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In a past life I worked for banks...now I write about them, and about finance and economics generally. I'm an alumnus of Cass Business School, where I did an MBA with a specialism in finance and risk management. I spent 17 years working for various banks, from large to small, retail and investment banks, and even a charity (yes, there is a charity that is a bank!). I'm a singer and musician as well, and left banking 10 years ago to concentrate on

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Optimising the Eurozone
Economics

Optimising the Eurozone

It is often said that the Eurozone's unemployment problem arises from the fact that it is not an optimum currency area. But the real problem is Eurozone governance.

The broken contract
Economics

The broken contract

The traditional contract between man and woman is broken beyond repair. But it was a contract that institutionalised inequality and antagonism between the sexes. We should not mourn its passing.

A terrible stability
Economics

A terrible stability

Unemployment across the EU is shockingly high, and inflation shockingly low. And they appear to be stabilising at these levels. Is a toxic equilibrium developing?

Ultra-liquidity
Economics 7 Comments

Ultra-liquidity

Technology changes and post-crisis monetary policy are making financial assets and money indistinguishable. Central banks now need to work in partnership with fiscal authorities.

Zombie alert!
Companies 1 Comment

Zombie alert!

There is a prevalent view that part of the reason for the UK’s slow recovery is the existence of "zombie companies" that should have died in the recession. But what is the evidence for this?

The desert of plenty
Economics

The desert of plenty

Throughout history, humans have dreamed of a world of plenty....but now it is on the horizon, it doesn't look quite so attractive. Do we really want abundance?

Who should run banks?
Sectors 1 Comment

Who should run banks?

Banking is different from any other business. At the heart of it are risks that cannot be eliminated, only managed. So those who run banks must be competent to manage those risks.

Financial dislocation
Sectors 6 Comments

Financial dislocation

The financial system has become dislocated from the real economy, seeing its own activities as an end in themselves. It must be restored to its real function of supporting people and businesses.

A broken model
Sectors 4 Comments

A broken model

There is a fundamental conflict at the heart of banking that makes it untenable as a business proposition in the current climate. The traditional model of deposit-taking and lending is broken.

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RT @pmarca: We @a16z were proud to have @vgr as Philosopher In Residence last year. Read his new content series "Breaking Smart"! http://t.…

RT @Frances_Coppola: New Forbes post. The wheels are already coming off the Greek deal: http://t.co/12vPA9878B