The Great Debate UK

Gordon Brown: flawed saviour of financial system

By Hugo Dixon
May 12, 2010

– Hugo Dixon is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Inflation impoverishes Britons the easy way

April 21, 2010

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –
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Critics might say the UK’s inflation target is just for fun. Consumer prices were 3.4 percent higher in March than in the previous year, well above the 2 percent target rate, but the Bank of England will do nothing at all.

Election may be fought on peak between dips

April 14, 2010

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LONDON, April 13 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Gordon Brown says his Labour party will “secure the recovery” if it wins the UK election in May. The opposition Conservatives would kill the upturn, he says. Brown is right in one sense: the “recovery” can easily be broken. But only because it is so fragile in the first place.

from Breakingviews:

Bank of England turns more radical on bank terror

March 31, 2010

Central bankers' speeches tend to be dry affairs. For this reason alone, Andrew Haldane's latest thoughts on the financial crisis deserve attention. In a discussion about size in banking, the Bank of England's executive director in charge of financial stability makes reference to the structure of al Qaeda, the limits of Facebook friendship, and the world domino-toppling record. Rhetorical flourishes aside, Haldane's comments contain a serious message: regulators are thinking increasingly radical thoughts about tackling big banks.

QE pause shows there is a long way to go

February 4, 2010

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- Mark Bolsom is the Head of the UK Trading Desk at Travelex, the world’s largest non-bank FX payments specialist. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Little chance of a rate hike until at least Q3

January 23, 2010

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Can inflation be controlled by raising interest rates?

January 13, 2010

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from The Great Debate:

In praise of smaller banks, less volatility

December 17, 2009

-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

If we want a world with safer banks, we need to be prepared for the consequences; lower growth over a painful medium term but the promise of making it up over the long run as we suffer less devastating financial blowups.