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Takahashi with grand-daughter
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Peter Tasker

The Wheel of Fortune

At the age of fifteen he was living with a geisha, and in his thirties he led a group of hard-drinking, brawling Japanese miners to the high Andes……

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Peter Tasker

Japan Goes For Growth

The message was clear – deflation was the fault of Japan’s inadequately fertile womenfolk, not the elite officials of the central bank…

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Peter Tasker

Wrong About Japan

“What most likely happened was pedal misapplication.” So concluded an official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US body which has just published its report on the…

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Peter Tasker

Hubble, Bubble, Emerging Trouble

Emerging markets used to be known as markets you couldn’t emerge from in an emergency. History is littered with examples of financial disasters in young fast-growing countries, from the Argentinian…

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Peter Tasker

Why Di-Worsify Into Commodities?

Di-worsification is what you do when you invest in mediocre assets for a mediocre reason – for example, because a statistical model has told you they reduce risk. Thanks to the boom in commodities…

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Peter Tasker

Can Japan Get Its Mojo Back?

Remember the fable of the hard-working ant and the irresponsible fun-loving grasshopper? As generations of parents tell their children, both creatures get what they deserve. The grasshopper pays…

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Peter Tasker

The economics of folly

Twelve months on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and much about the event remains mysterious. It was the trigger that caused a deep recession, which began in the US but steadily crept across…