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Alice in Central Banker Land

01 December 2022

Alice was not quite sure who she was going to meet at this years Central Banker Christmas tea party. Many of the characters she had met in the past had either been ousted due to political infighting, had switched positions on the table looking for a fresh start elsewhere, or had just moved on thinking they had done a good job and would leave to allow someone else to take the reins.

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How an iron-making Welshman founded Donetsk

16 November 2022

Donetsk, Pittsburgh, Bochum, Sheffield. Four cities environed by water and coal - and made of steel. Today the whole world knows the type of steel they make in Donetsk.

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LME Week 2022: the return to (a new) normal

01 November 2022

It’s autumn in the UK, and that typically means three things: the trees shed their leaves, there is a flurry of underachieving Premiership football managers getting sacked, and the global metals industry descends on London for what remains the LME market’s most important global gathering.

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Keep the Navy off your yacht!

27 October 2022

The LME was run by a Board and Committee until restructuring in 1989. Up to that moment all those elected or appointed to the Committee were immediately members of the Panel of Arbitrators.

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Keep the Navy off your yacht!

27 October 2022

The LME was run by a Board and Committee until restructuring in 1989. Up to that moment all those elected or appointed to the Committee were immediately members of the Panel of Arbitrators.

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Chaos, disappointment and farce

21 October 2022

It’s not been a stellar year for quite a number of bits of the traditional British establishment. Chaos and disappointment definitely make their mark; farce - well, it kind of depends on your sense of humour and the extent to which you can insulate yourself.

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The Vapors are overpowering

05 October 2022

One might be excused for not necessarily understanding the title of this article: however to a particular vintage of reader, the Vapors were a band from the late 70s/early 80s famous for the catchy tune "Turning Japanese." This title could be more relevant than one imagines in today's financial circumstances of the UK and others. But first, what does turning Japanese look like?

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