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Words, actions & meaning….

Tuesday 27th September 2016

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • Janet Yellen has a bad habit….
  • Mark Carney is afflicted with it too….
  • Words divorced from meaning….
  • What exactly is being managed here?

Janet Yellen has a bad habit….

It’s a funny thing but in the world of money there is frequently a clear disconnect between words put out into the public domain and the attendant actions that follow them….

Take the words of Janet Yellen, for instance. The Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in America – their equivalent of the Bank of England – has been saying all year that the market can expect an interest rate hike.

The words have seemed reasonable enough. After all, back in December last year she raised interest rates for the first time in 8 years. She appeared to have set the ball rolling.

But the Federal Reserve has not actually raised rates at all during the whole of 2016.

It’s as though Yellen is suffering from a case of the yips. She knows what part of the board she wants to aim at, but doesn’t seem able to let go of the dart….

In May a poor jobs report stayed Yellen’s hand….… Click here to read more

How it looks from here….

Tuesday 20th September 2016

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • Snapshot….
  • The nightmare has not materialized….
  • Nobody knows….
  • Mixed signals….


Stocks in the UK and in America continue to increase in value or look very expensive depending on whether you’re holding them or thinking about buying them….

The FTSE 100, the FTSE 250, the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 are all at or close to their 10-year-highs.

In the round, it’s not a great time to be buying stocks. It’s probably a much better time to be selling them.

Gold is at altitude too – as high as it’s been since 2013 and not a million miles away from the 20-year high point it hit back in 2011.

Meanwhile the pound, which dropped off one cliff back in 2008 and then another following the referendum in June, continues to struggle against the dollar and the euro. In August the average value of the pound against a basket of currencies was the 4th lowest figure recorded since 1980….

The pound’s relative weakness will have consequences which are yet to play out. Imports will cost more. Consumer purchasing power will be squeezed. But on the upside, exporters are as competitive and as bullish as they’ve been in a long while.… Click here to read more

Cash is a curse?

Tuesday 13th September 2016

In this issue of Money Truths….

  • Cash is a curse?
  • Rogoff’s first step….
  • Government’s ultimate ambition….
  • The ceaseless creep of the cashless society….
  • Britain moving inexorably towards cashless….

Cash is a curse?

Cash is a curse. So says Kenneth Rogoff, a professor at Harvard University and a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund….

The Curse of Cash is the title of his new book in which he argues that it is time for a less-cash society – not just in America but globally.

He stops short of proposing a fully cashless society where notes and coins would cease to exist. But that is where this argument is headed – whether or not Rogoff ultimately does the arguing….

Like the international grandmaster of chess that he is, Rogoff uses his new book to get the anti-cash lobby’s pieces in place. He’s not going straight for a check-mate position. That’s for later. For now he’s content to set-up, win pieces and help build a position….

Big changes designed to permanently remove your rights and liberties are rarely imposed on a just-like-that basis. You need a really big event – something like 9/11 – to justify any big and immediate stripping-away of individual freedom….… Click here to read more