Interest rates are ultra-low and earnings are at record levels, so why has corporate investment slumped? In “Productivity and the Bonus Culture”, economist Andrew Smithers points the finger at soaring executive compensation. His rigorous diagnoses call for some radical cures.
In December 1718, the newly nationalised Banque Royale became France’s first de facto central bank. Under Scotsman John Law, it proceeded to issue paper money in what was arguably the first instance of quantitative easing. Central bankers take note: it ended very badly.
The former Fed chairman is famous for crushing inflation. His new memoir, “Keeping At It”, reveals the attributes that made him arguably America’s greatest central banker. His common sense, distrust of economic theory and personal integrity are valuable guides to his successors.