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The fall in the oil price is the biggest thing to happen for six months

The fall in the oil price is the biggest thing to happen for six months | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
The fall in the oil price is big. It is big in terms of the raw numbers, a decline on the Brent reference price from above $115 (£74) a barrel as recently as June, to below $73 on Friday.
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It could be time to prick the housing bubble - Telegraph

It could be time to prick the housing bubble - Telegraph | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
The Bank of England must find a way of slowing demand without bringing the economic recovery to a halt

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Graham Watson's curator insight, November 8, 2013 3:53 AM

I won't be giving this article to my students, but it's the sort of thing that they should be reading. It raises a range of macroeconomic issues - gives an interesting view of the current state of play - and there's lots to think about - how will policy changes affect the economy? Why is there this trade-off between short- and long-run goals and so on...

In short: it's just a good read and a nice way to warm-up for the day ahead.

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US job creation stronger in October

US job creation stronger in October | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
The US economy added a better-than-expected 204,000 jobs in October, despite the 16-day shutdown of some government services last month.
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India's rice revolution – audio slideshow

India's rice revolution – audio slideshow | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
A ground-breaking method of cultivation, developed in Madagascar, is boosting rice yields and changing lives for farmers in India

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Mr Peel's curator insight, September 10, 2013 2:37 AM

An example of a Supply Side Policy (or development) that is boosting rice yields in India. The method, developed in Madagascar, may just help revolutionise the industry and lead to much cheaper costs of production in the long term. 

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UK unemployment rate drops to 7.7%

UK unemployment rate drops to 7.7% | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
The rate of unemployment, which is closely watched by the Bank of England, drops to 7.7% between May and July.

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:36 AM

Good news for the government, in that unemployment is falling; perhaps not such good news for the Governor of the Bank of England if it indicates that unemployment is falling far quicker than the has been anticipated and an early tightening of monetary policy.

However, one of the subtexts to this is that unemployment may be falling but under-employment is a significant issue, especially among men working part-time. The rest of the article highlights the politicking associated with this issue - a bit of point-scoring. However, what does this really mean for the average citizen?

Alexandra Lewis's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:01 PM

I'm glad to learn that less women are part time workers than men however it is clear that England still has a long way to go to recover

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UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn

UK GDP growth limited to 1% in longer term, economists warn | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
IEA paper predicts a post-crisis era of sluggish growth, tempering recent good economic news stories

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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 10, 2013 2:56 AM

Odd that a paper from the Institute for Economic Affairs should get such favourable coverage in the Grauniad, although not if you read it's contents. In in a group of economists, including Tim Congden and Andrew Lilico, argue that the most damaging impact of the recent financial crisis has been the impact on the trend rate of growth.

They argue that a failure to tackle structural weaknesses will mean that future growth is going to be severely curtailed - even as low as 1% per annum and this will have many damaging consequences. (If you are aware of the 'rule of 72', you'll understand why)

Thus, even the political right, it would seem, are unconvinced by the Chancellor's bullish rhetoric of yesterday.

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Global shares boosted by China rate cut

Global shares boosted by China rate cut | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
Chinese central bank hopes heavily indebted borrowers will spend more now that borrowing costs are lower
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Shanghai Raises Home Down-Payment Requirement as Prices Jump

Shanghai Raises Home Down-Payment Requirement as Prices Jump | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
Shanghai raised the minimum down payment required for buyers of a second home to 70 percent from 60 percent as house prices in China’s financial hub surge.
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China's debt addiction

Until five years ago China's economy relied remarkably little on debt. But China lost its debt inhibition in late 2008 when the global financial crisis erupt...

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Mr Peel's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:29 AM

An interesting video from the FT - are the levels of debt getting too out of control?

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News Analysis: China's economic growth slower but healthier - Xinhua | English.news.cn

News Analysis: China's economic growth slower but healthier - Xinhua | English.news.cn | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
China's economic growth of 7.7 percent in the first quarter fell short of market expectation, triggering jitters in the global markets.
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EU Immigration Contributes £60bn To UK Economy, CEBR Study - Huffington Post UK

EU Immigration Contributes £60bn To UK Economy, CEBR Study - Huffington Post UK | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
EU Immigration Contributes £60bn To UK Economy, CEBR Study Huffington Post UK Charles Davis, CEBR Head of Macroeconomics, said: “Non-UK EU-born workers earned £39bn in total in 2012, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to the UK workforce...
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Bank of England governor reiterates pledge on low interest rates

Bank of England governor reiterates pledge on low interest rates | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
Mark Carney leaves door open for fresh stimulus measures if Britain's 'fledgling recovery' is threatened - but sterling rises against the dollar and 10-year gilts rise after the speech

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