Edward Hadas is a former economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and also worked at the Financial Times as assistant editor of the Lex column. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 23 years as an equity analyst in Europe and the United States. He has written a book, "Human Good, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science" (ISI Books, 2007), and is a visiting senior fellow in the School of Management and Social Sciences at St. Mary's University, London. Edward has degrees from Columbia University, Wadham College, Oxford and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
An IMF study shows a significant increase in companies’ pricing power since 2000 in developed economies. The trend in profitability is likely to bring less investment, more market-stifling mergers and more smugness from managers. Change requires a rethink of how competition works.
When the Paris cathedral needed only invisible repairs, the government and billionaires weren’t interested. After this week’s big blaze, everyone is opening their wallets. That is often how charity works – a bit random and a little prideful, but better than not giving at all.
President Trump’s pick of loyal supporter Herman Cain as a U.S. Fed governor is a bad idea. Not because of his partisan bias, since central banks are inherently political. But monetary policy is too poorly understood and unpredictable to be entrusted to amateur ideologues.