Category Archives: Economics

Quantitative easing and insanity

As the recovery stutters in Europe and America many people (especially in the financial markets) are hoping Ben Bernanke will reflate the wheezing economy with a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). So far he has stopped short of promising … Continue reading

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Why is Julian Glover so miserable about imported trains?

Miserable news that new Thameslink trains to be imported from Germany rather than made in UK's last train factory in Derby — Julian Glover (@julian_glover) June 16, 2011 A familiar gripe from an unexpected source. The Guardian’s Julian Glover, usually … Continue reading

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Review: The credit crunch as an inside job

Inside Job, film by Charles Ferguson (director), narrated by Matt Damon. Available for pre-order as DVD. Enough oceans of ink have been spilled in attempts to explain the credit crunch (or condemn whoever the author thinks is responsible) to make … Continue reading

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Investing in poker and gambling on the stock market

There’s nothing like a research paper by Steven Levitt (of Freakonomics fame) to make you stop and think. This time he’s weighed in to the debate on whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill. As … Continue reading

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My article for the Economist on the Robin Hood Tax

In April 2010 I applied for the Marjorie Deane internship at the finance and economics section of the Economist in London. As part of the application I was asked to write a 500-word article of the kind that could be … Continue reading

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Letter to the FT: The MPC knows what it’s doing

Sir, There are some mistakes in Sir Michael Darrington’s letter urging for interest rates to be raised. Sir Michael writes that the MPC “has only one objective”: to keep inflation under 2 per cent. In fact, the Bank of England … Continue reading

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The United States as you’ve never seen them before

…in the Economist’s daily chart. The interactive chart lets you find the nearest equivalent country in the world to each US state in GDP and population. Some interesting and surprising comparisons.

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