Keep Buggering on

Winston Churchill’s slogan “Keep Buggering On” became a national catchphrase during the Second World War. Duncan Weldon from The Economist highlights key themes from his brisk history of Britain’s economy since the industrial revolution, taking in everything from the South Sea Bubble to the impact of the financial crisis. According to Weldon the same issues…

Antwerp’s golden heydays of fortune and wheels of trade

  In 1940, dealers agents  thronged  the then Netherlands port would enclose price lists for goods or loans on the City’s Exchange, the Beurs, along with correspondence to their clients. Pyke captures the intrigue, opportunity, chaos, scandal and nonconformist spirit of the sixteenth century Antwerp with exquisite narrative zeal. A clerk for van den  Molen…

WeWork made freelancers feel that they were on Google campus

Grifters came to be called visionaries and high finance lost its mind. In 2001, charismatic Adam Neumann arrived in New York, the land of opportunities, after five years as a conscript in the Israeli navy, he transformed himself into the charismatic CEO of WeWork worth $ 47bn, within the span of 15 years. His long…

Maritime power of London amid civil war and plague

Margarette Lincoln, former deputy director of the National Maritime Museum, brings detailed account of London life -the gardens, the coffee houses, the shopping and charts the impact of national events growing citizenry with its love of pageantry, spectacle and enterprise. When the Thames froze  over and Mary Evelyn, wife of the diarist John, complained about…

British Empire Linchpin

Crossing Continents recounts Standard Chartered’s story not a critique of British imperialism, silver crises, and currency reforms but of men and British achievement in the East, with in depth details from one of the richest archives available to any commercial bank, by giving rare and compelling perspective on the evolution of international trade and finance,…

Elusive fugitive Mehul Choksi arrested in Dominica

  Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, Indian businessman from Mumbai, India, residing in Antigua who is wanted by the Indian Judicial authorities for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty including delivery of property, corruption and money laundering. Choksi, 63,  in involved in  Rs 12m Punjab National Bank scam. Mehul Choski was last seen driving…

US tax code has one rule for the rich and another for the rest

Seventy one per cent of Americans believe the economy is rigged in favour of the rich starting with tax code. Former BlackRock executive Morris Pearl, the millionaire chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and Erica Payne, the organization’s founder, reveals and engaging and enlightening insider’s tour of th nations tax code, explaining how “the rich” manipulate…

Cloth merchant graduating to investment and commercial bank

Private investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, is neither a Rothschild, a JP Morgan nor a Goldman Sachs. In Inside Money, acclaimed historian, commentator, and former Financial executive Zachary  Karabell, offers the first full and frank look inside the institution against the backdrop of American history and explores Brown Brothers Harriman’s central role in the story…