the likes of Coursera cover Fin4Dev they can be found and they should how the wheel can turn when the cogs of all sectors get joined up and put into gear. #Hopeful #SDG #2030




Philanthropists can’t eradicate global poverty, but we can make a start | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sadiq Khan offers new role model for young European Muslims - FT.com

Its a good day for London and a good day for social mobility! London must celebrate Sadiq Khan and we all hope that he provides the leadership for further bold steps in making London proud!




"By voting in Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, the UK capital has provided a much-needed role model for Muslim youth who feel, rightly or wrongly, that they are socially marginalised. Though he is not the only prominent Muslim in the UK, he is the first Muslim mayor of a major western city. The symbolism is important."




Sadiq Khan offers new role model for young European Muslims - FT.com




Will be interesting to see what the European leadership demographic looks like by 2020, 2025 and 2030. I hope Britain and Britain's shows the way!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Musk’s Hyperloop dream takes small step towards reality - FT.com

Like I did with #SpaceX and #Tesla following #Hyperloop will be impressive Im sure. Go Elon Musk!




Ive posted earlier comments if you search Hyperloop




Musk’s Hyperloop dream takes small step towards reality - FT.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com

Clinton will win BUT Is it ordinary people backing him or is it the richer end of the middle classes if not the ultra rich elite?

How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com#axzz48FEFh7dY







Themes yes, but what has brought this on? Is it a great trend or was it that no half competent republican stepped forwards knowing they couldn't win, thus left a vacuum for a Trump, Farage, Le Pen, Salmon or Sturgeon to be sucked in. (USA, UK, FR, Scotland, etc). Only time will tell but watching the Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Estonia, Norway and Spain will be interesting in the run up to 2020 regardless of the further inflection from Brexit!




Trump



What are those ideas? I would highlight five. First, a rejection of globalisation and free trade. This, of course, is a theme that Mr Trump shares with Bernie Sanders on the left of the Democratic party. Its influence can already be seen in the way in which Mrs Clinton has backed away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that she once championed.




The second theme is nationalism, epitomised by Mr Trump’s slogan of “America First”. In Europe, nationalism implies a rejection of the EU. But the global implications of American nationalism are much more serious since the US underpins the whole international security system and issues the world’s reserve currency, the dollar.




A third idea is the embrace of the notion of a “clash of civilisations” between the west and Islam. Even as President George W Bush launched a “war on terror” in 2001, he rejected the idea that the US is at war with Islam itself. Mr Trump, with his talk of temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the US, has essentially embraced the idea of inevitable conflict between the west and the Islamic world.




A fourth theme is a relentless assault on the “elite”, including Washington, Wall Street and the universities. A populist distrust of elites has been a perennial theme in US politics for decades, if not centuries. But growing inequality, immigration and the financial crisis have driven anti-elite rhetoric to new levels. As a New York billionaire, Mr Trump is an unlikely tribune of the common man. But he has played the card effectively during the campaign.


A fifth and related trend is the denunciation of the mainstream media as untrustworthy and an embrace of alternative, conspiratorial narratives that are flourishing on the internet. Mr Trump, for example, has promoted the baseless idea that President Barack Obama was not born in the US. This embrace of conspiracy theories is pernicious for democracy, which requires some agreement on basic facts as the foundation for debate.




Variants of these five trends are also flourishing on the far right in Europe. The governments of Poland and Hungary are in the hands of parties that preach a Trumpian mix of nationalism, fear of Islam, distrust of the “liberal” media and anti-globalism. In France, Mr Le Pen’s daughter, Marine, is likely to make it to the final round of the presidential election in 2017.








How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com#axzz48FEFh7dY