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The M&G Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz 2017

Here is the 11th annual Christmas Quiz.  20 questions, and the closing date for entries is midday on Friday 22nd December.  Please email your answers to us at bondteam@bondvigilantes.co.uk.  The winner will get glory, and in lieu of a golden trophy, M&G has donated £500 to Cancer Research UK, through CASCAID.  CASCAID is the UK asset management industry’s effort to raise £2 million for this bri…

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One year, one hundred climbs. Thanks everyone. CASCAID is well on its way to raising £2 million for Cancer Research UK.

I did it! On 12th November I rode up the 100th and final hill of my challenge, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.

 

The UK asset management industry has now raised nearly £2 million over the course of this year through CASCAID.  All this money will be going directly to Cancer Research UK.  The target was £1 million, so a huge thanks to all those who have donated to the huge variety of different events…

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Grave New World by Stephen King. Interview for BVTV, and win a copy of his book.

With the UK’s vote for Brexit, Trump’s election, and the rise of Le Pen in France, it feels as if there is a backlash against the “Washington Consensus” and globalisation.  Stephen King, economic adviser at HSBC has made this the topic of his latest book, “Grave New World: the end of globalisation, the return of history”.

In this short video, the latest in our series of interviews with authors …

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Win 2 members’ tickets for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsored by M&G Investments on Wednesday 24th May. And please donate to Cancer Research UK

I have to be honest here.  Even though we sponsor it, whenever I go to the Chelsea Flower Show I am reminded of bleak Sundays being dragged around garden centres as a child, hoping there is at least a pets section with some rabbits or something in it.  Or some swings.  Nevertheless, many people love flowers and plants.

So, in support of CASCAID, the UK asset management industry’s effort to rais…

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M&G Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz 2016

Here is the 10th annual Christmas Quiz.  20 questions, and the closing date for entries is midday on Friday 23rd December.  Please email your answers to us at bondteam@bondvigilantes.co.uk.  The winner will get glory, and can choose a charity from our approved list to which we will donate £100.  She or he will also get a copy of the new Bond Vigilantes book, called “Bond Vigilantes – Part II”. …

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The FT Festival of Finance, Friday July 1st at the HAC in London. Win a ticket!

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Bond Vigilantes blog.  When we started it back in 2006, rates in the UK had just risen to 4.75%, the US housing market had seen price rises of between 5% and 12% for more than 6 years in a row, and Twitter was a just few months old.   Nottingham Forest finished 4th in the Championship, and the Scissor Sisters were number one in the charts with “I Don’t f…

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Robert Gordon’s “The Rise and Fall of American Growth”. An interview, and win a copy of his book.

Professor Robert Gordon of North-Western University was in town this week to give speeches at Prospect Magazine (which is ace by the way) and the LSE.  His latest book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth” was released earlier this year, and is a tremendously powerful antidote to the wave of techno-optimism we might feel when we see shiny electric cars and gadgets coming out of Silicon Valley…

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Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots: a short interview. Also win one of 5 copies of his book.

My book of the year in 2015 was The Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford.  I wasn’t alone in liking it; it was the FT McKinsey Business Book of the Year, and set the debate for a year of robotisation stories in financial markets.  Last week we held a Bond Vigilantes x Technology conference here at M&G, with great speeches from Diane Coyle on Digitally Disruptive GDP (are we measuring growth or inf…

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M&G Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz 2015

Here is the 9th annual Christmas Quiz.  20 questions, and the closing date for entries is midday on Thursday 24th December.

Please email your answers to us at bondteam@bondvigilantes.co.uk.  The winner will get glory, and can choose a charity from our approved list to which we will donate £100.  She or he will also get a copy of Morrissey’s atrociously reviewed novel, and “Bad Sex” award winner…

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Is it wrong to invest on space hardware? Will satellites put the ONS out of a job?

Two things last week that made me go “hmmm”.  Firstly: having written a blog on the impact of El Nino on global inflation (here), Anthony was contacted by a company who then came in to see us to discuss their business.  Using data from NASA and EU satellites, they produce earnings estimates for retailers, and forecast economic data.  By counting cars in Big Box parking lots from space, they gen…

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