Kit Winder

Kit Winder
  • The era of central banks could be over

    A flaming, screaming man falls hundreds of metres into the stone streets of the world beneath him. Why? Because he was the last to catch on. In the final Lord of the Rings film, Denethor, Steward of Gondor, remains cooped…

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  • Renewables are beating the markets, but don’t be fooled by these pitfalls

    You’ve probably seen The Great Gatsby, or read the original novel. If a parent didn’t force it down you, school probably did. In my case, both. One of the main images is of Jay Gatsby, mysterious millionaire, standing on his…

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  • The Africa Question

    The birth rate in Africa is one of the most incredible demographic changes of the last few decades, having fallen dramatically from above six babies per woman in the 1980s to around 2.5 now. Key factors include better healthcare lowering…

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  • Ignorance is bliss

    Morning all. First things first, an apology and a correction. In Friday’s article I wrote that Boris Johnson’s UK government had changed a law so that all internal combustion engine vehicles would be banned in 2035 instead of 2040. Thanks…

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  • The next tech wave

    Tesla has gone crazy. I have strong and conflicting opinions about it, which I’ve written about at various points over the last year, here most recently. I laud the mission, despise the man and warn people about investing in such…

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  • Why you don’t have free will any more

    Your phone isn’t a phone, it’s a two-way mirror. And there are some pretty terrifying people on the other side. They are watching you, but you can’t see them, and most of the time you have no idea they’re even…

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  • Ban Huawei before it’s too late

    Do you know why the power kept turning on in the middle of the night in Africa’s most important building? It wasn’t the workers going back in to deal with emergencies, or to steal stationary. When a utilities company in…

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  • The disease of authoritarianism

    Don’t judge a book by its cover… A monkey in silk is a monkey no less… You can’t put lipstick on a pig… A plethora of well-known sayings and bits of wisdom have trained us not to trust appearances. That’s…

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  • Coronavirus and your portfolio

    People used to think that plagues were sent upon the world by the gods or by god to reflect their or his (rarely her) anger. Plagues could wipe out a third of a population. Doctors relied on tradition and superstition,…

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  • What connects a glacier, skiing, beer, and hydrogen?

    It snowed in Austria yesterday. Is that particularly surprising? It shouldn’t be. But after one of the lightest January snowfalls in years, it has come as an enormous relief to the locals and workers who depend on winter tourism in…

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