January 2016 archive

Jan 30

Charles Smith Remembered

I was saddened to learn of the sudden death earlier this week of Charles Smith following a suspected heart attack. Charles, a partner in Brodies LLP, was widely acknowledged as one of the foremost environmental and energy lawyers in Scotland, at a time when the regulatory framework applying to both was in a state of …

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Jan 29

A Land Value Tax for Scotland

The devolution of greater financial powers to Scotland presents both a threat and an opportunity. The threat is that growth and productivity in the Scottish economy could be adversely affected if taxes are poorly designed or applied at higher rates than in England. This risk was highlighted by the Government’s proposals in late 2014 to …

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Jan 12

The Kondratieff Wave and the Bond Market

Following commentary over the past three months on the Kondratieff cycle, the question has been raised as to how an investor can tell whether financial markets are in the upswing or downswing phase of a long wave. During the upswing, private sector investment is strong and rising; share prices increase over time in real terms; …

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