At the top of political agendas in the EU, the UK and the US, as well as among the major concerns of big businesses all over the world, is now taxation. Continue reading “Corporate Taxation: one problem, different views”
The price of Bitcoin, the digital currency that is created through a sophisticated process called “mining” and is not printed or regulated by central banks, has risen exponentially over the last weeks and months. At the start of 2017, a Bitcoin was worth less than $1,000. In October it was trading at $5,000, in November it surged Continue reading “Will Bitcoin be the next financial bubble?”
The Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is beautiful, according to David Maxwell, who patrolled the DMZ with the US army back in the 1980s. He said it’s almost like a nature reserve, as it’s a haven for wildlife. But don’t let the beauty fool you. Paradoxically, it is one of the most heavily armed places in the world. Continue reading “Kim, Donald and the Launch Codes”
On Sunday 17th December, it will have been seven years to the day since Mohamed Bouazizi, left desperate after the confiscation of the fruit cart from which he made a living, set himself on fire in front of the governor’s mansion in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia Continue reading “Women, Journalism and the Arab Spring”
The world’s nations met for the 23rd “Conference of the Parties”, or COP23, in Bonn, Germany from 6th-17th November. The conference occurs annually under the UN Framework of Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and creates a much-needed platform for international discussions regarding global warming and sustainability.
We work, we pay taxes, and the rest of our disposable income is spent on bills, groceries and other normal goods. This is how we see society working, but nothing is ever that simple. Let’s change the story, to one where it is possible to retain most of the income you earn by paying less taxes – if any at all. Would you consider it, if I told you most of these schemes are legal? Would you still consider it if I told you that the UK loses approximately £16bn a year in tax avoidance – may be if I put it on a bus and mentioned the NHS you might! Continue reading “Paradise Falls”
The first WES Presents of the 2017/18 academic year featured Sir John Vickers, former Chief Economist at the Bank of England (1998-2000) and currently professor of Economics at the University of Oxford. The 1-hour talk focused on the topic of banking reform with specific reference to the work of the Independent Committee on Banking (ICB), which Sir Vickers chaired. Continue reading “WES Presents: Sir John Vickers”