Category Archives: Euro Zone

Thatcher’s Britain

The passing of Baroness Thatcher reminds us that the UK was in a terrible state in the 1970s and how far it had fallen from the peak of its powers hundred years before. ¬†What made Britain the global superpower in … Continue reading

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QE cash, where does it end up?

A quick note on Simon Jenkins’ piece in the Guardian today on where all the Bank of England’s QE cash has gone. He says he can’t find it anywhere but if you take a quick look at the BOE’s weekly … Continue reading

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In the long run the Euro will survive, in the short term it remains on life support

The trouble with the Euro Zone is that the plan is a long term restructuring program with very few measures to help ease the pain in the short term. But as we all know, “We’re all dead in the long … Continue reading

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The UK’s Top Export Markets

The UK’s top export markets are dominated by both US and European countries as would be expected. The US is the UK’s biggest export market in terms of individual countries so any improvement in the US economy should be beneficial … Continue reading

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Inflation: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

It has been said over the past few years, that the presence of elevated inflation in the economy can help to reduce the debt burden. One way to do this is monetising debt by using the Bank of England printing … 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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ECB’s Rate Cut And Liquidity Analgesic

The ECB’s latest rate cut and 36 month liquidity operations can ease interbank liquidity problems, but it acts more as a painkiller for a bullet wound and much deeper surgery is needed in the form of Euro Zone restructuring. Since … Continue reading

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