The objective of monetisation has not been to put money in the hands of consumers and businesses but to put money in the vaults of banks.
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13 February 2013, Financial Times
13 June 2012, Financial Times
To pass the watchtowers and barbed-wire fences on the Finnish-Russian border is to be reminded of how fragile, and how recent, are the stability and security we take for granted today.
26 August 2011, Financial Times
After mistaken claims made ahead of the global crisis won much academic support, long-held assumptions were called into question – but the real world often remains overlooked or ignored.
27 July 2011, Financial Times
In the dollar bill auction, one party eventually scores a pyrrhic victory and takes possession of the dollar bill. Both parties lose, but the smaller loser is the person who sticks out longest. That is not usually the rational player.
20 April 2011, Financial Times
Consistency is the defining principle of rational choice theory. John looks instead to Ralph Waldo Emerson ‘a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds’.
06 April 2011, Financial Times
The share of financial services in national income has increased. Should we be pleased, or concerned, by this development?
03 March 2011, Financial Times
We will succeed in managing financial risk better only when we come to recognise the limitations of formal modelling. Control of risk is almost entirely a matter of management competence, well-crafted incentives, robust structures and systems, and simplicity and transparency of design.
22 December 2010, Financial Times
Incentives and rewards are not the same thing, and people who complain that the spirit of Christmas is eroded by commercialisation are not simply priggish. The direct juxtaposition of the purely commercial exchange with the exchange based solely on mutual affection is offensive and unstable.
24 November 2010, Financial Times
The dynamism of a market economy comes from innovation in products and processes, and radical innovation in products and processes often – in fact usually – comes from outside the existing market structure.
10 November 2010, Financial Times
Sophistication of method is used to torture data to reveal conclusions that do not obviously follow from them, but which fit either the researchers’ preconceptions or the sponsor’s policy objectives, or both.
29 April 2009, Financial Times
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