Jonathan Rogers graduated from Oxford University in 1986 where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. That year he joined Nomura International , attending the company’s graduate trainee programme at Nomura Securities’ headquarters in Tokyo. He worked as an institutional bond salesman for Nomura in London for five years, covering central banks and institutions in Scandinavia. He subsequently worked on the institutional sales desk at Long Term Credit Bank of Japan in London before moving on to the derivatives and structured note desk at First National Bank of Chicago in London. Jonathan joined IFR Asia in 2003 as syndicated loans editor and subsequently became debt capital markets editor in 2005. He is currently IFR Asia’s chief analyst, credit.
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Does the name Alexander Gerschenkron ring a bell? For many readers of this column, I would imagine probably not. Among the Pantheon of famous practitioners of economics – a science that appears more dismal by the week when invoked by hyper-emotional UK politicians – his name is absent. But is he relevant today? Absolutely.
THERE WAS A deliciously candid revelation last week into the workings of Britain’s establishment when Queen Elizabeth was caught off-guard complaining that Chinese officials accompanying Xi Jinping and his wife had been “rude” to the British ambassador during their state visit last year. I’m not a monarchist but I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the Queen’s complaint, captured by a television crew’s super-powerful microphone.
A FOOL AND his money are soon parted, as the saying goes. Just think of the scam emails from Nigeria, which involve a confidence trick for which only the most gullible moron would fall.