Our Trump expert – Thomas Wright in The Irish Times today – “In the age of Trump, maybe it gets worse from here”

The longest period of great power peace and relative prosperity in history hangs by a thread. Three men can cut it.  Thomas Wright – The Irish Times – 4th November, 2017 For more than 70 years, the United States has led an international order organised around alliances, an open global economy, and multilateralism. This imperfect order had its fair share of mistakes, …

Could robots liberate future generations? Our A.I. Expert Rohit Talwar shares his insights on the topic.

By Rohit Talwar , Alexandra Whittington Automation and artificial intelligence have the power to transform the very nature of work. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and other smart technologies, it is inevitable that a number of jobs will be lost to automation. At one level, such “technological unemployment” is nothing new – since before the industrial revolution jobs have been automated …

Nobel prize in economics awarded to Richard Thaler – The Guardian 9th October, 2018.

Pioneer of behavioural economics is best known for ‘nudge’ theory, which has influenced politicians and policymakers One of the founding fathers of “nudge” theory, which has helped boost British tax receipts and encouraged smokers to become vapers, has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics. Richard Thaler co-wrote a bestselling book on the nudge concept read by politicians around …

How to Help Refugees Get Into Work Fast – a superb piece by Philippe Legrain

What kind of support do refugees really need to get jobs? Philippe Legrain, founder of the OPEN think-tank, outlines his new 22-country study on what works best to help refugees find employment quickly, thus bringing dividends to local economies. SULEIMAN WAS THROWN out of his home in Afghanistan at the age of 11 because his father couldn’t afford to support him. Forced to work …

Why Bitcoin Will Ultimately Fail and What Will Come Next

By Mark Van Rijmenan – September, 2017.  We live in exciting times, where it has become possible to send money across the globe nearly instantaneously, where you can create value out of nothing and where we are working towards a future that is decentralised. The first application that kickstarted this revolution was Bitcoin when it was launched in 2009. Since …

Clean Brexit – Liam Halligan’s New Book is now available

Clean Brexit Why Leaving the EU Still Makes Sense – Building a Post-Brexit Economy for All By Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons In this optimistic and inclusive guide, Sunday Telegraph columnist Liam Halligan and renowned economic forecaster Gerard Lyons cut through the complexity and spin to offer a vision of how Britain, and the world, can make a great success of Brexit. ‘We are linked to …

Britain would be mad to call Barnier’s bluff – Philippe Legrain for CapX – 4th September 2017

Michel Barnier and David Davis looked jovial as they left their joint press conference last Thursday. But while the Brexit negotiations haven’t yet broken down in acrimony, they have reached an impasse, notably over money. Hotheads are now suggesting that Britain should “call Barnier’s bluff” and prepare for a no-deal Brexit. But that would be a catastrophic blunder. The current standoff over …

Connect are delighted to announce we are now exclusively representing Eímear Noone Composer and Conductor

COMPOSER & CONDUCTOR, WORLD OF WARCRAFT Eímear Noone is an award-winning Irish composer and conductor, resident in Malibu, California. She splits her time between composing for video games, feature films, TV and commercials, and conducting classical concerts and game music. Eímear composed and conducted for the iconic video game World of Warcraft and the expansion, Warlords of Draenor. The score …

The EU-Japan agreement is a blow to protectionism and Brexit – By Philippe Legrain for CapX July 2017

With free trade under threat from protectionists such as Donald Trump, the landmark trade agreement between the European Union and Japan is a huge achievement. While the deal is an outline that leaves some of the thorny details to be worked out, the world’s largest single market and the third-largest national economy have agreed in principle to abolish most import duties on their …