The Great Debate UK

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.

What our wellbeing says about the economy

July 30, 2009

peter-dixon- Peter Dixon is a guest columnist, the views expressed are his own. He is global financial economist at Commerzbank -

Issues in monetary normalisation

June 16, 2009

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

Investors like simple narratives, which is why markets swing erratically and illogically between extremes of hope and fear. Reality is more complex. As F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked “the true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time”.

Short-time work cushions Europe in crisis

By Paul Taylor
June 3, 2009

paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. –

Unlike the 1930s, there are no hunger marches or tent cities of the homeless and jobless in Europe’s biggest economic slump since the Great Depression.

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Get ready for the “Great Immoderation”

By J Saft
May 8, 2009

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

The recession will soon be dead, laid to rest alongside the idea of the "Great Moderation", a set of hopeful assumptions that underpins expectations about economic growth and asset valuations.

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A chink of light for the euro zone

May 1, 2009

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

Even without a huge fiscal boost or a hell-for-leather central bank, Europe could have a recovery, albeit a tepid one, on the cards by the end of the year.

Apocalypse Now: A return to high borrowing, high taxes and weak growth

April 22, 2009

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–Gerard Lyons is chief economist at Standard Chartered. Any opinions expressed are his own. –

The toughest Budget ever

April 16, 2009

david-kuo_motley-foolthumbnail– David Kuo is a director at the financial Web site The Motley Fool. The views expressed are his own. –

Time to ease up on quantitative easing

April 16, 2009

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– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Quantitative easing is like drinking. Nothing much seems to happen at first, so you take a little more. As the warm alcoholic glow spreads over you, it feels pretty good, and surely another glass will make you feel even better. Stop soon enough, before you start feeling woozy, and there are no ill effects. Go on until you can’t stand, and the effects can be disastrous.

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Africa and the global economic crisis

April 1, 2009

- Jorge Maia is head of Research and Information for Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, established in 1940 to promote economic growth and industrial development. The opinions expressed are his own -