Welcome to Laburnum Consulting

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 Future of Money

Among the many changes the pandemic has wrought on society, one very clear one is a hastening of the demise of cash. Notes and coin are used far less than 2 years ago, and the trend to a cashless society will only continue, with a range of electronic and technology-based payment methods jostling for space in consumers’ wallets. What does this plethora of payment options imply, and does it pose any threat to central banks and their role in the payment system?

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Central banks and the return of inflation

The evidence is growing that inflation in western economies is going to be both higher than was at first predicted, and last for longer than was hoped. Yet central banks continue to claim that it is transitory, and seem very reluctant to do very much to counter it. Given that previous generations of central bankers were determined to act early and aggressively against threatened inflation, this needs some explaining.

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