About

I worked as a fund manager/ analyst for 25 years until May 2022. I started in Fixed Income and Currency, but most recently led an award-winning Global Asset Allocation investment team of 26 professionals, based across four time-zones, managing c$160bn AuM for a range of institutional and retail clients at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. You can find my LinkedIn profile here.

While stuff I post may look quite worky, this is actually a non-work blog.

If you want to follow me on Twitter I am @toby_n

Here are some links to stuff I’ve written that is not on this blog:

Stuff I’ve suggested and the government has done:

Stuff I’ve suggested but the government hasn’t done:

  • Neville Hill and I suggested a change to fiscal rules that would remove from them pro-cyclicality in Alphaville by linking understanding of debt sustainability to debt service costs (in November 2019). The piece went out shortly after a major report from the Resolution Foundation that included a similar line of argument, amidst a more comprehensive framework (government net worth targets etc) which all UK political parties adopted.
  • Solve the UK pension crisis by funding the unfunded public sector pension schemes with tradable inflation-linked gilts so as to strengthen the public-sector employee claim, reversing a market distortion that I believed was killing the private sector defined benefit pension, and deepen capital markets. (I think that this idea might be passed its sell-by date as the public-sector union support may have shut down as they have seen their claims cut already, and pretty much all the remaining large private sector defined benefit pension schemes have closed.)

Stuff about economics/ markets

  • A quick blog for FT Alphaville in July 2022 looking at the shortfall at the Bank of England’s Asset Purchase Fund Facility, and asking what this might mean politically given the Conservative leadership election.
  • An opinion column in the FT in July 2022 about the collateral call facing UK defined benefit pension schemes after the rise in bond yields in H1 2022.
  • A piece that Tony Yates and I wrote for FT Alphaville in June 2022 criticising the NIESR and NEF proposals to change Bank of England monetary policy operations aimed at reducing the fiscal costs attached to QE in a higher rate environment. The wonderful people on Radio Four‘s More or Less talked to me about this and the resulting programme can be found here.
  • Another piece that Tony Yates and I wrote, this time for VoxEU in October 2017 examining the Bank of Japan’s ETF purchase programme, estimating market impact.
  • A comment piece in the FT in June 2017 about how investors have done well by investing in inflation-linked bonds because we have experienced disinflation.
  • A piece that Matt Tickle and I wrote on VoxEU in 2017 examining a previously undiscussed transmission channel for QE in the UK: shadow borrowing from defined benefit pension schemes.
  • A submission made to the UK Parliamentary Treasury Select Committee on post-2008 monetary policy in early 2017.
  • David Aaronovitch did a nice Briefing Room Radio 4 programme on QE in September 2016, and kindly had me involved here.
  • A piece on How money works that I wrote up for colleagues and clients, which was generously examined by The Economist in June 2016 here.
  • A blog on FT Alphaville about labour power, productivity and robots in 2016.
  • A piece I wrote on VoxEU in May 2015 arguing that the natural rate of interest is determined by labour power. An extended and slightly more developed version won the Society of Professional Economists’ 2015/16 Rybczynski Prize, here. And probably the most succinct and least geeky version that I wrote for Juncture in 2016, here.
  • My MPhil dissertation that I wrote about the political economy of the Southern Cone currency and debt crisis of 1998-2002. I’d managed the EM bond portfolios at my old firm during the latter half of this period (I wrote this piece on a brief sabbatical), and this is pretty much a practitioner’s perspective, informed by a bunch of anonymous policymaker and practitioner interviews, a whole lot of reading, and the supervision of Michael Kuczynski.
  • If you want to see my professional views on my old employer’s website, have a look here and here. There is usually one or two things a quarter, plus videos of the investment outlook, fund reviews etc.

Finally, not content with one non-work blog, my Ello is here. This has little blogs that I write from time to time on tube journeys home.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Toby,

    I recently read your piece on labour power – congratulations, it’s fantastic!

    I just was wondering if you think the reduction of labour power is sufficiently framed by starting in the 1980s? Are the factors that lead to the 60s and 70s run up of unemployment, interest rates and inflation worth considering in the post 1980 world and is labour’s power prior to 1980 worth examing too? I hope I’ve described that clearly!

    Cheers,
    Eugene
    (Melbourne)

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