from Breakingviews:

China’s superlative growth looks hard to sustain

December 18, 2014

By Peter Thal Larsen and Robyn Mak

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Breakingviews:

Sorry, this is as good as the global recovery gets

By Edward Hadas
December 16, 2014

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At the beginning of 2014, many people were optimistic about the world economy. For the fifth straight year, it had seemed safe to declare the lingering effects of the 2008 financial crisis over and done with. This time is different: 2015 is likely to begin in a merited atmosphere of gloom.

from Breakingviews:

Rouble free fall throws Russia into ugly spiral

December 16, 2014

The Central Bank of Russia was successful for about two hours. Its overnight decision to hike the main interest rate from 10.5 percent to 17 percent initially shocked markets enough to arrest the rouble’s fall after the currency sank almost 12 percent on Dec. 15. But the Russian currency quickly resumed its slide, smashing record lows – as if the central bank hadn’t moved at all. That leaves policymakers with few sensible short-term options. Further out, only an end to the Ukrainian stand-off and related Western sanctions or sharply higher oil prices could soothe markets. Neither is likely to happen soon.

from Hugo Dixon:

Can we live the good life without economic growth?

By Hugo Dixon
December 8, 2014

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Is the good life possible without economic growth?

Merely raising the question challenges the conventional contemporary wisdom that a society’s prime goal should be to boost its income continually. But it is one that the West, especially Western Europe, may have to confront. Europe is not just suffering the after-effects of a nasty cyclical downturn, it has probably entered an era of low growth.

from Expert Zone:

India’s growth outlook keeps getting better

By Nimesh Shah
December 8, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from Breakingviews:

UK’s economic torpor looks structural

By Edward Hadas
December 4, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Sinking rouble puts debt squeeze on Russia Inc

December 3, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

India may boast world’s steepest rate cuts in 2015

December 2, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Brazil may have escaped recession, but not the minefield

November 26, 2014

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Brazil's newly-re-elected government is set to announce on Friday that the recession that began at the start of 2014 is now over. But a minefield of risks surrounding Latin America's largest economy recommends caution before celebration.

from MacroScope:

Greek bailout pressure rising

By Mike Peacock
November 25, 2014

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Greece's government will resume stalled talks with EU/IMF lenders in Paris today as Athens pushes to make an early exit from an unpopular bailout programme.