The US housing and mortgage market faces a crossroads

After reviewing a housing market yesterday that is in in the post-boom crash phase (the Netherlands) I will today look at one which has been in the recovery position in 2013 so far. The United States housing market has seen … Read More

Posted in General Economics, House Prices, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, The US Economy, US Treasuries, Yield | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

The house price bubble of the Netherlands is bursting all over its economy

Yesterday saw the latest report for economic growth for the Euro area from Eurostat and it showed that the eighteen months of recession had finally ended. GDP rose by 0.3% in both the euro area (EA17) and the EU27  during the … Read More

Posted in Euro zone Crisis, Recession, Stagflation | Tagged , , , , | 29 Comments

Problems are mounting for Mark Carney and his “forward guidance” for interest-rates

The last week has seen a change in UK monetary policy as it was a week ago that the new Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney formally announced his plans for “forward guidance” for the official short-term interest … Read More

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

“Boom-time Britain” and its economy are making the same old mistakes

The last few weeks have seen some much better news for the UK economy which we should all welcome. Unfortunately it has been partly driven by the same things which created the problems from which we are suffering now. This … Read More

Posted in General Economics, House Prices, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , | 34 Comments

Ironically the inflation of Abenomics is hurting the main objective of economic growth in Japan

This morning’s news from the land of the rising sun is certainly a case of something which can be looked at both from a glass half-full and also from a glass half-empty perspective. Let us open with the glass half-full … Read More

Posted in GDP, General Economics, Inflation, Interest rates, Japan's Economic Situation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Will the UK Balance of Payments hinder our economy’s growth one more time?

One of the best ways of hiding something can be to put it in plain sight. There is a natural human tendency to, in some way, switch off the obvious, particularly if it becomes part of what is considered to … Read More

Posted in General Economics, House Prices, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments

How Mark Carney tightened UK monetary policy yesterday

Yesterday saw a change in the operation of UK monetary policy as the new Governor of the Bank of England made his mark on it. In essence he took us back to one of the earliest themes of this blog … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, General Economics, Inflation, Mark Carney, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments

Greece enters an era of price falls and disinflation

Up until 2013 the Euro area crisis and the economic depression in Greece has missed a feature. If we jumped back in time in Doctor Who’s TARDIS would this have been expected by around 100 out of 100 economists. I … Read More

Posted in Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Greek Financial Crisis, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Is Mark Carney’s “forward guidance” already past its sell-by date?

Tomorrow the UK is expected to enter a new era for its monetary policy as its new Governor Mark Carney sets out his plans for “forward guidance” for the UK economy. This will involve him setting out what are called intermediate … Read More

Posted in Bank of England, General Economics, Inflation, Interest rates, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , | 29 Comments

Zero hours contracts are a curse for some but they are not a modern invention

The current hot topic in UK economics is that issue of zero hours contracts although describing it as a hot potato might be more apt! It is also an example of be careful what you wish for. If we were … Read More

Posted in GDP, General Economics, UK economy, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments
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