John Looby

John Looby

The Backstop and the Boundary Commission

The Backstop and the Boundary Commission

For an agreed parting, there must be an agreement on the border. Helpfully, a key provision of a torturously agreed Treaty almost a century ago provides the path forward

Brexit: no deal is now better for Ireland than a bad deal

Brexit: no deal is now better for Ireland than a bad deal

Threats worked a treat for Britain in past Anglo-Irish clashes, but May’s brinkmanship may well leave the current generation of Irish leaders unmoved

Leaving process still thickens with irony

Leaving process still thickens with irony

Theresa May’s attempts to lead Britain out of the EU could ultimately result in England leaving Britain instead

Irish Grand Slam win chimes with Brexit border tussle

Irish Grand Slam win chimes with Brexit border tussle

In the Brexit referendum debate, the few that acknowledged that the Irish border might be relevant were equally content to assume that a compliant government in Dublin would quietly adjust to any new reality

Phoney war over, a sensible Brexit finally beckons

Phoney war over, a sensible Brexit finally beckons

Far from being the barrier to Brexit as depicted by arch-Brexiteers, the subtle compromise at the heart of the Good Friday Agreement provides a safe route to a lasting, post-Brexit accommodation between the two islands

Making the global money machine

Making the global money machine

In this extract from Money Mayhem: The Bewildering Consequences of Cutting Money Free, markets expert John Looby explores the history of the gold-linked global currency, the moment when that changed, and the perils of what may be to come

Italian hopes and hard truths

Italian hopes and hard truths

The delusion that a member government of the euro zone could make whatever fiscal decisions it chooses, and still expect that its fellow members and their Central Bank would passively support it, has been exposed

Will the real value investors please stand up?

Will the real value investors please stand up?

Curiously, just 5 per cent of investors use the tried and trusted technique championed by Warren Buffett to estimate the difference between an asset’s price and its real value

The Donald, the dollar and 'Exorbitant Privilege'

The Donald, the dollar and 'Exorbitant Privilege'

Trump's presidency could undermine the dollar's position at the heart of the global monetary system, writes John Looby

Comment: Process, outcome and persuasive Scots

Comment: Process, outcome and persuasive Scots

National sterotypes can play a role in investment decisions, says John Looby

Why sell AIB Minister Noonan?

Why sell AIB Minister Noonan?

For the sake of his legacy, and the better protection of future taxpayers, Noonan needs to re-think his plan, writes John Looby

John Looby: 'A soft centre and the telling of hard truths'

John Looby: 'A soft centre and the telling of hard truths'

Centrist politicians have been recklessly poor at challenging the narrative of their alleged impotence

John Looby: 'Reagan's presidency is a useful guide for what may evolve under Trump'

John Looby: 'Reagan's presidency is a useful guide for what may evolve under Trump'

Reagan's success as issuer of the unanchored global reserve currency highlights the freedom now in the President-elect's hands

John Looby: The delusion of Trump and Farage is echoed in our industrial unrest

John Looby: The delusion of Trump and Farage is echoed in our industrial unrest

Public sector grievance renders reason increasingly powerless in the face of emotion

'Trump represents the smashing of an idea of innocence'

'Trump represents the smashing of an idea of innocence'

The all-but-sacred idea of what it is to be US president was smashed beyond repair this week