The dangerous delusion of price stability
Central banks’ fixation on positive but low inflation could bring unwanted repercussions. Governments must stop obsessing over inflation targets and, instead, proactively consider measures to prevent another crisis from erupting
Has China’s economic growth finally stabilised?
The Chinese economy appears to be in fine fettle. However, weakening investment growth and other concerning trends suggest the outlook may not be as auspicious as it seems
Is another debt crisis on the way?
Despite the healthy rate of growth currently being experienced by the global economy, the total ratio of debt-to-GDP continues to climb. Does this indicate the onset of another financial crisis?
A new growth model for Europe’s neighbourhood
The developing economies of Europe previously outperformed emerging economies elsewhere, but the impact of the Recession stalled their growth. A shift towards a future-orientated growth model is required to arrest this decline
Why China’s capital account liberalisation has stalled
In recent years, China’s capital account has swung into deficit, with billions of dollars in foreign exchange reserves going missing. Risky liberalisation is the reason behind this massive capital flight
Why economic growth is no longer enough
Many industries are experiencing an increase in productivity due to the growing capabilities of technology, but low-skilled workers are suffering as a result. In this digital age, we must reassess our idea of what constitutes an economic success story
Why clear communication is crucial for banks
The language used by central banks is ill-suited to the needs of the average consumer. To successfully manage expectations, banks must learn to communicate more effectively
A three-pronged future
The global economy is currently accelerating, but positive growth never lasts forever. There are three possible paths world leaders can now take to either prolong this recovery, or destroy it
Measure for measure
As society gets richer on paper, measured GDP figures tell us less and less about the real state of inequality and welfare
Why corporate tax cuts don’t work
Far from encouraging growth, corporate tax cuts simply boost inequality and force future generations to pick up the slack
China follows its own economic rules, and continues to defy the naysayers to grow ever stronger
European ties that bind
Material cooperation would benefit both the UK and the EU, but it’s up to Theresa May’s government to change the tenor of negotiations
Where US manufacturing jobs really went
The number of manufacturing jobs in the US has been on a steady decline since the mid-20th century, but a loss in one sector often creates gains in another
Drawing in the reins
The IMF’s Special Drawing Right has struggled to meet its potential, but rising protectionist attitudes could help it to create a truly global reserve currency
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