Japan

There are some very interesting developments going on in Japan at the moment. For example the Nikkei 225 equity market index is now back to where it started the year. This is a quite different performance to say the UK FTSE 100, the American S&P index, the German Dax and so on… There is another wider […]

27 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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UK Gross Domestic Product Revision

When the number for 3rd quarter GDP was released in the UK there was a clamour amongst economists to say that the reported number of -0.4% was incorrect. Well today we have had a revision of the number and it is now -0.3%. The Office of National Statistics may well permit itself a wry smile. […]

25 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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Inflation Revisited

I have some additions to make to my previous posting on inflation. My argument is that before one even gets to discussing where inflation is or where it is likely to go you need a solid idea of what the price of goods and products actually is. However I believe that for many prices the development of […]

24 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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Inflation

You might think that inflation is a concept which is well understood. After all figures for it are widely quoted and debated in the media. However when you look it up there are a variety of definitions some of which are quite different. I still believe that the one taught in the economics text books […]

17 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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Quantitative Easing in the UK

Essentially central banks have two main methods of operation. The first is that they have the power to set interest rates (strictly the overnight interest rate) and the second is where they can simply create money. The first method of operation by the Bank of England is reasonably well understood. If it feels inflation approximately […]

13 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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A New Beginning

Welcome to my new blog. I hope that people will enjoy it but most of all I hope that it will be educational and informative. I have started it because examining the events of the last 18 months I feel that many of the issues that have been prevalent have not been fully explained or […]

12 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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12 November 2009 by Shaun Richards

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