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George Magnus has occupied a front row seat as events have challenged governments, economies and financial systems around the world since the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. He is widely credited with having identified the trigger points leading to the crisis and with helping us to understand its lingering consequences.

Once the Chief Economist of UBS, George now works as an independent economist, author and speaker. His views and opinions appear regularly in the written and social media, radio and TV. He is the author of The Age of Aging (2008) which assesses one of our leading contemporary economic and social challenges, and of Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? (2011), which considers the rise of and prospects for emerging markets, especially China. His new book, Red Flags: why Xi Jinping’s China is in Jeopardy, will be published by Yale University Press in 2018.

This website gathers together many of George Magnus’s articles, opinion pieces and commentaries on these and other topics, and offers an opportunity for feedback.

The stock market’s historic fall was likely noise—the real story is the growing US deficit

This is the worst possible time for unfunded and ideologically-driven tax cuts. The Republican fiscal wreckers have learned nothing

This is no “Golden Era” for Sino-British relations, even if the government wishes it were so

With Brexit Britain desperate for trade, it’s not so much a golden era as getting down to brass tacks

China’s date with real deleveraging will have to wait

Politics and the financial crackdown have elbowed economic concerns aside for now, but not for long

Looking behind China’s GDP curtain

China’s latest GDP report states that the economy grew by nearly 7 per cent in 2017 but the official statistics are misleading and manicured

John McDonnell, an unlikely Davos man

There are few things as incongruous as this Labour Shadow Chancellor joining up with what he might easily call “class enemies” in Davos.