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Carney promised but the markets don’t believe him

The threat to quantitative easing – or QE – is like a nuclear deterrent. If rates are forced up by the markets, we will use QE, suggests the Bank of England, and therefore there is no need for it, as markets price in what might happen if they don’t heed...Read More

Posted Aug 29, 2013

What next for Microsoft?

Over the weekend the press were full of talk of Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, who has announced his plan to retire next year. This begs the question: what next for the company? Should it revisit the idea of a merger with Yahoo?

Some focused on the somewhat...Read More

Posted Aug 27, 2013

The wind farm bias

Did you read the one about wind farms that can only produce enough electricity to make a few cups of tea? What a scandal! Why do we need these cursed wind farms? Yet take another look, and it turns out that actually wind farms are growing in importance all the...Read More

Posted Aug 27, 2013

The UK’s export-led recovery

Is it for real? We keep hearing talk of an export-led recovery for the UK. But is it simply that the UK exports are so low that any rise looks to be quite significant in percentage terms. A new report from Ernst and Young provides just a hint that this...Read More

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Is Facebook’s plan to get 5 billion more users all about altruism?

You may have read about Mark Zuckerberg’s big idea for getting the remaining two thirds of the world’s population online. To achieve this, Facebook has tied up with a host of companies but noticeably not Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Many are cynical, but are they right? In an interview...Read More

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Zuckerberg dreams of five billion new customers

Time was when 2.7 billion seemed like quite a lot of people. That is how many of us are on the internet. But hold on, if the population of the world is around 7.1 billion, what about the remaining 4.4 billion of us? Never fear, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has...Read More

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Why haven’t UK exports grown faster?

There is good and bad side to a currency falling in value. A cheaper currency is bad news for importers. It is bad news for consumers who want to pay as little as possible for the goods they buy, and for their holidays abroad. A falling currency can be bad...Read More

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Germany saves 40 billion euros thanks to the euro crisis

Fear. In different times greed is just as important. But right now, and across most of Europe, fear is the key driver. Money sloshes around, and all that those who control it want to do is limit the downsize. They are trying to mitigate against fear. And so afraid are...Read More

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Greece will need another bail-out says Germany finance minister

There are two types of haircuts people dread. One involves a barber called Sweeny Todd and pies. The other involves debt. Of the two types of haircuts, the former never seems to be justifiable, the latter can be. And would you believe it, the latter may be back on again...Read More

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Bonuses surge, the reason is tax

April was a good month for bonuses. The reason is not hard to see. The upper tax rate was cut from 50 to 45 per cent in April so a lot of bonuses were deferred from the previous financial year. In all, April saw no less than £4.2 billion paid...Read More

Posted Aug 23, 2013

Is innovation killing jobs?

Technology is not always a good thing, it depends. Technology can kill jobs. As a result, fewer jobs may mean less demand, which may lead to less output. Innovation can lead to recession. This may have happened in 1930s. After all, the US Great Depression followed (with a time a...Read More

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Are stocks overvalued or not?

By one very important measure, stocks are set to crash. This will not be any old crash, but a really major one – as significant as 1929, 1987 or what we saw in 2000 and 2008. And the measure that tells us this is not some obscure ratio, familiar only...Read More

Posted Aug 20, 2013

The Asian panic

It happened in 1997, and some think it is happening again. Back in 1994 the US Federal Reserve upped interest rates, and so begun a cycle of tightening monetary policy. Money flowed from East to West, and in 1997 crisis was the watch word. The so called tiger economies of...Read More

Posted Aug 20, 2013

If content is king, long live the kings and queens – all of them

If you are really nerdy, not unlike the author of this article, you may never have recovered from the death of Blake. He was the eponymous hero of the TV series ‘Blake’s Seven’, who was killed off halfway through the series, only to apparently reappear in the last episode, but...Read More

Posted Aug 16, 2013

Dutch disease shows perils of an economy relying on rising house prices

It's an odd thing, isn’t it? Not so long ago, people were talking about Belgium as being the country in northern Europe that was most in danger of going the way of Spain, Portugal and co. And for a long time, Holland – along with Germany and Finland – had...Read More

Posted Aug 15, 2013

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