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Japan close to escaping deflation

Japan close to escaping deflation | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
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After almost two decades of falling prices, the Japanese economy is finally starting to grow again. This can be put down to a massive monetary stimulus policy which aimed to weaken the currency and spur more spending. In the past, companies and households have held off on spending as they had very little confidence in the economy, but now as prices start to rise, confidence will also rise and Japan's economy will only get stronger.

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UK house price bubble warning

UK house price bubble warning | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
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House prices in the UK have risen by 5.8% in the last year and experts fear that if these prices keep rising, they could become unsustainably high, then causing a sharp decline, possibly leading the country back into a recession. 

 

However, prices are still 7% below their peak in 2007, and so it is unlikely to lead the country back into a recession.

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The Waitrose snobbery/property price index

The Waitrose snobbery/property price index | Macroeconomics | Scoop.it
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It seems that the opening of a Waitrose can push house prices up by up to 50% in some areas of London. This is probably due to Waitrose anticipating areas that will rise in house price and setting up branches in these areas to reap the benefits of a wealthier area. However, it may be that the Waitrose makes the area more appealing, therefore increasing the demand of houses in the area and bumping up the price due to a limited supply.

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