We explore the challenges with INTEGRATION projects in an organisational context
The language, or rather political language de jour, is for the canvassing potential members of the next parliament (Parliamentary candidates in the UK) to merge two very different concepts into one, in the public's mind. Those words are tax evasion and tax avoidance. We (at the theMarketSoul) believe we potentially know why, but the consequences might not … Continue reading Tax and morality? The two should never meet…
As the economic credentials of the political parties in the UK 2015 election get scrutinised, it is worth bearing in mind the ‘Laffer Curve’ effects on fiscal policy. Don’t increase our overall taxation burden and tax rates, please…from Dan Mitchell at the Centre for Freedom and Prosperity at the Cato Institute, lessons from the other side of the pond.
What’s the Laffer Curve?
It’s the simple, common-sense observation that there’s not a linear relationship between tax rates and tax revenue.
Yet that’s basically the methodology used by the Joint Committee on Taxation when estimating the revenue impact of changes in tax rates.
The Laffer Curve also applies to tobacco taxation.
Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform points out in the Wall Street Journal that greedy politicians in New York have pushed cigarette taxes so high that the main beneficiaries are smugglers.
Rampant cigarette smuggling isn’t the problem in New York. It’s a symptom of the problem: sky high tobacco…
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#Tax #avoidance and clambering on the tax bashing bandwagon has been all the rage since the HSBC private bank revelations. We try to put some perspective on the matter
We are picking up on a theme we have been experiencing and confirmed by this HBR article published in 2012: Job and Career seeker’s unfulfilled EXPECTATIONS The word expectation has several meanings, amongst them words like hope, belief, prospect and even probability. It is interesting that if you were to consider these four other … Continue reading Expectations: Mis-sold
Creating Context and focusing on Simplicity in getting your message across in a very noisy external world.
In light of the UK #Election2015 and the build up to May 2015; we review a thought piece on actions required during the period following the May 2010 election. How did the government do and are the three hard choices faced then still as pressing in the lead to to May 2015?
It is true. This is not a playground, kinder-garden experience…
As we don’t live a purely Command and Control or 100% Free Market environment we have to constantly adjust our actions and interactions with the market around us based on factors such as:
Jurisdiction and cultural norms
There are many other factors to add to the list above, but we are referring to the behavioural aspects inherent in any market interaction.
One of the greatest challenges facing the political class in the UK at the moment is the Truth or Dare conundrum.
We are specifically referring to the urgent need to cut public sector spending, yet the painful reality that it is:
a) Very difficult and not politically expedient to admit the ‘Truth as seen by any politician’ (see the ‘Forces of Hell’reference uttered by Alistair Darling on trying to speak…
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An opinion piece we published in 2010 on Sustainability we believe to be as relevant as ever today…
The focus on sustainability and sustainable practices is a self defeating objective. Sustainability means that business leaders take their eye off the equity holder’s value creation ideal, as it flies in the face of self-interest as promoted by Adam Smith some 234 years ago (The Wealth of Nations , 1776).
Self-interest and the pursuit therefore is being clouded by a multitude of other non value adding factors that is diluting the message and contributing to more uncertainty and risk and therefore capital flight and volatility in the financial and capital markets as we have experienced over the last 2 years.
This process and Zeitgeist will not disappear or be properly understood, unless we develop a deeper understanding and familiarity with uncertainty as a driver of the innovative spirit of human endeavour.
Risk management per se is not the answer and panacea it is held out to be, and if…
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Some thoughts on #Markets and #Risk from our archive (2010). Still relevant today?
The market is capricious. We are paraphrasing a line from one of Bernard Cornwell’s series of historic novels on 9th century England, where he referred to the ‘old gods’ (pagan gods) of the Danes and Vikings as capricious.
So if the impulsive nature of markets is to be appreciated for what they are, then why are we trying so hard to manage risk completely out of existence?
We will focus on two specific factors today in what we refer to as the ‘dumbing down of risk’.
A strict or narrow definition (old financial language) of risk is possibly that it is a quantifiable number with a probability ranking and we can therefore attach a statistical inference to the occurrence of the risk event.
Yet in The Health & Safety Executives language a risk and “Risk management involves you, the employer, looking at the risks that arise in the…
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Part 2 - Revelations In part 1 of this article we focused on the economic cycles and the underlying drivers for future Moral Hazard risks. In today's edition we will dwell a little on the revelations 2014 brought about in a series of disclosures and financial regulatory deals concluded. As Tony Robinson put is so eloquently … Continue reading Moral Hazard PLUS – Part 2
Reflections on 2014 As a behaviourally focused economics publication we have been very quiet and inactive during 2014. A year of reflection and introspection, however, we are ready to resume service, with vigour. And what better way to start than with a reflective piece and thoughts on the biggest risk we believe are developing under … Continue reading Thoughts on 2014 – Moral Hazard PLUS – Part 1
Revisiting some posts from 2013…
The problem of getting too distracted by constantly fire-fighting in business settings
We might have heard it referred to as phrases such as “blinkered vision, short-term thinking”, possibly even “tunnel vision” or something similar; however the challenges of Immediacy is (1) the hidden cost and (2) damage it does to our organisations and culture within those organisations.
This is a behavioural consequence of a much more deep rooted problem. It could possibly be insecurity or ‘over’ control, mistrust or some other behavioural issue.
However, we would like to make a bold statement that the problem is one of an over commented emotional connection to what we do. Too much passion and care in other words. This is not a bad thing in itself, but it must be tempered and balanced by its opposite twin, namely logic and deliberation.
Too often we let the Emotional Intelligence (EI) side of our…
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Thoughts on regulation and a skewed market:
Today’s post is actually only a short sound bite for further conversations to be developed in the future:
- Long live the Free Market Theory….more a Free Zombie Market (investorpolitico.com)
- Libertarian writings that read like comic books (wnd.com)
- Pope Francis Said What?!…
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A reminder to be creative everyday…
Below is an extract from a posting we made back in 2008. Maybe still relevant today:
In this new, new world of work
What titles are there yet to lurk?
The new MD
He or she or it could be:
Not your average reflector!
The IM is the person
Where intuition is the key
Or are they the Ideas Merchants
or just another fee?
IT stands for Interesting Thing
Technology drives the process
And we are told that knowledge
Must definitely be better than porridge!
The SD drives the sales
Or Sets Deception
Yet revenue collection
their fortunate projection
The HR director,
You’d better respect ‘er
Yet Human Potential
Sounds much more consequential?
Or politically correct,
You OLD cynical fool!
Now even that word
We must reject!
Where am I heading?
With this you ask
Must there be an end?
Or just another bend?
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Some thought provoking issues raised as part of the ‘long-term savings gap’ challenge, perceived by think tanks and government advisors…
A government think thank, Policy Exchange, have urged the government to make it compulsory that people save for their retirement. Their proposal the ‘Help to Save’ Scheme is aimed at avoiding 11 million people ending up in ‘Pension Poverty’. In a BBC article….
James Barty, author of the report, said the lack of people saving for their retirement was putting an “intolerable burden on the state” which “needs to be addressed sooner rather than later”.
He said: “With an ageing population, putting money aside for later life should be seen in the same context as National Insurance contributions, taxes and even education – an obligation that falls on everyone in society.
“‘Help to Save’ will prevent the state from having to pick up the tab for people who haven’t put aside enough money for later life.”
Under the plans, the opt-out in the Government’s auto-enrolment scheme would be removed…
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…keeping economic concepts simple or just plain being conceptually simple…
Dan Mitchell has a knack in this re-blogged post to get the concept of socialism versus capitalism across very succinctly.
If you ask an economist about the difference between capitalism and socialism, you’ll probably get a boring answer about the size of government, the impact on incentives, and the power of the state.
Or maybe you’ll get a nit-picking answer, sort of like when I explained that Obama technically isn’t a socialist.
That’s why it’s sometimes best to use simple, common-sense analogies.
Two years ago, I used two cows to explain the differences between various economic systems.
But this image may be an ever more succinct way to showing the difference between capitalism and socialism.
Or, if you prefer stories, this updated version of the fable of the ant and the grasshopper makes the same point.
And here’s the PC version of the Little Red Hen.
...on human nature and the market, including a call for restraint on mindless regulation...
The real challenge and issue: The US Debt default that is looming ever larger with each passing day that the US Congress, Senate and White House seem to treat as a brinkmanship fatigue challenge will have a specific default structure or process attached to it, that the rest of the world needs to get to … Continue reading Technical Default Options – US Government Shutdown Analysis (Part2)
Today we very briefly focus on the dynamics we have observed in the US Treasury Yield Curve between two critical dates: 1. The Yield Curve at 30 September 2013 - The day before the US government shutdown officially began 2. Friday 11 October 2013, exactly 11 days into the White House, Congress and Senate stand-off … Continue reading US Treasury Yield Curve – The Shutdown Analysis (Part 1)
The problem of getting too distracted by constantly fire-fighting in business settings We might have heard it referred to as phrases such as "blinkered vision, short-term thinking", possibly even "tunnel vision" or something similar; however the challenges of Immediacy is (1) the hidden cost and (2) damage it does to our organisations and culture within those … Continue reading Immediacy – Analysing the Behavioural Dimensions