The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

How to tell you’re not Greece — yet

April 12, 2010

By Rob Cox and Agnes T. Crane

Greece may be enviable as the ancient cradle of democracy -- but no country wants to emulate its contemporary fiscal troubles.

from Breakingviews:

Markets right to take Fed move badly

By Edward Hadas
February 19, 2010

The Federal Reserve deserves some sympathy. The U.S. central bank did everything it could to stage-manage its minimal tightening moves, announced late on Feb. 18. But markets reacted as if to serious bad news.

from MacroScope:

Britain heading for rude awakening?

January 20, 2010

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There is a divisive election ahead for Britain, the threat of a ratings downgrade on its sovereign debt and a deficit that has ballooned into the largest by percentage of any major economy.  UK stocks, bonds and sterling, however, are trundling along as if all were well. What gives?

Are the markets right to fear a hung parliament?

January 18, 2010

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

There is a well-trodden saying that markets hate uncertainty. Elections are inevitably uncertain, so until the votes in the next election are counted we cannot be certain which party will govern the UK.

Light at the end of the tunnel for the U.S. economy?

December 18, 2009

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- Kully Samra is UK Branch Director, Charles Schwab. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Economic outlook remains fragile

September 26, 2009

John Monks-John Monks is general secretary at the European Trade Union Confederation. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Lehman sparks a year of trading opportunities

September 15, 2009

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-Angus Rigby is CEO of TD Waterhouse. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Volatility has been the name of the game since Lehman’s collapse, an event which sent shock waves through the global financial markets. The ripple effect on correlated sectors sent share prices on a roller coaster ride of unpredictable fluctuations throughout the year – and yet at the same time this very volatility paved the way for the profit-taking retail trader, if they got their timing right of course.

Government must act on bold promises to UK manufacturers

August 5, 2009

radley1- Steve Radley is Director of Policy at EEF, Britain’s manufacturers’ organisation. The views expressed are his own.

Liquidity & inflation, lessons from the 1940s

April 24, 2009

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– John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own –

from Africa News blog:

Time to stop aid for Africa? An argument against

By Reuters Staff
February 23, 2009

Earlier this month, Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argued that Africa needs Western countries to cut long term aid that has brought dependency, distorted economies and fuelled bureaucracy and corruption. The comments on the blog posting suggested that many readers agreed. In a response, Savio Carvalho, Uganda country director for aid agency Oxfam GB, says that aid can help the continent escape poverty - if done in the right way: