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The Biggest Avoidable Policy Disaster in British Politics

I prefer true but imperfect knowledge, even if it leaves much indetermined and unpredictable, to a pretence of exact knowledge...

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Once upon a time, there was a wise and kindly Emperor, with a faithful retainer called Sid. One day, the Emperor took...

Pop goes everything

The years since the 2008 financial crisis have been among the strangest in the history of monetary policy. Interest rates have been lower than...

Capturing the regulators

A new book by Financial Times journalist Dan McCrum tells the story of Wirecard. The German company, which acted as a payment processor (an...

Why competitiveness should not become a goal for the FCA

The promotion of competition is  an existing aim of financial regulation. But in proposals around the Future Regulatory Framework in the Queen’s...

Bitcoin: Boon or Bubble?

https://soundcloud.com/curioio/john-kay-bitcoin-boon-or/s-UenQt Boon or Bubble? Is Bitcoin a bubble, a scam, a Ponzi scheme? Or a transformational innovation which will change forever the functioning of the global...

Risk, the retail investor and disastrous new rules

I am a board director of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (SMIT), a £6bn investment fund based in Edinburgh. You can receive material about the...

The real meaning of risk for retail investors: John Kay takes...

John was recently interviewed about a forthcoming FT Money article by Claer Barrett. Listen to the interview via the FT, via Soundcloud, or subscribe...

I Kid you not, new European rules rely on a bent...

European regulations which came into force at the start of the year require many providers of Prips (packaged retail investment products) to produce a...

Asset managers should compete on philosophy and style

The asset management sector in the UK is very competitive, but not very price competitive. This apparent paradox runs through the FCA’s report on asset management, but is never adequately recognised or explained. But only by acknowledging it can regulators help to create an industry which works better for investors and for the economy as a whole.

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