Category Archives: UK Inflation Prospects and Issues

What is wrong with the world’s banks and their regulators?

The last year has seen an enormous amount of turmoil in the world banking industry as scandal has followed scandal. It is as if they have been a completely lawless sector which has done pretty much as it wanted. This … Read More

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What is the state of the UK’s housing market and monetary system?

One of the staple topics of conversation in the UK is the state of the housing market. It is not at the top of the list which is invariably the weather but it is not far off. The credit crunch … Read More

Posted in Banks, General Economics, House Prices, Inflation, Interest rates, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is a warning for Mark Carney

Over the weekend the incoming Governor of the Bank of England  Mark Carney spoke at the World Economic Forum at Davos and there was a lot of interest in what he would say. However some care is needed in taking this as … Read More

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UK onshore GDP up 0.5% since Q1 2012 vs similar Eurozone fall

The reported 0.3% decline in fourth-quarter GDP rests on an official guess that construction output slumped in December. Even if the number stands, however, it suggests underlying growth in the economy last quarter, allowing for drags from the unwind of … Read More

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Mervyn King promises “we are ready to provide more stimulus” to inflation?

The last 24 hours have seen a very significant speech on the UK economy. And no I do not mean the one given by the Prime Minister David Cameron this morning who appears to be trying to kick the can of … Read More

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Has Japan replaced China as the main Currency Manipulator?

Today has opened with a raft of economic news from the Far East and I intend today to compare the situation in two of its main economies Japan and China. There are plainly differences but as I look at them … Read More

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What is the latest in the currency wars? Will the UK pound collapse in 2013?

One of the features as 2012 moved into 2013 has been the movements in exchange rates which in the case of the Japanese Yen has been extreme. Take your pick whether you feel that is because of hopes for what … Read More

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Stagflation is the primary feature of the UK economy

The fundamental economic problem faced by the UK in the credit crunch era has been stagflation where the initial fall in economic output has been followed by an anaemic recovery combined with above target inflation. If we look at UK … Read More

Posted in GDP, General Economics, Growth, Inflation, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Spain has a real economy that is sinking whilst her financial markets boom

One of the features of the credit crunch era is that apparently contradictory themes and trends are able to coexist in a manner which would previously have been dismissed as unthinkable. Of course we also know that calling something “unthinkable” … Read More

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Victory on the UK Retail Price Index ! And it feels good!

I am pleased to report that today’s update will be very upbeat and will contain sections which I hoped to be able to write but felt were certainly far from favourite to take place. Regular readers will be aware that … Read More

Posted in General Economics, Gilts, Inflation, Pensions, Quantitative Easing and Extraordinary Monetary Measures, Stagflation, UK Inflation Prospects and Issues, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 30 Comments
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