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July 12, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

May 9, 2021

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation, Warren Buffett’s heir apparent is deal-maker Greg Abel, Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce but continue charitable foundation.

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation

Apologetic co-chairman Joel Glazer has sought to reassure Manchester United fans he and his US billionaire family “care deeply” about the English Premier League football club they own and pledge greater investment and fan consultation.

March 31, 2021

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy, Locked down families build Lego’s fastest sales growth in five years, Gebruder Weiss profits in combining physical and digital innovation.

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy

Pernod Ricard, the French third-generation wines and spirits giant, is set to acquire a majority stake in a family-owned premium Columbian rum as part of its “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan.

Pernod Ricard also embarked on a collaboration with Lafayette Imports, a new company founded by Biggar and Leith partners Elwyn Gladstone and Mark Teasdale, to boost its “super-premium” branding in the United States.

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