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

Category Archives: Marina’s Imaginary Millions

Money Observer: The issue with liking trainers as much as I do

I have never heard a laugh as loud as the one let out by my local cobbler when I brought him my old trainers. ‘We don’t re-heel trainers, nobody does,’ … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: What the travel industry tells us about the state of globalisation

Many UK-listed companies reported profits this year, but certain businesses did not: notably travel and leisure sector firms such as Easyjet. After six consecutive years, Easyjet’s growth success story has … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: On gold

In Greek mythology, King Midas famously craved the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. At first he was delighted to turn a twig into gold, but once he … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Why our politicians should be able to price a potato

It’s often said that politicians are so detached they don’t even know the price of a pint of milk or a loaf of bread. In 1992, then-president of the United … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Boxed in by London’s rental market

When 22-year-old Joe Peduzzi came to view a room in east London at the end of 2015, he was in for a surprise. The double room in Bethnal Green costing … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: The sinister side of bank lending

The other week I went to see a play called Labyrinth at Hampstead Theatre in London. It’s impressive to see a play that manages to be engaging while explaining an … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: BA does its bit to end EU free movement

  In the eleventh hour before a weekend trip to Prague with friends, I was about to pack my cabin-size hand luggage, when I got a curious text from something … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: Hands Off My Cappuccino

A certain piece of advice has been circulating in personal finance discussions like a pesky fly. Now that it has landed on Tube posters, it is safe to call it … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Money Observer: What fund managers can learn from cartoon villains

There is a lot we can learn from what pop culture tells the youngest members of our society. Take the cartoon character Mr Krabs, who is the owner of the … Continue reading

December 17, 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