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Greece and Germany lead the way to greater competitiveness

Yes, it was no typo. According to data produced by the OECD, Greece will sit alongside Germany as one of the most competitive economies in Europe within two years. Mind you, the data does rather assume Greeks are about to make enormous sacrifices.

See if you can guess which country is expected to be left behind?

It all boils to unit labour costs. That is how much it costs for labour to produce things. And Greece is set to see unit labour costs plummet, a bit like Icarus falling from the...Read More

Carney is the man for the UK, but will he be the man to ruffle the Fed?

And so the Bank of England gets a new boss. Or at least it will get a new boss later next year, when Mervyn King steps down.

It’s interesting that the Bank of E has does the equivalent of hiring Sven Goran Eriksson or Fabio Capello and looked outside these shores for its...Read More

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Greece and Germany lead the way to greater competitiveness

Yes, it was no typo. According to data produced by the OECD, Greece will sit alongside Germany as one of the most competitive economies in Europe within two years. Mind you, the data does rather assume Greeks are about to make enormous sacrifices.

See if you can guess which country...Read More

Posted Nov 29, 2012

The troubles of HP: is the PC dying, and is the company falling victim to innovators’ dilemma?

HP has lashed out. When it paid $11billion for a UK software company that produced a search engine that no one really seemed to understand, some said they didn’t understand what HP was up to.

Back then the PC company was under the leadership of Leo Apotheker. A former boss at...Read More

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Will China’s next leader be an Obama or a Gorbachev?

This column has said some pretty positive stuff about China’s Premier Wen Jiabao in the past. Mr Wen is a smart guy. He was once seen at the annual conference of the world’s leaders at Davos, carrying a worn, and obviously much loved, copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. He...Read More

Posted Nov 09, 2012

Obama thrashes Romney with score draw

It all boils down to checks and balances.

Obama has won himself another four years in office, but Congress is still split.

If you are pro Republican, that’s a relief; at least President Obama can be held in check. If you are a Democrat that’s a blow, a major blow. Will Congress...Read More

Posted Nov 07, 2012

Good news on US economy in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy

The hurricane delayed things. The latest report on US consumer confidence was due on Tuesday, but in the end it had to wait until Thursday. When it saw the light of day, the news was good.

Last month US consumer confidence, according to the Conference Board, hit its highest level since...Read More

Posted Nov 02, 2012

The troubles of HP: is the PC dying, and is the company falling victim to innovators’ dilemma?

HP has lashed out. When it paid $11billion for a UK software company that produced a search engine that no one really seemed to understand, some said they didn’t understand what HP was up to.

Back then the PC company was under the leadership of Leo Apotheker. A former boss at...Read More

Posted Nov 23, 2012

Carney is the man for the UK, but will he be the man to ruffle the Fed?

And so the Bank of England gets a new boss. Or at least it will get a new boss later next year, when Mervyn King steps down.

It’s interesting that the Bank of E has does the equivalent of hiring Sven Goran Eriksson or Fabio Capello and looked outside these shores for its...Read More

Posted Nov 29, 2012

Will China’s next leader be an Obama or a Gorbachev?

This column has said some pretty positive stuff about China’s Premier Wen Jiabao in the past. Mr Wen is a smart guy. He was once seen at the annual conference of the world’s leaders at Davos, carrying a worn, and obviously much loved, copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. He...Read More

Posted Nov 09, 2012

Obama thrashes Romney with score draw

It all boils down to checks and balances.

Obama has won himself another four years in office, but Congress is still split.

If you are pro Republican, that’s a relief; at least President Obama can be held in check. If you are a Democrat that’s a blow, a major blow. Will Congress...Read More

Posted Nov 07, 2012

The triple dip?

When the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed data to show the UK economy was contracting again at the end of last year, a lot of people were surprised.

So cast your mind back to January 2012, or 25 January to be precise. The UK’s official statistical authority released data showing...Read More

Posted Nov 05, 2012

Is austerity increasing our debts?

Look, you have to be patient. It takes time to repay debt, but once it is repaid, well…yippee. That is one argument.

Others go further, and say things such as: “If it isn’t hurting, it isn’t working.”

Those who support austerity don’t deny it will be painful – except that is for a...Read More

Posted Nov 01, 2012

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