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You can’t tax your way out of this
October 2020: The coronavirus pandemic has hit public finances like a war. Across the world governments have scrambled to offset the economic and social impact of the virus. Huge, and necessary, rises in public spending have pushed government deficits to levels not seen since the two world wars of the twentieth century.
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Ruffer Radio: Election 2020
October 2020: All elections are equal. But some elections are more equal than others. In the latest episode of Ruffer Radio, Dr Tim Smith and Alexander Chartres discuss the 2020 race to the White House and explore why this election, in the context of a broader shift in world order, may well be the most important for a generation.
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Investment Review
October 2020: Whatever one’s outlook, there have been times in 2020 when the markets seemed to echo one’s innermost thoughts, and times when we shout out like Falstaff, that the whole world has gone mad. The bulls and the bears have had their time in the sun, and their time on the dark face of the moon – what follows is a digested diary of our journey through the year 2020 so far.
Tailings dams
We have been mining the world’s natural resources for thousands of years. Yet the global demand for these is only likely to increase in the future, given their role in supporting economic and social progress and enabling innovations and technologies that are needed to address climate change.
Book review – Dignity
Seeking respect in back row America.
Hyperinflation and me
"I remember my father reporting this note with 11 zeros was worth 'roughly one cabbage' at the time of issue."
MMT on the march?
The response to this economic crisis has moved away from the old monetary regime to one where fiscal policy has become more important.
A vaccine: to v or not to v? That is the question
September 2020: The superforecasters of the Good Judgement Project believe there is a 93% probability we will have an FDA-approved vaccine in a year, and enough of it to inoculate 25m people in the US. This is up from just 20% in the dark days of April.
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Ruffer Radio: Gold Matters
September 2020: John Wong, co-manager of the LF Ruffer Gold Fund, and Jenny Renton, Investment Director and co-manager of the Charity Assets Trust, assess the case for gold and share their thoughts on its role in investors’ portfolios.
Buy and hold
Buy good companies. And own them forever. As investment approaches go, it is seductively simple. In a financial world that often looks confused, and in places absurd, buying and holding a portfolio of high-quality companies has evident appeal.
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