The Great Debate UK

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 –

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.

from The Great Debate:

Tightening underway, Fed a passenger

February 23, 2010

A tightening in financial conditions is under way but its principal architect won't be the Federal Reserve.

from Breakingviews:

China’s tweaks won’t cure financial excess

January 14, 2010

weigu.jpgA month before China ushers in the year of the Tiger, its central bank has begun to address the effects of its roaring liquidity boom. It is encouraging that the authorities in Beijing are alert to the threat of an overheating financial system. But with so many countervailing forces, the liquidity tiger will not be tamed so easily.

Will inflation soar when QE is withdrawn?

December 15, 2009

MarkBolsom - Mark Bolsom is Head of the UK Trading desk at Travelex, the world’s largest non-bank foreign exchange and international payments provider. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from The Great Debate:

The death of the “punchbowl” metaphor

By J Saft
October 29, 2009

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Don't expect the year-long rally in risky assets to be undermined any time soon by the Federal Reserve becoming concerned about inflation.

Things just got a lot worse for inflation

September 23, 2009

David Kuo- David Kuo is director at The Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own.-

What is the collective name for a crossing of fingers?

Because that seems to be what the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee members are doing. They are collectively crossing their digits in the hope that they have done enough to steer the UK economy out of recession.

from UK News:

Is a 1.8 percent inflation rate good or bad news?

August 18, 2009

- Sumeet Desai, Reuters senior UK economics correspondent. -

Inflation unexpectedly held steady in July, official data showed Tuesday, but economists still expect big falls in the annual rate this year and monetary policy to stay loose for some time to come.