Economics

The ageing population bomb

6:24 a.m. Tue 02 Mar 2010

Another (economically) scary graph on the ageing population. This time from The Economist. It is not just the low birth …

Sterling crisis “claptrap”

5:01 a.m. Tue 02 Mar 2010

FT Alphaville had a great quote from HSBC FX Research on the supposed prospects for a “crisis” (i.e. a …

Shadow MPC “hold rates”

7:26 a.m. Sun 28 Feb 2010

The Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow MPC latest meeting produced a 6 to 3 vote in favour of holding rates …

A good recession for capitalists

6:50 a.m. Sun 28 Feb 2010

Profits have done comparatively well this recession, which is good news for investors and other business owners. Stumbling and Mumbling …

Europe’s new population bomb

6:22 a.m. Sun 28 Feb 2010

The threat of a lack of population is becoming as scary as the threat of too much. The term “population …

The impact of rising commodity prices

5:04 p.m. Tue 23 Feb 2010

Henderson New Star’s Money Moves Markets blog has some graphs and numbers on the large (20%) expected increase in …

Moodys reviews Greek bond ratings

8:02 a.m. Sat 20 Feb 2010

Moodys has placed a number of Greek government securities on downgrade review, in an announcement quoted by FT Alphaville. Moodys …

Whats wrong with the Tobin Tax

1:54 p.m. Wed 17 Feb 2010

The proposed .05% tax (a Tobin tax, although sometimes referred to as a Robin Hood tax) is generally very poorly …

Euro area 2010 growth of 1% expected

7:46 a.m. Wed 17 Feb 2010

The Euro area’s expected GDP growth is just 1% for the current year, according to a statement made by …

UK inflation numbers

10:44 a.m. Tue 16 Feb 2010

The ONS released consumer and producer price indices for January today, showing a rise in the rate of inflation, confirmed …

Greek government off-balance sheet debt

9:15 a.m. Mon 15 Feb 2010

The New York Times has revealed Greece’s use of off balance sheet debt, but misses an important implication in …

European economy -2.3% annual, +0.1% quarterly

7:47 a.m. Sat 13 Feb 2010

European economies only grew 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009, and have contracted 2.3% since the same …

Building industry orders: signs of recovery

2:41 p.m. Thu 12 Nov 2009

Orders in the building industry were flat in the third quarter with an increase public sector housing and infrastructure spending …

Bank of England inflation report

1:25 p.m. Wed 11 Nov 2009

In its Inflation Report the Bank of England does expect a short term rise in inflation above its target level …

Unemployment statistics no sign of recovery

12:48 p.m. Wed 11 Nov 2009

The latest labour market statistics do not seem to be a signal recovery, but indicates that households are short of …

Bank of England to print another $25bn

1:01 p.m. Thu 05 Nov 2009

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep the rate it pays commercial banks on their reserves …

US long term unemployment

8:44 a.m. Sun 01 Nov 2009

Economist Mark Thoma has a posted a graph of long (6 months plus) unemployment in the US. The graph has …

IMF report on UK

8:05 a.m. Fri 17 Jul 2009

The IMF’s report on the state of the UK economy (issued following annual discussion with the government) stresses the …

Retail sales growth

12:29 p.m. Tue 14 Jul 2009

The KPMG/British Retail Consortium numbers for retail sales growth shows total like-for-like sales growth of 1.7% year-on-year for …

UK inflation lower

10:08 a.m. Tue 14 Jul 2009

The latest release from the ONS shows inflation in the UK continued to fall, with the Retail Price Index (RPI …

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