What they say

Stephen Archer is a speaker with great charisma. By using illustrations and personal experiences and not being afraid to share his own point of view of the current situation and who is to blame for it, he engages the whole audience, at the same time helping us all to understand the credit crunch a little better.

— Warwick Business School


Student unemployment – a tragedy of waste

September 24th, 2010 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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All that talent looking forward to a bright future thanks to years of hard work, knowledge acquisition, the development of enquiring minds and talent. This year in the UK,  300, 000 graduated. I estimate the current unemployment rate of these to be worryingly close to 50% three months after graduation. Of the graduates under 24…

Trade Unions to press self destruct button?

September 20th, 2010 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Oh dear – are we heading for industrial unrest and protest at the government cuts? Will there be some ghastly throwback to the 1970s and pointless strikes that destroy value and jobs? The TUC conference has slipped into last week’s news as the party conference season gets into full swing but we should not relax…

Barclays – A sparkling Jewel or an indulgent Diamond?

September 8th, 2010 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

When a new CEO is announced with a package of circa £11m then, even in buoyant times, there will be raised eyebrows and widespread distaste. What is too much earnings? Well in the UK, £11m is way more than any man needs – so it is excessive and as a shareholder I would challenge it…

A double dip – maybe, but more of a BLIP

September 1st, 2010 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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The double dip question has increased in intensity over the past few months. The fragile UK recovery and the stuttering US recovery (combined with Obama’s decreasing authority) have served to undermine confidence and drive investors away from equities to treasury bonds, gold and other safer havens. This, despite the fact that corporations are generally performing…