Slippery slopes: why no-one will be talking about trade at Davos

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies 20th January 2020 As the world’s leaders gather in Davos, there is a sigh of geoeconomic relief going around the world. A phase one trade deal between the US and China was struck on January 15 and US and European stock markets had their best week since August as a result. UK businesses meanwhile were given a resound ticking off by the chancellor, Sajid Javid, at the weekend, who essentially said: “Brexit is happening,…

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Brexit, the game: why trade deals aren’t as important as the politics

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies 20th December 2020 Make no mistake, there is now no doubt. The UK is leaving the EU on January 31. There will then be a transition period to the end of 2020, nominally to allow the economy to adjust but actually to allow the future of our trade relationship with Europe to be determined. During this time, it will be possible to strike new trade deals, for example with the United States, but those deals cannot…

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Who cares about trade? Why the UK election suggests no-one does

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies By rights, the upcoming UK election should be an election about trade. “It’s the economy, stupid” was the message that won Bill Clinton the US presidency during the then-prevailing recession. And if economics matters to the British voting public, then this should be the one that counts. Economists are queuing up to say how much lower growth is now compared to where it would have been had the UK not voted to leave the…

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Choose your weapon: why the G20 foreign ministers will be talking about trade

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies  18th November 2019   The G20 foreign ministers will do well to brush up on game theory ahead of their meeting in Japan on 22nd November. Trade is now viewed as an integral part of national security: China and the US, and Russia, are using it as means to coerce, influence and dominate as they always have, but increasingly with a strategic focus. It has become the weapon of choice in a power struggle…

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No particular place to go? Why riding along in my automobile is changing forever

  Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies What does the automotive sector mean to you? Power? Freedom? Affluence? Drive? Prowess? To an economist, and we’re not called the dismal scientists for nothing, the car sector is none of these. It is the bellwether for the global economy. It is the fourth largest sector in the world in trade terms: by the end of 2019 Coriolis estimates that it will account for roughly 10% of world trade in goods, or approximately…

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