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Opinion Pieces
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Of Soothsayers and Evangelists

August 23, 2017

There is a new and growing genre in bookshops that conceptually sits somewhere between Politics, History and Economics. It should properly be called P...

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On the Infinite Beauty of Valentino Rossi

August 17, 2017

We arrived by taxi at the track for the Saturday qualifying session and we were late. We had been held up by some poor planning, by breakfast at the h...

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How to Navigate Social Participation at Work

November 18, 2016

As graduates join the workforce of large corporations, chances are they’ll find themselves at social events with colleagues and seniors. Sailing throu...

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Piketty: Profile of an Economic Imperialist

October 31, 2016

Nelson Mandela vowed to liberate all South Africans from the continuing bondage of poverty and deprivation. Twenty-two years later, South Africa remai...

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Tough Love: How to Say “No” to a Client

October 27, 2016

We’ve all heard the old adage “the customer is always right”. Anyone who has worked in client services will tell you it’s true – and nobody says “no” ...

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Hard Skills: The Secret Weapon in a Competitive Job Market

October 5, 2016

Entering the job market with a university degree and no knowledge of hard skills is like being a superhero without special powers. By hard skills I me...

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The JSE Today: Tobacco, Beer and Chinese Texting

September 27, 2016

If one were to conjure up a perennial image of apartheid South Africa, it would have to be one of the grainy photographs taken in Soweto on 16 June 19...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

September 14, 2016

For the past sixty-one years Fortune magazine has published a list of the largest 500 firms in the world. An idiosyncrasy of the list is that it is pu...

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The Craziest Experience I’ve ever Had in Consulting

September 8, 2016

A few years ago, we were asked to assist a bank with their methodology for credit risk models. It was a relatively usual request – with one glaring di...

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Trust starts with the right business attire

August 30, 2016

There’s no arguing that the opportunity to wear more comfortable clothing and express some small sense of personal style boosts team morale – improvin...

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Banking and the Shackles of the Capital Ratio

August 12, 2016

In an online chat group that tracks the banking sector, in a conversation over the poor performance of European banks in the recent stress tests, I wa...

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Bad Medicine and the Body Economic

August 8, 2016

It will more than likely only be in the fullness of time that we will know whether the medicine administered to the broken global financial system fol...

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Wall Street – The Noose Tightens

August 2, 2016

Bank executives observing the recent electoral party conventions in the US must have become increasingly concerned. In the run-up to the most divisive...

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UK Banking and Unintended Consequences

July 29, 2016

When voters in northern England chose on the 23rd of June to leave the European Union, they could not possibly have understood the negative consequenc...

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Vladimir Putin and the Household Budget

July 28, 2016

When Sebastian Coe, a multiple Olympic medalist in the 1500 metres discipline, and currently president of the International Association of Athletics F...

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Death and Taxes – Piketty vs Bettencourt

July 25, 2016

In essence, tax can be simplified into two categories: those that occur before one’s death and those that occur after. Of the two, it is surely the es...

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Banking: The Prisoner’s Dilemma

July 15, 2016

The annual season of banking stress tests is upon us, and already there are victims. The US Federal Reserve has tested 33 institutions, publishing the...

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The Fallacy of Chinese Growth

July 13, 2016

When it was confirmed by Chinese authorities in the 3rd quarter of 2015 that growth had dipped below 7 percent, the equity markets reacted sharply and...

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Nigel Farage: The Life and Death of a Career in Heckling

July 11, 2016

At the very moment that David Cameron met with the 27 remaining leaders of the European Union on the fourth floor of the European Parliament in Brusse...

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Nobel Controversy

June 20, 2011

In his will Alfred Nobel made provision for exactly five prizes to be awarded annually. These would recognise an outstanding contribution in the field...

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The Elusive Objectives of Quantitative Finance

March 6, 2010

It was somewhere over the North Sea, at 30 000 feet of altitude, flying through the thick oppressive blanket of North European winter, that the questi...