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We are an advisory and consulting company with expertise in finance and economics, especially in the official sector. We aim to provide original, independent analysis and commentary on economic and geo-political affairs.

We offer a newsletter and regular articles to our subscribers, and a bespoke advisory and consulting service. For the most recent articles go to our Latest articles page. Earlier articles are held in our Articles Archive, which can be accessed on the Latest articles page via the Categories list on the right. The Archive contains all articles published since 2002.

Latest Articles

The Bank’s dilemma

Later this week the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (the MPC) is due to hold its next meeting, and once again all eyes will be on them to see if they raise rates from their current 0.75%. Most commentators are predicting a further rise, to at least 1%. But there are a number of reasons why this is not such a foregone conclusion as it might appear, and a number of issues which could cause the Bank to hesitate.

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Book Review: The Worm in the Apple

The story of Britain’s relationship with the EU and its precursors over the last 75 years is to a large extent the story of the Conservative Party’s internal debate on the matter. The Tories have at various times been aloof, dismissive, enthusiastic, half‑hearted, complaining and finally overtly hostile to the plans and dreams of the UK’s neighbours. A new book by Conservative peer Lord Tugendhat explores this, and explains why the party that took the UK into Europe was also the party that 43 years later took the country out.

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