Category: View from the City

London Property – What’s driving it ??

Much has been written in recent months about the seemingly unassailable rise of the London property market. To focus on why this has occurred, there are a few dynamics that have to be explored ;- The economic engine of London…

How capital markets firms got established and operated before the era of regulation

In February I managed to blag (so I’m blogging it now) my way to the London Hilton for a conference entitled “European Family Office Conference”. The cost was almost $3,000 but I managed a freebie less my cost to get…

Russia should be allowed to extend its EMPIRE

Russia should be allowed to extend its empire. For the last 6 months or so the media has projected images of the slaughter in Syria and highlighted the clear divisions between the West (USA, UK, and France) & the Russian…

Welcome to ZOMBIEVILLE

Since my last post in December I haven’t posted a blog either on Enterprise Britain or Hoblyn & King so apologies for the apparent arid writing conditions but I do have a confession to make and a sort of (poor)…

Where next for the UK economy and house prices?

An article in the Telegraph reported on the changing economic outlook for the UK. There is not necessarily any cause for undue concern at the moment but there is a definite change of mood taking place and the focus on…

FREEDOM…..my experience

I remember sitting in various stockbrokers, offices during the early 1980’s listening to ‘experienced’, elderly and wise stockbrokers discussing the upcoming ‘Big Bang’ in the City. Many of them were saying that the exchange, the market and the country would…

Sixteen Trillion and Counting

The next time you turn on your television and hear democrats, republicans, liberal democrats, tories, whigs et all discuss any form of National Debt spare a thought for the American middle classes who are staring at bankruptcy. Many people have…

Opportunity Knocks if you’re from over the pond

I was recollecting what DaveCam has so often said about ‘Opportunity’ in the UK. My confession is that I’ve blogged about the Conservative hyprocrisy about opportunity before. Let’s have a recap shall we? I’ve thought for some years that “opportunity…

Red Tape RED OCTOBER

I’ve been a vocal opponent of ALL forms of regulation for some years now as readers of this blog know too well. Not only that I am against ALL forms of reconditioning of the workforce. By that I mean this…

Black Monday -25th Anniversary

Where were you on BLACK MONDAY? I’ve been asked this a few times over the years and since CNBC is doing a bulletin on it today here is my recollection. Actually the problems started in the weeks prior to 19th…