How the economic debate for the upcoming UK General Election is already something of a fraud

Today sees my last blog for Mindful Money and as I am in a reflective mood  I would like to take you  back to the last UK General Election and the economic debate which took place then. If we go … Read More

Posted in Forward Guidance, General Economics, Public finances, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , | 36 Comments

How has the recent strength of the UK Pound affected the UK economy?

One of the themes of this blog has been the impact of the rise in the value of the UK Pound sinces its nadir in March 2013. For example it has been a major factor in the decline in the … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, Forward Guidance, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 28 Comments

How long can France afford its economy to continue stagnating for?

One of the themes of this blog over the past couple of years has been that the economy of France is struggling and stagnating. After an initial bounce-back from the effects of the credit crunch it has in essence flat-lined … Read More

Posted in Commodities, Euro zone Crisis, European Central Bank, General Economics, Public finances | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

The UK economy gets quite a boost from the official statisticians

Today is the day that we discover how much the latest changes to how we measure the output of the UK economy have boosted the level of recorded Gross Domestic Product (GDP). So I do hope that UK based readers … Read More

Posted in GDP, General Economics, House Prices, Public finances, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

Falling UK real wages cannot be covered up with housing market subsidies forever

Tomoorow we will discover exactly how much the new “improvements” (adding drugs and prostitution) and revisions will boost the size of the UK economy. In terms of economic output we only a partial result so far where economic output in … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, General Economics, House Prices, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues, Wages | Tagged , , , , | 25 Comments

Is the Bank of England right about the dangers of Bitcoin and digital currencies?

It was only yesterday that I was reviewing the march of the central banks as they gather more powers and intervene in more areas. This was added to later by the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the Bank of Japan … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, Currency, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments

What are the limits of monetary policy in the credit crunch era?

This morning Mario Draghi the President of the European Central Bank is giving a speech in Vilnius Lithuania. There is much for him to ponder and discuss but today I wish to widen the issue beyond simply the situation of … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, Currency, European Central Bank, General Economics, Monetary Trends, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 25 Comments

Australia and its economy has thrived in a commodity boom,what happens in a bust?

Today I intend to do a bit of traveling to what Men At Work called “a land down under”. This is because two associated events must be putting a brake on the economy. These are the apparent slow down in … Read More

Posted in Commodities, General Economics, Miners, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Is the UK seeing a pre-election stimulus rather than more austerity?

Today sees the UK produce its data for its national debt and fiscal deficit for the month of August 2014. These have some fundamental changes in them which I will outline in detail in a moment but first I wish to … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, Debt, General Economics, Public finances, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Is an Irish economic miracle in progress?

Last week when the world was concentrating mostly on the Scottish independence vote another Celtic nation released some strong economic news. On Thursday Ireland -which is always a relative laggard in timing- released its economic growth numbers for the second … Read More

Posted in Euro zone Crisis, European Central Bank, GDP, General Economics, House Prices, Public finances | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments
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