Five years after his 2012 UK Government review of equity markets John Kay will discuss progress as well as his most recent book "The long and the short of it"


John Kay: The long and the short of it

📅19 October 2017
18:30 - 20:00 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Event fully booked


👤John Kay, Economist and writer


Professor John Kay is one of Edinburgh University's most distinguished alumni, described by the Financial Times as "both a first-class economist and an excellent writer." Professor Kay chaired the UK government review of equity markets in 2012, and five years on we will hear his views on the direction markets are taking. How much has changed in those years, and how fit for purpose are markets today?

And in an age when Donald Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns” are becoming the new reality, what directions will he be taking in his next book, on uncertainty? “There is a world of difference,” he says, “between low-probability events drawn from the tail of a known statistical distribution and extreme events that happen but had not previously been imagined. And it is usually the latter that give rise to crises — and opportunities.”

As well as his academic credentials, Professor Kay has practical experience, as a director of a number of major institutions over the years, and as a hugely successful investor in his own right. Of John's latest book, "The long and short of it," the BBC's Stephanie Flanders said in the Financial Times: "This book packs an extraordinary amount of insight into a deceptively small space." We look forward to an evening of his characteristic clarity and dry humour.

This event is being held jointly with the CFA Society of the UK and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

After John's presentation George Littlejohn, senior advisor to CISI and Edinburgh alumnus, will chair a Q&A with the audience.

The event starts at 6.30pm and will be followed at 8pm with a networking drinks reeption and book signing.

George Littlejohn

George graduated in economics from Edinburgh University before qualifying as a chartered accountant with the then Price Waterhouse in London. He moved from there to become a journalist with The Economist, and is now Senior Adviser to the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, dividing his time between homes in London and Edinburgh. He launched Professional Investor magazine for the Society of Investment Analysts and was its editor for the first five years.


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