Columnist at The Bear's Lair

Martin O. Hutchinson is an investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience, Hutchinson has worked on both Wall Street and Fleet Street and is a leading expert on the international financial markets. At Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Hutchinson was a Senior Vice President in charge of the ... more


We Are Re-Running 1973-74
The 1973 oil crisis, the first major crack in Western political/economic hegemony. I had hoped we had left that period behind forever, but alas we seem fated to repeat it, albeit with different details.
How Can We De-Corporatize?
Adam Smith warned us about large corporations.
Dogecoin Beats The Digital Dollar
The Fed, the People’s Bank of China, and the Bank of England are planning digital currencies linked to their currencies.
Liquidate, Liquidate, Liquidate
Liquidate, liquidate, liquidate was the supposed advice of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon to President Herbert Hoover after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It was good advice, which Hoover did not follow.
A Re-Focus On Dividends
U.S. corporate earnings and the stock market, in general, have become divorced from reality, with corporations increasingly ignoring stockholders in favor of a politically correct “woke” agenda.
Economic Ineptitude Reaching 1690s Levels
There is no question the quality of economic policymaking peaked under Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1812-27), and has gone into sad decline ever since.


Latest Comments
Private Equity And Hedge Funds Are Bad Investments
11 months ago

Hedge funds would be good investments in a time of tight money, such as we have not had for 20 plus years. Today the Fed spraying money about means there is more money than good deals.

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FITB Fifth Third Bancorp
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Latest Posts
The Bear's Lair: Britain’s Overton Window Must Reopen To Liverpool
Now that the brave British have voted to exit the European Union, they need a new philosophy of government. They must reopen the Overton Window, shut for over 150 years, for the “original definition” Conservatism of Lord Liverpool.

Work Experience

The Bear's Lair
2000 - Present (21 years 9 months)
Reuters BreakingViews
2006 - 2015 (9 years 7 months)
Contributing Editor
Agora Publishing
2006 - 2013 (7 years 7 months)
Business and Economics Editor
United Press International (UPI)
2000 - 2004 (4 years 6 months)


Harvard Business School
1971 / 1973
Trinity College
1968 / 1971


Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister: Lord Liverpool
Martin Hutchinson
The Lutterworth Press

Britain’s Greatest Prime Minister: Lord Liverpool unpicks two centuries of Whig history to redeem Lord Liverpool (1770-1828) from ‘arch-mediocrity’ and establish him as the greatest political leader the country has ever seen.

In the past, biographers of Lord Liverpool have not sufficiently acknowledged the importance of his foremost skill: economic policy. Here, Hutchinson’s experience provides a more specialised perspective on Liverpool’s economic legacy than most historians are able to offer.

From his adept handling of unparalleled economic and social difficulties, to his strategic defeat of Napoleon and unprecedented approach to the subsequent peace process, Liverpool is shown to have set Britain’s course for prosperity and effective government for the following century. 

Alchemists of Loss: How modern finance and government intervention crashed the financial system
Kevin Dowd & Martin Hutchinson

An engaging look at how modern finance almost destroyed our global economy

Over the last thirty years, capital markets have been restructured through the tenets of modern finance. This has been enormously profitable for the financial services sector. However, these innovations, coupled with unsound risk and regulatory practices have proved disastrous for the global economy.

In a clear and accessible style, ex-investment banker and financial journalist Martin Hutchinson, and highly respected academic, Kevin Dowd show how modern finance combined with easy money threatened to bring down the world financial system. At the heart of the book is modern finance as a U.S. invention, the theories and practices associated with them, and the changes they made in business models and risk management on Wall Street and other major financial centers.

Great Conservatives
Martin Hutchinson
Academica Press

Great Conservatives looks at British history through the philosophy of Conservatism that animated the great Tory governments of 1783 to 1830. By examining leading figures in the growth, triumph, and decline of Conservatism, a different picture emerges that illuminates the political, social, and economics forces that created the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution.

True Blue Will Never Stain
Martin Hutchinson
Martin Hutchinson

Home of The Bear's Lair and Martin's historical musings.