Allister Heath

Allister Heath
Allister Heath

Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and digitally. Under his editorship, the paper, which has now grown to an audited print circulation of 128,781 copies per day, has become an influential voice in London's business community. Heath's trenchant daily column in the paper covers economics, finance, politics, geopolitics, business strategy and other subjects and has gathered an increasingly large following.

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Monday 06 January 2014
HAPPY New Year, dear readers, and welcome to our first edition of 2014.
Friday 13 December 2013
SLOWLY but surely, Britain is rebalancing its trade.
Thursday 12 December 2013
IT is time for our political establishment to get its act together and take the tough decisions this country needs. The case in favour of airport expansion is overwhelming.
Wednesday 11 December 2013
IT was Milton Friedman who put it best. There are four ways to spend money, he once wrote. You can spend your own cash on yourself – you have a great incentive to economise and get the best bang for your buck.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
THERE is a view, rather fashionable in economics at the moment, that the Western economies are facing long-term stagnation.
Monday 09 December 2013
REAL wages are still falling, on average, and nobody seems to know what to do about it. Even though the economy is growing, millions are seeing their incomes depressed by low nominal pay rises and highish inflation.
Friday 06 December 2013
THERE can be no doubt that this Winter Budget – as it should really have been called – was a great win for George Osborne. For the first time since around 2007, Britain is moving in the right, rather than the wrong, direction.
Thursday 05 December 2013
THERE has long been a debilitating tension at the heart of this government’s thinking on the economy.
Wednesday 04 December 2013
IT is not possible to put a positive spin on Britain’s results in the latest global education league tables: they reveal an appalling, shameful, tragic waste of talent. It is an embarrassing failure for a country that ought to be doing so much bet
Tuesday 03 December 2013
IT WAS meant to be one of the most basic rules of economics: the more people produce, the more they get paid. It is a long-standing, near-universal relationship that helps to explain why some jobs are so much more lucrative than others.
Monday 02 December 2013
EVERY little helps. George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on Thursday will contain some positive changes, for which it would be churlish not to congratulate him.
Friday 29 November 2013
ONE of the great but ultimately vacuous buzzwords of the Blair years was “joined-up government”; a fuzzy, heart-warming attempt at making sure that every part of the state machinery worked together, trying to achieve the same objectives.
Thursday 28 November 2013
WHEN Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century Prime Minister, wrote of “two nations, between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy”, he was of course referring to the rich and the poor.
Wednesday 27 November 2013
BUSINESSES are often very good at predicting the trends in their own, narrow markets – but they are not always able to see the big picture clearly.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
SOMETIMES I really do wonder who is in power in this country. Is it a Tory-Lib Dem coalition, dedicated to ensuring the UK is open to business, or is it the Labour party?
Monday 25 November 2013
IT was the fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination this weekend. Yet amid all the retrospectives, not enough has been said about his tax policies, which were better than those of almost any Western government in power today.
Friday 22 November 2013
SLOWLY but surely, George Osborne’s budget deficit is going down. It is still far too large for comfort, and the rate at which it is improving remains disappointing, but at least the numbers are moving emphatically in the right direction.
Thursday 21 November 2013
IF you want to see what real austerity looks like, take a trip to the US. Real federal spending is set to slump by six per cent in the fourth quarter, compared with the same period a year ago, according to Goldman Sachs.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
IMAGINE the following scenario. It’s 2024 and we are in the middle of a major banking crisis caused by a political implosion in China.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
REMEMBER the righteous folk telling us that the problem with banking was all those nasty, profit making global corporations, with their horrid shareholders and especially those awful hedge funds?
Monday 18 November 2013
LISTEN up, entrepreneurs: you are about to get your own trade union. Yes, you read that right – a union, or at least a pressure group, specifically set up to fight for those who create and set up businesses.
Friday 15 November 2013
IT is welcome news that a US federal court ruled last night that Google can continue to build a digital library by scanning more than 20m books.
Thursday 14 November 2013
LAST night was an occasion to remember: City A.M.’s fourth annual awards celebrating the best and brightest of London’s business and financial communities.
Thursday 14 November 2013
IT’S official: even the Bank of England now agrees that the economy is recovering.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
IT IS usually a pretty good rule of thumb that nobody really learns anything from booms and busts.

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