Globalisation is a highly contentious issue with many advocates and detractors. Nonetheless, throughout history, free trade has generally been good for prosperity, whereas periods of protectionism, such as those of the Corn Laws and Great Depression, have not.
‘The aggregation of marginal gains’ is a doctrine made famous by Sir Dave Brailsford - architect of Great Britain’s astonishing success in competitive cycling. Brailsford explains it as “the 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do.” His belief is that if you improve every area by just 1 percent, then those small gains will add up to remarkable improvement.
In an age of quantitative easing, negative interest rates, low oil prices and limited spending, many investors could be forgiven for finding the global economy increasingly difficult to understand. We look at some of the driving forces and consider how best to respond to a frequently puzzling picture.
Ken Buckley and Yasmin Tredell have been chosen to represent ARION2 team at the 2016 Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada in September.
With no apparent end to the tragedy in Syria, are there universal rules that can be applied to resolve any conflict? We consider the process of reconciliation and peace and ask whether there is always genuine hope or whether, as the Syrian situation threatens to prove, there may be some instances where the sword is simply mightier than the pen.
We are delighted to be working with The Spectator as lead sponsor of its 2016 debate series. These debates will allow us to demonstrate our impartial, fact-based analysis as well hear from leading protagonists on important current issues.
Financial planning is sometimes viewed as convoluted, with its complicated rules and ever-changing legislation and tax rates. There are, however, some simple steps that most individuals can take to organise their financial affairs more efficiently, as well as ’future-proofing’ against legislative and fiscal changes.
It is wise to be aware of the fast-changing ISA landscape and how it is transforming the way we save for and spend in retirement. Most of the innovations in the sector are to be welcomed, but are some of the more recent too far removed from the simplicity that made their predecessors so attractive?