Bram Nicholas

Are V-shaped PMIs Misleading?

The recent rise of PMIs may be overstating the extent of the global economic recovery. Economic conditions look to be the best in a while for the US and most European countries, at least according to recent readings of the popular Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI). Ever since the global recession started to unravel in March, economists and market analysists alike… Read More »Are V-shaped PMIs Misleading?

A Sales Pitch for Buying Gold

With returns on other assets at historical lows gold has become highly attractive to investors. After a stellar performance over the past few months gold has found its way back into the headlines, with market prices rising above $2000 an ounce for the first time in August. Having increased some 50% in value since the beginning of 2019, the precious… Read More »A Sales Pitch for Buying Gold

Slides on Neo-colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lecture given by Howard Nicholas in 2015 for the Critical Collevtive, in Amsterdam. Video below for reference. Original slides: 2015 Oct 14 SSA More recent version: 2017 Jan 17 UoA v3 Further readings: 2017 Reference list

Singapore and the Myth of Services-based Development

The recent rise of PMIs may be overstating the extent of the global economic recovery, and instead could hint to a worrying development. Although no one would question the success Singapore has had in raising the living standards of its population, and establishing itself as a regional centre for trade and financial services, the origin of the country’s economic success… Read More »Singapore and the Myth of Services-based Development