Money Matters

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…
It’s incredibly important to budget for your children, not only now but also for the future; after all the years pass quickly!
China Depending on your view, China is either the future economic powerhouse or the home of huge credit and property bubbles. Those who invested in the Fidelity China Region fund…
Spain A great concern for Spain is yet another huge credit bubble caused by low interest rates on debt. The country has more than a trillion USD of debt and…
Markets Developed equity markets tended to rise significantly in value in 2013, as the MSCI Equity Index shows (see chart 1). However, whether this is a sign of QE policies…
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