Category Archives: UK

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: Driving down a blind ally

The UK Budget is seriously missing the point. It will not create any growth and the already bleak forecasts will have to be downgraded again. Here’s why. The financial industry was one of the main drivers of the economy before the … 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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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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The Trials and Tribulations of the UK Economy

No real surpises accompany the latest UK GDP figures. The UK economy is in bad shape, shrinking by 0.2% in the last quarter of 2011, but with the government intent on its austerity path and the UK’s biggest trading partner, … 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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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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