As December strikes, for the second year your correspondent has decided that rather than shut down until January he will award another set of "Accolades" or "Irrationals". This year, to make things more interesting, themes from my Twitter account are included, which if nothing else opens the door to much more sarcasm.
We will get into the main body of the awards from Monday but I want to start the year by awarding an Irrational to the "Subversives of the Year" (or the "how did we miss that? award).
It’s time for the third award of this year’s Irrationals but first I need to highlight there are too many contenders for Headline of the Year to mention here so I will merely highlight one or two. I have deliberately chosen to ignore headlines around the two major events of the year, the UK referendum (I still don't like the ‘B’ word) and the US presidential election.
There were some absolute crackers this year, some in financial markets, some not.
Statistics are a very important part of financial markets – sometimes they serve a very important purpose, sometimes they don’t. As we continue with the Irrationals, it seemed sensible to run through a few data sets that help, or rather don’t help, because after all, this column seldom likes the sensible, helpful route.
So this is truly an Irrational rather than an Accolade and into the bargain it offers me the opportunity to take a dig at one of my favourite targets!