“20 Hours Learning Challenge” Revisited

At the end of August I wrote a blog – The “20 Hours” Learning Challenge – inspired by a TedxTalk from Josh Kaufman, entitled “The first 20 Hours – How to learn anything”.  (YouTube link) Kaufman’s theory is that when starting something new, with just…

US Fed Chatter: “Lower for longer” to “faster and further”

The minutes from the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting at the start of November were judged to be supportive of a possible rate hike in December. Federal funds futures contracts are now fully pricing in a 25bps increase, which would see the Fed…

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, it turned out to…

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 is still reeling from…

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?

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 latest media publication to…

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