Category Archives: Economy

Market monitoring

I found myself shouting at the TV today, something I usually do only when GB or England are competing. In this case it was because of a comment on the stock market. The reporter said that markets were down and … Read More

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The G-20 statement is full of hype whilst the Greek reality is very different

The sharp sell-off in world equity markets which saw the US Dow Jones Industrial Average fall 283 points on Wednesday and then a further 391 points yesterday has led to an official response. These days official responses mostly amount to … Read More

Posted in Economy, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Greek Financial Crisis | 19 Comments

‘Operation Twist’: What Is It? How Could It Help? But Why Will It Not?

As the US launches $400bn ‘Operation Twist’ in a desperate attempt to kick-start the economy, concerns arise over how effective this will be. It’s true that something needs to be done and inflation restricts the options open to the Fed … Read More

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MPC on course for October QE2 launch

The “MPC-ometer” wrongly suggested that a narrow majority would vote for more QE at this month’s meeting. Yesterday’s minutes, however, revealed a further significant dovish shift, with most members now inclined towards action. Although Adam Posen remained isolated in the … Read More

Posted in Economy, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | 2 Comments

Just as the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England disagree over monetary policy fiscal policy has problems too

After a delay yesterday evening as the Federal Reserve was some seven minutes or so behind its customary 2:15 Eastern Time in making its announcement we discovered that it was indeed a fan of Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” and Operation … Read More

Posted in Economy, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, The US Economy, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | 25 Comments

Will it be “The Twist”,”Twist and Shout” or the “Highway to Hell” today at the FOMC?

Today is the second day of the meeting of the Federal Open Markets Committee and I expect to see the results of their deliberations at 2:15 local time which is 7:15 British Summer Time. Financial markets are expecting action and … Read More

Posted in Economy, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, The US Economy | 22 Comments

Italy’s downgrade raises the tax question again and moral hazard abounds at the Bank of England

Late yesterday evening came an event which had been expected last Friday . Also it had been expected from Moodys rather than Standard and Poors. But either way one of the credit rating agencies mustered its courage and downgraded Italy … Read More

Posted in Economy, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures | 9 Comments

Greece edges yet nearer to default whilst the UK has problems with its public finances too

This week has the potential to be a very significant week in the world economy. On Wednesday evening we will see what the US Federal Open Markets Committee has voted for in terms of further stimulus for the US economy … Read More

Posted in Economy, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Greek Financial Crisis, The US Economy | 24 Comments

Global economy down but not yet out

The latest evidence suggests that the global economy is weak but has not tipped over into contraction. The monetary backdrop, meanwhile, continues to improve and inflationary pressures are easing, at least temporarily. Assuming that the eurocrisis can be contained – … Read More

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Central Banks yet again ride to the rescue of private-sector banks with taxpayers money

One of the recent messages provided by this blog has been that banks in Europe are struggling for liquidity and in some cases are desperate for it. Part of the cause has been that American money market funds have decided … Read More

Posted in Banks, Economy, Euro zone Crisis, General Economics, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, The US Economy | 27 Comments
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