Category: Toby Birch

The Inevitable Trek to Tyranny
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The Inevitable Trek to Tyranny

Blog by Toby Birch ‘It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time’. This quote from Sir Winston Churchill is something of a surprise given that he was a lone voice opposing the appeasement of Nazi Germany prior to WWII. He […]

Investing in Megatrends: Green, Gold and Agriculture
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Investing in Megatrends: Green, Gold and Agriculture

Blog by Toby Birch Titanic Centenary It is sheer coincidence that the tragic sinking of the Titanic a century ago marked the point at which Britain’s economy was officially overtaken by America’s. A similar power shift is underway in modernity, albeit from West to East. It is likewise poignant to take stock and look back […]

Gaia: Financial Survival in a Finite World
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Gaia: Financial Survival in a Finite World

Blog by Toby Birch 23rd September 2011 In Greek mythology Gaia is the goddess of Mother Earth, the namesake of our Gaia Opportunities Fund. The combination of ethical and environmental investing is of course a familiar theme of recent years. However, the unspoken association with green investing is that of underperformance, high volatility or at […]

Islamic Wisdom will Save the West
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Islamic Wisdom will Save the West

Blog by Toby Birch 23rd September 2011 Very few Westerners are aware that much of the written knowledge of the Ancient world was saved from destruction then copied and enhanced by Islamic scholars. An academic powerhouse of the day known as the House of Wisdom was established during Europe’s Dark Ages. Much of the groundwork […]

Fiddling with the Thermometer
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Fiddling with the Thermometer

Blog by Toby Birch As the author of The Final Crash: Addictive Debt and the Deformation of the World Economy (published 2007), one is often asked for further forecasts. Investors are swiftly directed to two specific chapters: ‘2020 Vision’ and inevitably one about precious metals. Instead of the usual hysterical titles like ‘Become a Bullion […]

Bullion: throwing out the baby with the bathwater
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Bullion: throwing out the baby with the bathwater

Blog by Toby Birch 23rd September 2011 Unless one has been climbing Mount Everest or relaxing in a Retreat, investors will doubtless be aware of the wrenching sell-off in financial markets this week. This is having a contagion effect on the likes of precious metals which until a few days ago had been touted as […]

Gold and Silver: The Sale of the Century
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Gold and Silver: The Sale of the Century

Blog by Toby Birch 26th September 2011 The last week has witnessed one of the greatest tests in living memory for investors in precious metals. Gold endured its worst two-day slump since 1983. Silver likewise took its biggest tumble in 31 years. To put this into context, 1980 witnessed a spectacular price collapse once the […]