One of the downsides to my work is the extensive amount of air travel that I have to do. My journeys, a few times a month, are primarily to various parts of Europe (east and west), India, the Far East and Africa.
As a young commodity trader living and working in Singapore in 1986 I recall an incident during the visit of the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, David Lange.
Two weeks in the world of finance seems to be an eternity these days, with more incidents packed in than one normally encounters in a year of normal living. Two weeks ago, in this column, I wrote about the turmoil in Europe, led by the Greek financial crisis, but rapidly spreading to other eurozone countries.
Three months ago in this column I wrote about the 'Greek Tragedy' and two weeks later about 'Immoral Moral Hazard.'
Two days ago, the Chinese government revealed that in March their nation had a US$7.2bn trade deficit.