The Great Debate UK

Bank of England’s focus on growth might stir ghost of inflation

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2013

–Darren Williams is Senior European Economist at AllianceBernstein. The opinions expressed are his own.–

How the government is really helping the UK economy

September 6, 2012

The government’s latest plan to boost growth by relaxing planning permission rules has attracted a mixed reaction. In fairness, allowing homeowners who have detached houses to build an 8 metre long-extension is never going to get the UK economy out of the bolt hole it has found itself in. Likewise, the perceived U-turn on the plan to build another runway at Heathrow is unlikely to happen in time for Cameron and Osborne to take credit for the growth boost.

from MacroScope:

The IMF to turn on the rich

October 11, 2010

The latest International Monetary Fund meeting ended with emerging market powers getting a pledge from the organisation for stronger and "more even-handed" scrutiny of what is going on in large advanced economies.

from Summit Notebook:

Is emerging Europe out of the woods yet?

By Michael Winfrey
October 8, 2010

A surge in portfolio inflows is flooding into emerging central Europe, although yield-hungry investors are picking solid HUNGARY IMF/MATOLCSYpolicy and higher growth over countries still struggling to put the crisis behind them.

from MacroScope:

Investment week: Punch drunk and hard to startle

September 9, 2010

This week’s rehashing of European banking concerns – related variously to the Basel III impact on German banks, the ongoing morass re Anglo Irish Bank or any other scare story you want to exhume -- provided the latest excuse for a global markets wobble as September kicked off. Yet, with some justified head-scratching over what really was new to the world this week as opposed to last week, price moves showed little conviction. Most losses were quickly recouped and decibel level of the commentariat, still frantically competing to warn you of the next disaster, toned down.

Friendly Cameron and King get mix right for now

July 2, 2010

By Ian Campbell

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

Cameron tasked with changing Brits’ expectations

May 12, 2010

– Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. The opinions expressed are his own –

Britain’s economy should learn to speak a little Chinese

August 10, 2009

ross2- John Ross is visiting professor at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University where he writes a blog on globalisation. The views expressed are his own. -

Tough year ahead for UK plc – but longer term future sound

November 28, 2008

Peter Hemington is a Corporate Finance Partner at BDO Stoy Hayward. The views expressed are his own.