A selection of Marina's published articles

These articles have been published in the Economist, Standpoint Magazine, Financial Times, MoneyWeek, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Observer and more

Monthly Archives: November, 2015

MoneyWeek: Shun the benchmark huggers

If you want to put your money into the stockmarket, but don’t want to go to the effort and risk of picking individual stocks, you have two main options. You … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Don’t ignore the risks of retail bonds

“The biggest retail bond crash in the market’s history has quietly taken place,” says Kyle Caldwell in The Daily Telegraph. A London-listed bond issued by Eros International, an Indian film … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Merger creates upmarket giant in the hotel sector

America’s Marriott International is to buy Starwood Hotels, whose brands include Sheraton and Westin, for $12.2bn. Together they will form the world’s biggest hotel company with over 5,500 hotels, 1.1 … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Aldi and Lidl hit the big boys

Aldi and Lidl have reached an unprecedented combined grocery market share of 10%. They have doubled their slice of the UK grocery spend since 2012. An additional million shoppers opted … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Times Literary Supplement: Does philosophy have to be obscure?

I recently went to a public lecture at LSE hosted by the Forum for European Philosophy. The discussion was entitled “Does philosophy have to be obscure?” It struck me as … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Lonmin still on life support

South African platinum producer Lonmin has launched a third rights issue in seven years. It is selling 27 billion shares at 1p per share, a 94% discount to last week’s … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: The end of corporate tax havens?

American companies “are more profitable than ever”, says Ben Levisohn at Barron’s – partly due to how little tax they are paying. The corporate tax rate in America is among the … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Economy loses momentum

Preliminary figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest the UK’s economic recovery may have lost momentum in the third quarter of the year. GDP is estimated to have grown … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: TalkTalk hit by a cyberattack

Personal data on four million customers, potentially including bank details, was stolen from UK telecoms group TalkTalk in an “significant and sustained” attack by hackers last week, the company said. … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

MoneyWeek: Spain’s growth is less than it seems

Spain is “the current superstar economy of the eurozone”, says Mehreen Khan in The Daily Telegraph. Four years ago it was “embroiled in one of the worst banking and house-price … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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In a crowded London shop
An open book and empty cup 

On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

- Yeats

Always to shine,
to shine everywhere,
to the very deeps of the last days,
to shine—
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto—
and the sun’s!

- Mayakovsky

Can it pull extraordinary faces?
Is it usually sick on a swing?
Does it spend all its time at the races,
or fiddling with pieces of string?
Has it views of its own about money?
Does it think patriotism enough?
Are its stories vulgar but funny?
O tell me the truth about love.

- WH Auden