December 2018


Global markets in worst year since 2008

Image copyright Getty Images Investors will be glad to see the back of 2018 after many global stock markets suffered their worst year in a decade. The FTSE 100’s traditional early New Year’s Eve close…


A whole new world for free trade?

Image copyright Getty Images The final weeks of 2018 have been dramatic, to say the least. Global stock markets are roiling, disturbed in part by the anti-free market trade sentiment that continues to roll-out of…


‘Always follow your gut instinct’

British company Grenade started off making specialist protein products for athletes. However, founder Alan Barratt had a gut feeling that many people would prefer to eat his protein bars rather than sugary chocolate bars. His…


Order, order – updated rules for MPs’ behaviour

Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor With tensions riding high in Parliament, Speaker John Bercow has set MPs some holiday reading – posting out an updated version of the Rules of behaviour and courtesies for the…


What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand’s economy was forced to diversify after the UK joined the European Economic Community Brexit is, to put it mildly, an unusual event. But there are precedents for…



Who really influences the price of oil?

Opec, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has certainly had its share of criticism over many years. President Trump recently accused the group of “ripping off the rest of the world” and keeping oil…


Will Opec defy Trump’s call for low oil prices?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia is said to be leading the call for Opec members to cut production Initially it is difficult see what President Donald Trump and Usman Ahsan, a taxi…