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Nigeria makes further efforts to defend currency

Nigeria makes further efforts to defend currency | International economics | Scoop.it
Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.
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Nigeria devalues naira and raises rates after oil price slide

Nigeria devalues naira and raises rates after oil price slide | International economics | Scoop.it
Nigeria has devalued the naira, saying a drop in oil prices has been making it hard to defend its currency.
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Australia trade deficit doubles on commodity prices

Australia trade deficit doubles on commodity prices | International economics | Scoop.it
Australia's trade deficit more than doubled to A$2.26bn (£1.2bn; $1.96bn) in September, according to data released on Tuesday.
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Russia Spends Up to $1.75 Billion in Two Days to Buoy Ruble - Bloomberg

Russia Spends Up to $1.75 Billion in Two Days to Buoy Ruble - Bloomberg | International economics | Scoop.it
Russia Spends Up to $1.75 Billion in Two Days to Buoy Ruble
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US dollar rally 'has years to go'

US dollar rally 'has years to go' | International economics | Scoop.it
The US dollar continued its rally on Wednesday, hovering near a four-year high against major currencies, and analysts say there is more to come.
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IMF urges greater infrastructure spending after 30-year decline

IMF urges greater infrastructure spending after 30-year decline | International economics | Scoop.it
Report singles out Germany and US over need for more public funded investment in transport to boost longer-term growth
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Venezuela's inflation rises to 63.4%

Venezuela's inflation rises to 63.4% | International economics | Scoop.it
Venezuela's central bank publishes long-awaited figures showing annual inflation has reached a six-year high at 63.4%, the highest in the region.

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Jim O'Neill: Mint or Bric? Indonesia's drive is impressive as Russia's future dims

Jim O'Neill: Mint or Bric? Indonesia's drive is impressive as Russia's future dims | International economics | Scoop.it
I spent last week in Indonesia, working on a series for BBC Radio about four of the world's most populous non-Bric emerging economies. The Bric countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are already closely watched.
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Can China wean itself off its addiction to investment?

Can China wean itself off its addiction to investment? | International economics | Scoop.it
Yu Yongding says China needs to reduce its reliance on investment to spur growth, not least in the steel and property sectors. To do so, it can't put off dealing with the problem of overcapacity
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Europe's economic crisis could be mutating again

Europe's economic crisis could be mutating again | International economics | Scoop.it
Barry Eichengreen: Deflation could be replacing debt as the main problem – and there's nothing to suggest the ECB is up to the job

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WTO agrees global trade agreement

WTO agrees global trade agreement | International economics | Scoop.it
The World Trade Organization agrees a historic global deal aimed at boosting commerce, which could add nearly $1tn to the global economy.
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Budget deficit blown out by terms of trade? Yes, but it's not the full story

Budget deficit blown out by terms of trade? Yes, but it's not the full story | International economics | Scoop.it
Falling iron ore prices are the immediate culprit but a longer-term analysis must focus on labour productivity and participation
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China Australia free trade agreement: what's on the table and who will benefit

China Australia free trade agreement: what's on the table and who will benefit | International economics | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott says service industries – tourism, finance, education, law and accounting – will be big winners, but critics warn against rushing to a deal
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Concerns rise over US-EU trade talks

Concerns rise over US-EU trade talks | International economics | Scoop.it
There is rising concern over trade liberalisation talks between the EU and the US, with protests planned this weekend across Europe.
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ECB to start asset buying programme

ECB to start asset buying programme | International economics | Scoop.it
The European Central Bank says it will start its asset buying programme later this month as it keeps its benchmark interest rate at 0.05%.
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US and Brazil resolve longstanding cotton dispute

US and Brazil resolve longstanding cotton dispute | International economics | Scoop.it
The United States and Brazil have come to an agreement designed to end a decade long dispute over cotton subsidies, reports say.
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Why is Inflation So High in Venezuela? - YouTube

Greg Wilpert (2/2): Attempting to build socialism surrounded by a global capitalist economy and being reliant on oil revenues, Venezuela is struggling to fin...

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Westminster Business School's curator insight, September 15, 2014 7:15 AM

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  1. Why do you think wages and income have been pegged to inflation?
  2. Why is it argues that venezuela has a history of high or hyper inflation?
  3. What happens to the purchasing power of those who's income is not linked to inflation? 
  4. Why did Venezuela impliment currency controls?


Further research

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2004/aug/18/comment.oilandpetrol


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Brics countries create $100bn bank to ease western grip on global finances

Brics countries create $100bn bank to ease western grip on global finances | International economics | Scoop.it
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa set up bank and currency pool to push for bigger say in global financial order
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China's Coming Economic Slowdown - Wall Street Journal

China's Coming Economic Slowdown - Wall Street Journal | International economics | Scoop.it
China's Coming Economic Slowdown
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As fixed investment rises, its marginal return declines, and each new unit of capital generates less output than the preceding one.
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Only an inveterate optimist would say the worst must be over for the eurozone

Only an inveterate optimist would say the worst must be over for the eurozone | International economics | Scoop.it
Joseph Stiglitz: Try telling people in countries that are still in depression, with per capita GDP below pre-2008 levels and youth unemployment at 50% that the austerity medicine has worked

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What's really behind sluggish economic growth?

What's really behind sluggish economic growth? | International economics | Scoop.it
Kenneth Rogoff: Today's advanced economies urgently need to address all kinds of technological, social, and political deficiencies

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Westminster Business School's curator insight, December 5, 2013 1:01 AM

Questions for discussion

  1. What are the contributing factors, identified in the article, behind sluggish growth in the advanced economies?
  2. To what extent do you agree that weak growth in the advanced economies is merely linked to the the slow recovery from the global financial crisis?
  3. Explain the different viewpoints surounding on technology given in the article? Which if any do you agree with?
  4. It has been argued that the global financial crisis has resulted in a re-birth of keynesian economics. What examples of government intervention since the 2007/08 global economic crisis can be classified as belonging to the keynesian school of economic thought?