Alex Brummer

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Alex Brummer
Registered: 1 April 2008

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Brummer on business: In a time of great uncertainty. these are the economists you should listen to

By Alex Brummer, October 21, 2016

It has not been the best of times for economists.

The experts who were so wrong on Brexit with their dire predictions of recession, higher taxes and even pestilence if Britain voted to leave the European Union.

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Is Philip Green a Jewish businessman - or a businessman who happens to be Jewish?

By Alex Brummer, July 28, 2016

Britain's Jews are rightly proud of the community's great entrepreneurial traditions. Among the FTSE 100, Shell, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Anglo-American, WPP, Next and British Land can all claim strong Jewish roots.

Then, every so often, a scandal erupts that gives us all cause for pause.

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Green, BHS and the ethics of business

By Alex Brummer, April 27, 2016

In many ways, Sir Philip Green is an entrepreneur of whom Britain's Jewish community should be proud.

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250 years of Brighton's flock

By Alex Brummer, April 21, 2016

The pews were filled to the gunnels and the galleries full of women in fine, wide brimmed hats. The temporary benches in front of the exquisitely carved wooden Aron Kodesh were crowded with youngsters, the awkwardly attired, once-a-year shul-goers, and the bookies and hucksters in loud, checked suits - characters straight out of Graham Greene.

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The media has put Labour’s antisemitism issue in the spotlight. But will it make any difference?

By Alex Brummer, March 23, 2016

You would have had to been sound asleep to have missed it. But in the last several weeks antisemitism has been almost as much in the headlines as Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has lit the blue touch paper and what has long been called the world’s oldest hatred has flared.

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Who will really be fintech's winners?

By Alex Brummer, March 23, 2016

Technology is finding ever more creative ways to disrupt existing business and to change our lives. The latest generation of tech ventures seeks to eliminate the middle person, cut costs and give the consumer easy access to services.

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Our free trade with Israel will continue regardless

By Alex Brummer, February 25, 2016

Israel's robust trade with Britain would largely be unaffected if the UK votes to leave the EU in June. Bilateral commerce between the UK and Israel has climbed markedly in recent times and is estimated to have reached more than £5 billion in 2015 making the UK the third largest trade partner with Israel behind the US and Hong Kong.

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This is how to put the spark back into M&S

By Alex Brummer, January 17, 2016

More than three decades have passed since Marks & Spencer relinquished family and Jewish leadership with the retirement of Lord Sieff. The traditions of the founding Marks and Sieff dynasties lingered in the shape of the non-Jewish leadership of Sir Richard Greenbury. He was so steeped in the values that his son went on to head Polack House, the Jewish presence, at Clifton College.

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Why we’re all now living on Janet’s planet

By Alex Brummer, December 16, 2015

It is not a very seasonal gift. But, after months of meticulous planning and some hesitation, arguably the most powerful woman in the world set us all on a new course this week with a widely predicted raise in interest rates.

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Did Ben Bernanke's Torah lessons help to save the world?

By Alex Brummer, November 12, 2015

Book tours bring all kinds of people to Britain but few can be considered more important than Ben Bernanke the former chairman of America's central bank, the Federal Reserve.

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Glasenberg the hunter becomes the hunted

By Alex Brummer, October 3, 2015

At lunchtime on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a man arrived at our front door loaded down with a magnificent bunch of white flowers from a fashionable Knightsbridge florist. The present, replete with New Year greetings, was from billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of the global commodity trading and mining concern, Glencore.

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The big football clubs have more money than they know what to do with

By Alex Brummer, September 24, 2015

Premier League football has never been richer than it is at present. In the 2013-14 season (the last for which there are complete numbers) it generated income of £3.26 billion, some 29 per cent up on the year before. And we know it is only going to get even more wealthy.

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Can Israel's oligarchs cope with the dotcom boom?

By Alex Brummer, August 6, 2015

As a "start-up" nation praised for its tech genius Israel, more often than not, has been the prey rather than the predator in the rarefied world of global takeovers. Going right back to 1998, when US digital pioneer AOL snaffled the Israeli-invented instant messaging service ICQ for £25m, there have been rich pickings for global buyers.

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Is the BBC really still our Guardian of the truth?

By Alex Brummer, July 23, 2015

Once in a while, I am invited to do a short interview about finance on the BBC4 Today programme or Radio 5. Obligingly, they send round the radio car (actually a large van with a mast) along with an engineer, and on the counter inside sits the Guardian. In fact, the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other national newspaper.

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Villains, scapegoats and the real bank-breakers

By Alex Brummer, July 2, 2015

Scarcely a week passes without disclosure of fresh scandal for Britain's banks. The image of the lenders has been battered and the reputation of those that ran them tarnished. The current management of Britain's largest bank, HSBC, was seriously damaged by disclosures of tax avoidance and evasion on a grand scale at its Geneva private bank.

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