Author Archives: JohnB

“We lost because we didn’t win.”

This quote came from a world famous footballer, but it could also  apply to the financial  ministers of the eurozone. To continue the football analogy, they scored one of the worst own goals ever seen. The own goal was  of … Continue reading

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Comedy of errors gangnam style

The papers are full of the news that the UK has been downgraded by one notch to AA1 by the rating agency Moody’s. Whilst that will prove to be a temporary blip, and will cause some angst the real story … Continue reading

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Undercoat or gloss, that is the question

Spring is approaching, and many people are think of brightening  up their homes with a new coat of paint, what colour’s would spruce up the house best, what kind of paint, gloss or silk paint, and of course hours of … Continue reading

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Teach yourself Latin here!

At the beginning of any New Year, people and companies set goals, targets, and of course resolutions. Over 96% of all of these I am told normally fail to last even three months! Now I am not a classic scholar, … Continue reading

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If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck !

The very fact that the phrase ” credit crunch ” has almost disappeared from the news, does not mean in fact that the crunch has lost its bite. If anything, it is tightening its grip.  Let me explain, after 4 … Continue reading

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Basel 3, the rest 0

The implementation of Basel 3 will commence on the 1st of January 2013. This auspicious start could well pass most of the population by without a care or a thought. However, to simply gloss this over as just another EU … Continue reading

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Singing from the same song sheet?

I think that we ought to appoint Gareth Malone as the new head of the IMF, ECB, and any other major financial institution. I know that may sound a bit on the drastic side, but why not? Gareth Malone has … Continue reading

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Lending Drought Continues?

I think that we are all aware the the UK economy is just bumping along, and one of the main causes of this is the current lending drought. In a recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce, when asked … Continue reading

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European Leasing is a departmental store, discuss!

After spending most of last and this week in different parts of Europe, I have come to the conclusion that the world of European equipment leasing is no different from a large departmental store. Be it Galerie Lafayette, in France, … Continue reading

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Super Mario hits the jackpot?

Last week, Mario Draghi rolled the dice and held his breath. He received the news that he had hoped for on Wednesday. The Dutch elections went the way of  pro euro parties, and the constitutional German court in Karlsruhe also … Continue reading

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