Archive for April, 2008

This morning I read an interesting article about the role and impacts of plastics in our globalized world. FT weekend edition booklet (FT Weekend, 26/27 April 2008) characterizes it as: “man-made, virtually indestructible and it symbolizes everything everything that is wrong with our throwaway consumer culture” There is actually a Museum of Brands, in Notting […]


Characterized as:– the most potent economic area outside London– the heart and soul of British economy– fueled by the Heathrow phenomenon that brought US software and IT companies near London– a hub for the life-sciences sector The towns in the Valley–> Slough, now the most diverse in the UK – where 80 languages are spoken!! […]


FT Weekend – 8-9/03/2008 Institute of International Finance – association of global banksMeeting @Rio de Janeiro “by paying huge bonuses on the basis of short-term performance when negative bonuses are impossible, banks create huge incentives to disguise risk-taking as a value creation”. NEEDED: a system of rewards that better aligns the interests of the decision-makers […]


Food Costs rising fastest in 17 years U.S. food prices rose 4 percent in 2007, compared with an average 2.5 percent annual rise for the last 15 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the agency says 2008 could be worse, with a rise of as much as 4.5 percent. The jump has […]


This morning I was reading the Financial Times and found an article about Europe’s outlook, by IMF. “Financial market turbulence would reduce real growth by 0.75 percentage points in both 2008 and 2009. (…) Inflation in the Eurozone his 3.6 % last month, the highest for almost 16 years. The IMF estimates that a 1 […]