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Is the Bank of England to target a cheaper pound?

One offs. In Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’, Reg said: “Apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?” The answer, of course, was “peace.”

Apart from rising food prices, petrol, gas bills, water, what makes you think inflation isn’t falling? To which the answer might come: “but even core inflation – with food and energy taken out – was 2.6 per cent last month.”

Okay, it’s not quite as catchy...Read More

Inflation stays put, wages still lag behind

Back in the day, real wages used to go up.

The days of ever rising wages may have come to an end some time ago, but during the boom years it didn’t really matter, because house prices went up. Who cared if wages only rose by a couple of per cent...Read More

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Is the Bank of England to target a cheaper pound?

One offs. In Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’, Reg said: “Apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?” The answer, of course, was “peace.”

Apart from rising food...Read More

Posted Dec 20, 2012

The world in 2030

18 years might seem like a long way off, but then again, have you noticed how time flies these days. An organisation called the National Intelligence Council – it’s pretty important, it advises the US Director of National Intelligence – has been having a stab at what it thinks the world...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Dissecting the economy

Do you trust the weather forecast? If you are really sad, like perhaps someone not a million miles away from the computer this article is being written on, you may start checking the weather forecast on your iPhone with such regularity that you are in danger of believing what the...Read More

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Are house prices set for 2013 recovery?

The data comes courtesy of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), but other data from the Halifax adds to the mood of optimism.

The RICS housing market survey is a good one.  Each month RICS asks estate agents: did house prices go up or down in your...Read More

Posted Dec 11, 2012

What the Chancellor is missing

It was hailed as an Autumn Statement designed to help businesses.  But the truth is that both George Osborne and Ed Balls delivered a hail of rhetoric, but said very little of substance.

Here is one measure introduced by George that Ed didn’t seem to disagree with. Not that the Balls...Read More

Posted Dec 06, 2012

The world in 2030

18 years might seem like a long way off, but then again, have you noticed how time flies these days. An organisation called the National Intelligence Council – it’s pretty important, it advises the US Director of National Intelligence – has been having a stab at what it thinks the world...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2012

Inflation stays put, wages still lag behind

Back in the day, real wages used to go up.

The days of ever rising wages may have come to an end some time ago, but during the boom years it didn’t really matter, because house prices went up. Who cared if wages only rose by a couple of per cent...Read More

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Dissecting the economy

Do you trust the weather forecast? If you are really sad, like perhaps someone not a million miles away from the computer this article is being written on, you may start checking the weather forecast on your iPhone with such regularity that you are in danger of believing what the...Read More

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Are house prices set for 2013 recovery?

The data comes courtesy of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), but other data from the Halifax adds to the mood of optimism.

The RICS housing market survey is a good one.  Each month RICS asks estate agents: did house prices go up or down in your...Read More

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Why the OBR is getting it so hopelessly wrong

And talking about the real world, have you seen the latest forecast from the OBR?

You may recall, the OBR was set up by George Osborne as an independent economic forecasting group to act as a kind of objective judge on economic performance. And in a master stroke, George...Read More

Posted Dec 06, 2012

Is the UK paying the price for staying out of the euro, or paying the price for staying in the sterling area?

If you are a journalist, the French are great. They provide the juiciest copy, which can transform the driest topics into cannon fodder for xenophobes, and realists alike.

This time the task of ramping up Anglo/Gallic prejudices has fall to the Governor of the Bank of France Christian Noyer.  Talking to...Read More

Posted Dec 03, 2012

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