Category Archives: UK Inflation Prospects and Issues

So much for Funding for Lending stimulating bank lending in the UK

This week I have been examining aspects of the UK economy and the central theme of this is that our  economy is going to continue to struggle if wage growth remains so weak. This is because it has fallen well below … Read More

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The falling level of UK real wages highlights the flaws in letting inflation run persistently above target

Today we see a new set of UK inflation figures (for March) and we do so knowing that the official inflation measure has been over its 2% target for some time. For example if we use annual averages it has … Read More

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What is happening in the UK Economy? Is our services sector keeping us out of a depression?

One of the themes of this blog has been and indeed is that the UK is mired in stagflation with weak economic growth combined with inflation which is over its official target. We received more evidence of this yesterday afternoon … Read More

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What on earth is happening with UK energy policy and prices?

One of the most important issues facing the UK going forwards is its energy policy which has forced its way onto the agenda in various ways recently. There has been the issue of closing power stations which do not meet … Read More

Posted in Energy, General Economics, Inflation, Stagflation, Sustainability, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , | 58 Comments

Why today’s UK Budget is in fact mostly irrelevant and what we should be focusing on (updated 2:15pm)

Today is the date of the UK Budget and seldom has their been one with such gloom and I have been through a few with rough and difficult times! It is not just the circumstances but the way that it is … Read More

Posted in Budget, GDP, General Economics, Growth, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

Inflation Inflation everywhere and that in the UK includes the measures!

Today sees the latest publication of the UK inflation figures and there will be some changes. The reason for this is that two new inflation indices will be produced as we have one more source of inflation which this time … Read More

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Mervyn King rallies the pound whilst raising fears of the “Early Wire” in currency markets

Last night Mervyn King gave an interview to ITV News which was broadcast in its early evening and night time news programmes. Unfortunately in the gap between recording and broadcasting the interview there were some substantial moves in UK financial … Read More

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

The UK economy looks now in danger of an economic depression,how do we avoid it?

The UK has rumbled its way over the past two or three years with essentially the same problem which is one of stagflation. We have seen economic growth disappoint again and again but inflation remains over target. Yet the UK economics … Read More

Posted in Banking Reform, Banks, General Economics, Growth, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 73 Comments

Who are the winners and losers in the currency wars?

One of the features of the credit crunch era is that financial markets are meddled with and intervened in so much it is difficult to know what the “true” prices are. Of the main markets it is the currency ones … Read More

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Has George Osborne destroyed any remaining vestige of Bank of England independence?

Yesterday saw something of a sharp about turn for the exchange rate of the UK pound sterling particularly against the US Dollar. After continuing its recent bounce-back to US$ 1.516 it then about turned and dropped over a cent and a … Read More

Posted in General Economics, Inflation, Interest rates, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , , | 24 Comments
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