Bulletin: the global commodity stories of 2013

Earlier this week I spent some time with Javier Blas, the FT’s delightful and clever Commodities Editor. Over an expresso we talked about skiing (Javier is an expert, his father was a national champion) and the outlook for Spain (poor) and the year ahead. Javier talked me through the big events coming up in commodities […]

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Notes on the future of America

On Wednesday 14th November my firm hosted a discussion between Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG (UK Ambassador to the US, 2007/12) and Justin Webb (BBC Today Programme Presenter and BBC North American Editor, 2006/09) at the Royal Automobile Club in London. Here is a summary I wrote up that afternoon: 1. The 2012 Presidential Election Result The satirical news […]

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Two black swans prepare for take off

When I was running the cross-party campaign opposing UK membership of the euro (‘europe yes, euro no‘, 2000-03), the things that used to keep me awake at night were the things over which I had no control. I wasn’t worried about raising enough money, or winning the daily skirmishes against our opponents, or building our […]

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2012 could be more difficult than 2011

I have just come off the phone to an acquaintance of mine who lives in Beijing. He is Chinese, and older than me, old enough to have worked for Deng Xiaoping, China’s reforming Leader, during the 1980s. My acquaintance’s career has taken him around the world as a diplomat and an academic and a banker. […]

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