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China sees rebound, but there's another kick coming

China’s manufacturing was teetering on the brink of recession, suggested one normally reliable indicator a couple of months ago. Well, just for once, there is good news. The recovery has begun in earnest. But then again, China has got a much bigger shock coming its way. The shock has got nothing to do with trade wars, or currency manipulation. Instead, it relates to that old chestnut, demographics.

China is a big country, but even so this seems a tad greedy, for the economy behind the Great Wall has got no less...Read More

House prices see modest jump in September

The latest housing survey from the Nationwide was out this morning. What with reports from Hometrack, and the Bank of England’s latest news on lending to individuals, it has been a busy few days for gauging the strength of the UK housing market. What does the data say?

Actually, the...Read More

Posted Sep 30, 2010

China sees rebound, but there's another kick coming

China’s manufacturing was teetering on the brink of recession, suggested one normally reliable indicator a couple of months ago. Well, just for once, there is good news. The recovery has begun in earnest. But then again, China has got a much bigger shock coming its way. The shock has got...Read More

Posted Sep 30, 2010

EC sanctions miss their mark

EC sanctions miss their mark

A cunning plan is set to be unveiled in the Eurozone to punish member states which commit the sin of either getting into big debt, running up trade deficits or allowing housing bubbles. Like so many cunning plans, however, this one misses the point.

The trouble with...Read More

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Print money, or it’s the end of democracy, says Bank of England man; stop printing money, or it's trade war, says Brazil

It is hard to envisage two more diverse views. Adam Posen, member of the Bank of England MPC has said that unless the Bank of England prints more money, the UK will be torn apart by political instability. Meanwhile, Brazil’s finance minister has warned of an impending currency war,...Read More

Posted Sep 29, 2010

US house prices key report coming soon

Later today will see the latest US house price stats from Case-Shiller. Four weeks ago the 20-City House Prices index was still positive – up 1 per cent in June. But recent data indicated that US new home sales in August stayed at the same record low set the previous...Read More

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Students opt for entrepreneur as career of choice

According to research from Hiscox, no less than 40 per cent of students in London are either running their own business or are about to do so. And Hull, the city that has suffered from permanent economic depression for decades, is second in the chart of would-be entrepreneurs. It’s good...Read More

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Gold and silver soar as race to bottom begins

Gold seems to be passing all-time highs with almost tedious regularity. Silver has passed a 30-year high. Meanwhile, a trade war between China and the US has come a step closer. Everyone wants the same thing, but they just can’t have it, and that’s why the safe havens are looking...Read More

Posted Sep 27, 2010

Another Investment Banker Set For Top UK Banking Job

Gulliver travels to the top

What’s up at HSBC? It all started innocuously enough, with HSBC Chairman Stephen Green announcing his intention to step down and take up the role of trade minister. No one had a problem with that. Mr Green is widely considered to be a good...Read More

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Is the euro crisis returning?

Markets threw a hissy fit yesterday, as data revealed that the Irish economy is still firmly stuck in recession. But it is not just Ireland that is being blighted. Yields on Portuguese bonds have been rising like a Ronaldo free kick, and evidence elsewhere suggests that the Eurozone economy, including...Read More

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Does FSA want house prices to fall?

Michael Coogan, Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, has said in a speech that the new regime of mortgage regulation proposed by the FSA will lead to falls in house prices. Is he right, and if he is, maybe he is wrong to think this is a...Read More

Posted Sep 23, 2010

EC sanctions miss their mark

EC sanctions miss their mark

A cunning plan is set to be unveiled in the Eurozone to punish member states which commit the sin of either getting into big debt, running up trade deficits or allowing housing bubbles. Like so many cunning plans, however, this one misses the point.

The trouble with...Read More

Posted Sep 29, 2010

House prices see modest jump in September

The latest housing survey from the Nationwide was out this morning. What with reports from Hometrack, and the Bank of England’s latest news on lending to individuals, it has been a busy few days for gauging the strength of the UK housing market. What does the data say?

Actually, the...Read More

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Print money, or it’s the end of democracy, says Bank of England man; stop printing money, or it's trade war, says Brazil

It is hard to envisage two more diverse views. Adam Posen, member of the Bank of England MPC has said that unless the Bank of England prints more money, the UK will be torn apart by political instability. Meanwhile, Brazil’s finance minister has warned of an impending currency war,...Read More

Posted Sep 29, 2010

US house prices key report coming soon

Later today will see the latest US house price stats from Case-Shiller. Four weeks ago the 20-City House Prices index was still positive – up 1 per cent in June. But recent data indicated that US new home sales in August stayed at the same record low set the previous...Read More

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Spend, spend, spend, demands Bank of England deputy governor

As you know, we have all got to save more. Pay off debt, and start preparing for our retirement. Errr, this is odd. Yesterday, in an interview on Channel 4 News, Charlie Bean, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, called for consumers to go out and spend, and...Read More

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Capitalism sees new birth in Cuba

The dominos stopped falling at Cuba. When the Soviet Union collapsed, capitalism was in the ascendance, but it didn’t reach as far as Cuba. And that brings us to an irony. On the eve of the credit crunch, when some argued capitalism was dying, it seems Cuba is at last...Read More

Posted Sep 27, 2010

ICB in bank break up threat

Today the ICB spoke – that’s the Independent Commission on Banking. It seems a break up of the banks is still on the cards.

The Chairman of the Commission, Sir John Vickers, put it like this: “Questions about the structure of banking need to be debated in an open, rational...Read More

Posted Sep 24, 2010

Bank of England drops in new quantitative easing hint

You could say quantitative easing (QE) is not very popular with some people, but then you could say the Devil is not much liked around here. For some, the two opinions mean pretty much the same thing. Even so, the latest minutes from the Bank of England revealed more QE...Read More

Posted Sep 23, 2010

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