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The new quantitative easing: overt monetary financing

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It’s two for the price of one. A new acronym, and a new (ish) idea. And QE, by the way, is so very 2012.

The thing about QE is that it is not really money printing. The Bank of England buys government bonds – not from the government – but from banks. But one day the bonds will mature, and when that happens, the effects of QE will go into reverse. Besides, there is another point. To acquire this money from the Bank of England, banks have to give up what...Read More

Sterling’s slide: the why, wherefores and nonsense

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Woe is us. The pound is crashing. You would need to rewind the clock back all the way to October 2011 to find the last time the sterling euro exchange rate was so low, or so was the case at 9.30 am 25 February 2013. Come to think of it,...Read More

Posted Feb 25, 2013
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The UK and the indebted Eurozone: drill-down and the problems are similar

Growing demand and growth in productivity are a bit like a horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other. At least you need both, if you want sustainable economic growth.

In an ideal world, over time we want to produce more output for every hour we work, and we...Read More

Posted Feb 21, 2013
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Sterling’s slide: the why, wherefores and nonsense

Woe is us. The pound is crashing. You would need to rewind the clock back all the way to October 2011 to find the last time the sterling euro exchange rate was so low, or so was the case at 9.30 am 25 February 2013. Come to think of it,...Read More

Posted Feb 25, 2013

Can Apple do it again? This time with a smart watch

Commodities. It’s difficult to make money in the commodities business. Barriers to entry are low, and prices often fall so much that profit margins are very low indeed.

The snag for the likes of Apple is that the smart phone business is looking increasingly like a commodities game.

Apple had first mover...Read More

Posted Feb 15, 2013
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House prices soar by zero percent

So if you want to know what is going to happen next with UK House prices, tap the barometer.

The monthly housing market survey from the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors or RICS is a good one. Every month RICS asks a number of estate agents if house prices were up...Read More

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Markets celebrate on ambiguous US data

It is difficult to say whether economic news coming out of the US last week was good or bad, but the markets decided it was good, and were determined not to let little things like facts dampen their enthusiasm.

The economic news came in four packets.

Packet number one was US consumer...Read More

Posted Feb 13, 2013
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The UK and the indebted Eurozone: drill-down and the problems are similar

Growing demand and growth in productivity are a bit like a horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other. At least you need both, if you want sustainable economic growth.

In an ideal world, over time we want to produce more output for every hour we work, and we...Read More

Posted Feb 21, 2013
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The new quantitative easing: overt monetary financing

It’s two for the price of one. A new acronym, and a new (ish) idea. And QE, by the way, is so very 2012.

The thing about QE is that it is not really money printing. The Bank of England buys government bonds – not from the government – but from...Read More

Posted Feb 27, 2013

Can Apple do it again? This time with a smart watch

Commodities. It’s difficult to make money in the commodities business. Barriers to entry are low, and prices often fall so much that profit margins are very low indeed.

The snag for the likes of Apple is that the smart phone business is looking increasingly like a commodities game.

Apple had first mover...Read More

Posted Feb 15, 2013
signs 06-copy

House prices soar by zero percent

So if you want to know what is going to happen next with UK House prices, tap the barometer.

The monthly housing market survey from the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors or RICS is a good one. Every month RICS asks a number of estate agents if house prices were up...Read More

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Mario ‘Diego’ Draghi and the Maradona theory of interest rates

Did you know that Diego Maradona, most famous as for his prowess as a football player, was also a top economist?

Maybe we can go further than that and say he was an economist first, but used football merely to illustrate his theories.

Take the world cup match with England in 1986....Read More

Posted Feb 13, 2013

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