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Opinion

Is the Commonwealth good for British business?

Most research finds that being a former British colony has, at best, a neutral effect on economic growth

14 Aug 2014

Mark Carney

Opinion

Carney opts for delicate approach to raising interest rates

George Buckley finds there are good reasons for the Bank to be cautious in deciding to lift interest rates

02 Jun 2014

Opinion

A current account concern

Britain’s ballooning balance of payments deficit – grounds for concern?

23 Apr 2014

Opinion

Border economics at heart of questions over Scottish independence

There are both costs and benefits of Scottish independence, but how would a rational economist vote?

20 Mar 2014

Opinion

Carney's forward guidance replaced by traditional policymaking

The Bank of England has returned to a more traditional style of policymaking, writes George Buckley

14 Feb 2014

News

Dennis Turner: 1946-2014

Financial Director is extremely saddened to hear of the death of former HSBC economist Dennis Turner

27 Jan 2014

Opinion

Year starts on an early bright note for the economy

If it is ‘the economy, stupid', the chancellor has got his timing spot on

16 Jan 2014

News

AS2013: Economic plan is working

Chancellor predicts the UK will run a budget surplus by 2018

05 Dec 2013

Opinion

Shale gas could change the balance of economic power

Given the uncertainties surrounding energy supply, the government is surely right to encourage shale gas

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

House inflation fears overdone

The chancellor’s scheme to help house buyers has created nervousness about housing market overheating

11 Oct 2013

Opinion

Carney's forward guidance takes a backward step

Critics are already picking holes in Mark Carney’s forward guidance policy

13 Sep 2013

Opinion

GDP figures herald a change in the economic weather

Although not mirroring the blistering sunshine of recent weeks, the UK economy has moved from cold to warm

16 Aug 2013

Opinion

Celebrations over 0.3% growth are premature

Positive growth is to be welcomed but relief over 0.3% growth is overdone and focuses on the wrong issue

14 Jun 2013

Opinion

The new Guv'nor at the Bank of England

The government is looking to monetary policy, giving a change at the Bank of England greater significance

19 Apr 2013

Opinion

Juice left in economic policy despite triple-A downgrade

The UK’s rating downgrade is a long way from being Osborne’s 1992 Norman Lamont and the ERM moment

21 Mar 2013

Opinion

Economic sentiment is a matter of perspective

Talking the economy up has become more fashionable, but pessimism comes easier than optimism

30 Jan 2013

Opinion

Next US president faces a fiscal cliffhanger

The ‘fiscal cliff’ dilemma faced by the next US president is not dissimilar to that facing George Osborne

25 Oct 2012

Opinion

Draghi brings out the big guns

ECB president Mario Draghi has done what the politicians should have done to shore up the eurozone

25 Sep 2012

Opinion

Osborne should stick to his guns on austerity meausres

The government’s twin objectives of growth and deficit reduction look to be in tatters, but it should stay the course

30 Aug 2012

Opinion

Austerity v Growth: Europe's dividing line

The election of a new French president has been seen as a watershed moment for the eurozone

04 Jul 2012

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