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The Cobden Centre has been established to promote social progress through honest money, free trade and peace. We endorse Richard Cobden's view that:
Peace will come to earth when the people have more to do with each other and governments less.

Recent articles

Stocks and the Stockdale Paradox

18 August 14 by Tim Price

 “Anything can happen in stock markets and you ought to conduct your affairs so that if the most extraordinary events happen, you’re still around to play the next day.”

Warren Buffett.

Vice Admiral James Stockdale has a good claim to have been one of the most extraordinary Americans ever to have [...]


John Butler’s interview with Jim Rickards

15 August 14 by John Butler

When it comes to the world of international finance, Jim Rickards has quite nearly seen it all. As a young man, he worked for Citibank in Pakistan, of all places. In the 1990s, he served as General Counsel for Long-Term Capital Management, Jim Merriwether’s large, notorious hedge fund that collapsed spectacularly in 1998. In recent [...]


Signs Of The Fed’s Era Of Secrecy Coming To An End

13 August 14 by Ralph Benko

The Federal Reserve increasingly is attracting scrutiny across the board.  Now add to that a roller coaster of a thriller, using a miracle of a rare device, shining a light into the operations of the Fed — that contemporary riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: Matthew Quirk’s latest novel, The Directive.

“If I’ve [...]


Keep calm and carry on

11 August 14 by Alasdair Macleod

At the end of July global equity bull markets had a moment of doubt, falling three or four per cent. In the seven trading days up to 1st August the S&P500 fell 3.8%, and we are not out of the woods yet. At the same time the Russell 2000, an index of small-cap US companies [...]


The crisis of interventionism, the end of globalisation, and the looming tech trade war

8 August 14 by John Butler

[Editor's note: this edition of the Amphora Report is from several weeks ago, but is still apt at the moment]

“I say to all those who bet against Greece and against Europe: You lost and Greece won. You lost and Europe won.” –Jean-Claude Juncker, former prime minister of Luxembourg and president of the Eurogroup [...]