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E-books added to inflation basket

E-books added to inflation basket | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
E-books have been added to the basket of goods used to calculate the UK's rate of inflation, but champagne loses its fizz.
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UK economy: The radical options

UK economy: The radical options | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
With the UK expected to endure anaemic growth for years to come, what might be the radical options for getting the economy back on its feet?

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Daniel Eales's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:30 AM

found this helpful

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UK inflation basket: ebooks in, champagne out

UK inflation basket: ebooks in, champagne out | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Office for National Statistics notes recent increases in the number of people reading books digitally as it adds ebooks to the new basket of goods

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:18 AM

The latest changes to the basket of goods and services that are used when compiling the UK consumer price index

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Britain's trade deficit as worrying as its budget deficit

Britain's trade deficit as worrying as its budget deficit | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
In the past, a 25% depreciation in sterling would have been sufficient to boost exports, limit imports and turn the trade figures around – not this time

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, January 28, 2013 3:08 PM

A large and persistent trade deficit is symptomatic of imbalances in our economy and structural supply-side problems. A good update blog on the trade gap.

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Mervyn King's funding for lending scheme has revived the housing market

Mervyn King's funding for lending scheme has revived the housing market | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
There is more money for mortgages, it is being made available at cheaper rates and the number of transactions is up

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:33 AM

Re-balancing is supposed to involve more lending and investment in productive sectors rather than lending for home purchase

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George Osborne under pressure as Britain loses AAA rating for first time

George Osborne under pressure as Britain loses AAA rating for first time | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Chancellor vows to stick to course after downgrade by Moody's, which blamed subdued growth and rising debt burden

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 23, 2013 3:34 AM

AAA rating often touted as a key metric of the Chancellor's macro policy credibility - witness his own 2010 Mais Lecture talk. But does the ending of the AAA credit rating really change anyof the fundamentals? Higher bond yields, a lower currency, higher inflation and an export boost are possible - but growth is driven by fundamental supply side factors - have these changed?

Mr Threlfall's curator insight, February 24, 2013 7:56 PM

I agree with Geoff on this. I'm not sure much will actually change. What do you think?

Tom Adam Easterbrook's comment, March 14, 2013 10:32 AM
I agree totally.
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UK workers suffer sharpest wage fall of any developed country as business leaders warn the pain is far from over

UK workers suffer sharpest wage fall of any developed country as business leaders warn the pain is far from over | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Real wages dropped by 4.5 per cent between 2007 and 2011, leaving workers with smaller incomes at a time of rising costs for basic necessities such as food, fuel, gas and electricity.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:24 AM

4.5% fall in real wages in the UK between 2007 and 2011 but the returns to senior executives have grown substantially. We are all in this together apparently.

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Britain: a nation in decay

Britain: a nation in decay | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Ha-Joon Chang: The UK's problems go far deeper than the cuts agenda. It simply can't produce enough to revive its ailing economy

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:04 AM

This is a terrific piece which looks at long term structural challenges facing the UK economy with a particular focus on the balance of payments. 

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Patents: UK inventors can now box clever

Patents: UK inventors can now box clever | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
In a £360 "Supa Dupa" pushchair, two children aged up to four years old are seated side-by-side, their brightly coloured leg covers adorned with big red bows or, for those destined to rule the playground, skulls and crossbones.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:29 AM

Patent boxes - a supply-side policy designed to strengthen incentives for businesses to engage in research and development? How effective will they prove to be? Which industries will benefit most? Will they have a sufficiently large impact to address the research and innovation gap in the UK?

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UK needs 850,000 new jobs to regain pre-recession peak, report claims

UK needs 850,000 new jobs to regain pre-recession peak, report claims | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Growing adult population has left employment rate 1.7 points down on 2008, according to Resolution Foundation

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:50 AM

The standard media coverage focuses on the headline numbers out of work and the unemployment rate (% of the labour force). Would we be better emphasising the employment rate instead? 

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UK 'should spend more on building'

UK 'should spend more on building' | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Boosting homebuilding and infrastructure spending should be the main goal of next week's Budget, according to business lobby groups.
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Pound in big fall against euro

Pound in big fall against euro | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
The pound weakens further against the euro, seeing its biggest one-day falls in almost three years, on continuing signs the eurozone economy is improving.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 1, 2013 3:57 PM

Sterling had a bad day in the markets, it woke up with a hangover, slipped over on the way to work, got caught in tube delays, and was upset by a dodgy under-cooked beefburger from Tesco ..... what is wrong with a depreciating exchange rate? Bring it on!

Pendleton Economics's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:32 AM

Stong pound imports cheaper exports dearer - 


Weak pound imports dearer exports cheaper

 

Who will benefit?

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UK doubles exports to BRICS since crisis - Telegraph

UK doubles exports to BRICS since crisis - Telegraph | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
British companies have more than doubled their exports to the fastest growing emerging nations since before the crisis in a bid to cash in on the rapid expansion in the developing world.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:22 AM

Much discussion recently about some of the reasons why a strong export-led recovery has (thus far) failed to materialise. But this report is more optimistic and points to a surge in exports to BRIC nations and also the fruits of foreign direct investment in fast-growing countries. How big is the size of the export multplier effect?

Cranbrook Economics's curator insight, February 22, 2013 1:21 PM

Year 13 - Very relevant for Edexcel Unit 4; Trade Liberalisation and Trade growth. Have a read. Remember knowledge of case studies is important for this unit. 

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The UK must spend, lend and change to drive upturn in the economy - Telegraph

The UK must spend, lend and change to drive upturn in the economy - Telegraph | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
Economists are not always good at predicting turning points in an economy. But if there is one group that finds it even trickier, it is business people.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 24, 2013 5:28 PM

Gerard Lyons is the new economic advisor to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

nick sennett's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:28 PM

Maybe, but do we need a railway that will not be completed for 20 years when there are more short term projects that might kick start the economy?

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Seven strange ideas the Bank of England could try to boost growth

Seven strange ideas the Bank of England could try to boost growth | ECON_4 | Scoop.it
The MPC held the base rate and refused to expand QE this month. But a more radical approach to stimulating the economy is still on the cards. Here's how it might be done

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, March 8, 2013 2:16 AM

Some ideas for unconventional monetary policies to stimulate demand