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My American Adventure: a week in Havana

Hola mis amigos I am writing from Fidel country, Cuba. I am based in the centre of Havana, close to old Havana – the centre of the original colonial city and the main tourist attraction. From my balcony facing onto … Continue reading

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My American Adventure: more time on the road

Hola mis amigos The adventure continues. It is a cold December here in Xela in the mountains of Guatemala; central heating is a luxury we don’t have! Still, it is nice. The last couple of months have been unbelievable, so … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Donald Trump’s “America First”

“Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength” – Donald Trump Donald Trump has many people worried. For whatever Trump may have said to win the election, nobody is really sure what he stands for. The celebrity billionaire is new … Continue reading

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ECB monetary policy: key comments from Draghi

Following the European Central Bank’s latest monetary policy committee meeting, ECB President Mario Draghi reassured investors of his commitment to do more if needed to achieve “a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its inflation aim”. Interest … Continue reading

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World Bank forecasts higher global economic growth

The World Bank has embraced the early year optimism on the outlook for the global economy. In their latest quarterly economic report, the World Bank forecasts a moderate acceleration in global economic growth, up from an estimated post-crisis low of … Continue reading

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Trump rally defies market consensus

Market Recap There is no doubt that last week will be a week to remember for the world, the election of Donald Trump as President. For all the fear around such a result in the lead up to voting day, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Donald Trump Victory

You are hired. The next President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. While in many ways it is not surprising, the decision has sent shockwaves across the world. The initial panic in markets has subsided but the world … Continue reading

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US Presidential Election: Initial Thoughts

I wasn’t intending to write anything on the US Presidential Election because it is just a pantomime at this stage. An old celebrity billionaire (depending on who is counting) and another Clinton. Is that how bad things have become?

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US Presidential Election: The Nuclear Option

Donald Trump bad. Hilary Clinton good. That is the general narrative on most discussions around the impact of the 2016 US Presidential election on the global economy, the US economy and the Irish economy. The Economist Magazine has become the … Continue reading

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Chinese GDP data surprises, in line with expectations…..

Chinese third quarter GDP data surprised everyone, coming out right in line with market expectations. The economy grew by an annual rate of 6.7% in the third quarter, providing comfort that Chinese authorities have steadied the ship. The central planners … Continue reading

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