Category Archives: Economics

Help us George, just not like that!

Oh George, what are you trying to do with the housing market?  The help-to-buy scheme is 100% politics and 0% economics. It will boost house prices, as if the Bank of England wasn’t doing enough, and perhaps give a “feel … Continue reading

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UK Veto Is A Smokescreen For Much Greater EZ Failures

The headlines in the aftermath of last week’s EU summit have largely been focused on the UK veto but surely the more important issue is what Germany is unwillingly to do to save the Euro. Economists generally agree that two … Continue reading

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Sachs Hits Out At US Inequality From Taxes To Corruption in Congress

Last night Professor Jeffery Sachs gave a great lecture at the London School of Economics on the long-term structural crisis facing the US. For 30 years successive governments have implemented policies aimed at making life easier for the 1% of … Continue reading

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Euroskeptic Brits Face Tough Euro-Zone Choice

Europeans have never quite understood Britain’s reluctance to fully commit to closer ties but the reasons lie in a long history of independence. Britain is heading for an extremely tough choice which could affect the future prosperity of the country. … Continue reading

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The Inflationary Risks Of QE

The Bank of England restarted quantitative easing earlier this month to combat the deterioration of the UK economy. However, past experience shows that this is a blunt instrument for injecting stimulus into the economy. It’s true that the initial QE … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Austerity

Martin Wolf of the Finanical Times, spoke on BBC’s Newsnight last night of the UK’s Paradox of Thrift. This was first phrased by Keynes and it basically means that when consumers decide to save money in  a recession and deleverage, … Continue reading

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Time To Shock And Awe Euro Zone

Congratulations to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for winning the vote in the Bundestag on the EUR440 billion EFSF. But, it’s not big enough. To save the Euro a “shock and awe” policy needs to be implemented to remove any doubts … Continue reading

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