Rapping with Hayek and Keynes

February 8, 2010

Gettin’ down with the dismal science

Economic Ties?

February 2, 2010

Ties

As rare as it is to get any two economists to agree, the chances are even slimmer of hearing three Nobel economics laureates concur.

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What’s on your reading list?

December 17, 2009

If anyone needed a reminder that Christmas and NewYear holidays are almost here, Societe Generale has provided it. Analyst Dylan Grice has picked up the mantle of the departed James Montier to offer a seasonal reading list for those with a fixation about investment and economics.

Paul Samuelson, R.I.P.

December 16, 2009

Paul Samuelson,  1970 winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, died this week at the age of 94. His work is widely being hailed as helping set the agenda for contemporary economists and even for turning economics from being dry theory into something that can actually solve problems.

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Time to kick Russia out of the BRICs?

December 3, 2009

It may end up sounding like a famous ball-point pen maker, but an argument is being made that Goldman Sach's famous marketing device, the BRICs, should really be the BICs. Does Russia really deserve to be a BRIC, asks Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in an article for Foreign Policy.

The end of capitalism

November 23, 2009

Hard to imagine with financial markets still buoyant and newspapers full of tales of bonus greed, but there is still the possibility that captialism will end.  At least there is according to prestigious investment consultants Watson Wyatt in their latest study called “Extreme Risks“.

Health and the older worker

November 19, 2009

An interesting post on ING’s new eZonomics blog points the reader to a new study on older workers and health.  The findings — as reported in The Lancet — don’t at first glance look terribly surprising:

G20 dilemmas amongst the golf balls

November 5, 2009

Interesting dilemmas facing G20 countries as their finance ministers and central bankers get together on the golf ball strewn Scottish coast ( a meeting in St Andrews we will be Live Blogging on MacroScope, by the way).

Women and economics, an online exhibit

October 27, 2009

A new exhibit called Economica: Women and the Global Economy is offering up an online look at how half the world’s population is making it through the current economic turbulence, in which, it says, women are “uniquely impacted”.

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Pity Poor Pound

October 14, 2009

Britain's pound has long been the whipping boy of notoriously fickle currency markets, but there are worrying signs that it's not just hedge funds and speculators who have lost faith in sterling. Reuters FX columnist Neal Kimberley neatly illustrated yesterday just how poor sentiment toward sterling in the dealing rooms has become and the graphic below (on the sharp buildup of speculative 'short' positsions seen in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data) shows how deeply that negative view has become entrenched.