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Boomers: France Given its culture of low levels of credit and the predominance of fixed-rate mortgages, it would be natural to assume that house prices in the Republic evolve slowly.…
When it comes to investment, one obvious place to put money is in bricks and mortar. Despite the global financial crisis (GFC), house prices have continued to rise in some…
When localizing the global economy to nation-state level, there is understandably often a clear link with a country’s history. Despite its modernization, Thailand has such a link, which to a…
Back in March, Russia’s authorisation of its armed forces to be used in Ukraine brought about widespread condemnation, particularly from the EU1 and the US2. Before the Crimean crisis broke…

Coup d’état or Coup de Grâce?

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
The change in government on 22nd May seems to have occasioned a very different response from inside Thailand compared with the world outside. The international media were quick to condemn…
Given certain diplomats’ comments and the foreign news coverage about the latest in a line of coups d’état in Thailand, you would think Thailand was the worst place to do…
Endogenous money Foremost among those economists who have long rejected the ‘state-of-the-art’ in their models, and refused to teach it in their classrooms, is Professor Steve Keen: a long-time proponent…
A few weeks back I appeared as guest host on CNBC’s Squawk Box, where I mentioned the Bank of England’s (BoE) admissions about monetarist policies. The presenters’ reactions were a…
With the U.S. leading the way in governments seeking to tax citizens’ revenue, wherever in the world they may live, the pressure has intensified in recent years on financial centres…
On 8th May Thailand’s Immigration Bureau announced that border posts would no longer allow ‘out-in’ border crossings for visitors to extend their stay in Thailand, unless it was for the…
Since the military coup d’état was announced on Thursday 22nd May, there have been varying reports and statements issued via the numerous national consulates in Bangkok and around Thailand. In…
During last September’s election campaign, Australia’s eventual new Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised tax cuts and no new taxes, pledging “no surprises, no excuses”.1
If you believe what you read on the internet, many financial advisors have a reputation only slightly worse than a soi dog or a klong rat. Reputation In fact, one…
As the dust settles after UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s ‘Budget’ speech in March, it is becoming increasingly apparent that his attempt at “pulling a rabbit from the…
If your stint as an expat is coming to an end, there are several things to bear in mind. Whilst leaving your home country to work abroad takes a lot…
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