Mike Bird

Mike Bird


Writing about markets @WSJ. Interested in markets, macro, history, UK / EZ / Japan / EM. My views, but you're welcome to them: mike.bird@wsj.com

42506 followers  •  1731 follow  •  London  •  

Every now and again I unmute someone who I've had hidden for over a year. How bad can they be if I followed them in the first place, I say? The answer is: Absolutely terrible, Past Mike knew what he was doing, never unmute

Sorry to inform you all that this violently awful finance swag exists (HT @tara_mulholland )

@CRTejada  "There is no other country that we could find that had a similarly stable record of economic performance over four years, as far back as we could find quarterly economic data, for the top 20 economies in the world. "

tweet picture

I think journalism gets a lot of well-justified agita for its flaws and failings, which journalists sometimes aren't interested enough in listening to. But I'm surprised that the public relations industry doesn't come under somewhat more scrutiny from the same complainants.

Anyone aware of a @gocardigan-like  service for bulk-downloading and deleting old tweets? It was incredibly useful.

@UreshP  Well Japanese fertility rates are lower, but given how much poorer China is than Japan I'd say substantially worse. When Japan had the GDP per cap China does today (1960s). Total fertility rate was above 2 (1.6 in China now)

I think HE/edu changes are the biggest part. China's rate is unusually low for a country so poor though.

Loading
Loading

Police officer had his baton taken from him and was attacked with it. Drew his pistol and aimed at protesters. Astonished nobody killed here tonight.

Shinzo Abe has installed the beaver door-knocker he brought back from Canada

This is so cool. The UK's current heatwave is exposing the outline of ancient hill forts and settlements. Soil quality today is still affected by iron age construction, so the grass on top changes colour at a different pace in the sun. HT

tweet picture

These videos are bonkers. Regardless of what you think of the protests or their political expediency, you get a handful of videos every week that suggest officers out there are just not up to the job they're faced with (Source: )

This is an amazing piece. To censor China's internet, the censors have to be taught the real version of Chinese history so that they know what to block.

tweet picture

A really excellent @trey_menefee  article on HKPF here. The force is unusually large and acts as a gendarmerie. It is unusually well paid, inspiring loyalty, exercises serious political authority and has no institutional checks.

Half of the population of the UK lives inside this snake

tweet picture

Mohammed bin Salman's plan for Saudi Arabia's $500bn city of the future sound like the ramblings of a 8-year old who's just been to Epcot for the first time.

tweet picture

Brilliant - pictures of an old bloke with cool tattoos in Thailand go viral. Turns out he's a Yakuza boss on the run

tweet picture

I've seen hundreds of articles about protecting young people from social media, limiting screen time, the perils of Instagram envy etc. Far fewer about protecting credulous old people from their chronic incapacity to discern reality from make-believe

Loading
Loading