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from The Great Debate:

Welcome to the Teenies, sorry about those returns

December 29, 2009

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

As we say goodbye to a decade so abysmal it never even earned a nickname, it is time to take bets on how the coming 10 years will shape up in economics and financial markets.

A year of austerity looms in 2010

December 23, 2009

david-kuo_motley-foolthumbnailDavid Kuo is director at the Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from UK News:

Has Alistair Darling done enough to revive Labour’s electoral hopes?

By Reuters Staff
December 9, 2009

So how was it for you?

Chancellor Alistair Darling threw the dice in his pre-budget report in an attempt to bolster Labour's chances of winning the general election in 2010.

David Willetts on the Anglo-Saxon finance model

December 2, 2009

Demography is the most powerful single structural explanation of changes in the economy in society around us, David Willetts, Conservative Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills told Reuters ahead of a talk about European policy options on Wednesday at the London School of Economics.

Pre-budget report delicate balancing act for Darling

December 2, 2009

thomas-story – Thomas Story is tax director at BDO. He will participate in a Reuters pre-budget live blog on Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. British time. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Politicians should allow a business-led recovery

December 1, 2009

evansAnthony J. Evans is assistant professor at ESCP Europe business school. He will participate in a Reuters pre-budget live blog on Dec. 9, at 12 p.m. British time. The opinions expressed are his own. –

from MacroScope:

Crisis? What Crisis?

November 18, 2009

The title of this post is taken from two sources. One was a headline in British tabloid, The Sun, in January 1979, when then-prime minister James Callaghan denied that strike-torn Britain was in chaos. The second was the title of a 1975 album by prog rock band Supertramp that famously showed someone sunbathing amidst the grey awfulness of the declining industrial landscape.

When firms “Too Big to Fail” fall

November 5, 2009

Amid the turmoil of the 2008 financial crisis a myriad of events unfolded that the general public knew nothing about, writes New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin in a new book titled “Too Big to Fail.”

Bank hedges bets with QE expansion

November 5, 2009

BRITAIN-BANK/RATESWhen the Bank of England decided to expand its quantitative easing policy by 25 billion pounds to 200 billion on Thursday, it was essentially hedging its bets.

Why is the UK still in recession when the U.S. isn’t?

November 3, 2009

Recent U.S.  gross domestic product data show the world’s biggest economy emerged from recession in the third quarter, while in the UK data show that in the same period Britain’s economy contracted.