Alasdair Macleod

Alasdair became a stockbroker in 1970 and a Member of the London Stock Exchange in 1974. His experience encompasses equity and bond markets, fund management, corporate finance and investment strategy. After 27 years in the City, Alasdair moved to Guernsey. He worked as a consultant at many offshore institutions and was an Executive Director at an offshore bank in Guernsey and Jersey.

Articles by Alasdair Macleod

It was Karl Marx who was among the first believers that cyclical behaviour was endemic to free markets. He lived through a time when there was a regular cycle of boom and bust, with phases of economic expansion followed by contraction....
Central banks must be increasingly aware that critics of monetary policy are getting some traction in their arguments, that not only have monetary policies failed in their objectives, but they are creating counterproductive economic...
Gold and silver resumed their uptrend this week to challenge recent highs, last seen on 23 January. The best levels were mid-week, before some end-of-week profit-taking took place. In early European trade this morning (Friday) gold was...
You know when to buy gold: it’s when nearly every trader and commentator tells you that gold is going lower and you should sell it. This is Harry Dent on 10th January: “I still see gold landing somewhere between $650 and $750 in the next...
Recently, I was quietly reading in my armchair, eyes closing and trying to stay awake, and the next moment I was falling down a rabbit hole. After falling into the void, I found myself outside a castle, which can only be described as very...
The Fiat Money Quantity[i] has now breached the $15 trillion level, standing at $15,108bn on November 1st 2016, the last calculable date. This is now $6.3 trillion above the pre-Lehman crisis trend-line, exceeding it by 72%. Instead of the...
Two weeks ago, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised an estimated 86% of rupees in circulation, offering conversion into a bank account or into smaller currency notes until 31 December, after which these notes will have no...
We exit 2016 on a tide of investor optimism. At long last, there will be a businessman in charge of the US economy in the form of a new president. Moreover, the stimulation he will provide is of tax cuts and infrastructure spending. If...
Even before he takes office, President-elect Trump is turning the world upside down. It has become clear his attitude towards Russia and China is very different from that of his predecessors. Amazingly, he is already wresting power from...
The latest consequence of economic mismanagement in Europe was the failed attempt at constitutional reform in Italy this week. The Italian people have had enough of their government’s economic failure, and is refusing to give it more power.

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