Why should the Bank of England hike rates when it can baby-step?

January 17, 2014

When the Bank of England decides to start hiking interest rates, it may find that its standard 25 and 50 basis point interest rate moves of old are too blunt a tool for Britain’s delicately-poised economic recovery.

Financial headcounts stabilize in 2009

February 25, 2010

After financial firms slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs in 2007 and 2008, the bloodletting slowed in 2009 as major banks rebounded from the financial crisis. Even though firms like Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co reported billions of dollars in profit, they still did not announce major hiring initiatives.

Trending down

April 15, 2009

The global economic crisis has prompted  a number of economists to argue that the world will from now on experience lower trend growth, that is, roughly, that normal growth will be lower. The argument is that the current crisis is structural, not cyclical.

from Global Investing:

Zeitgeist check

January 26, 2009

Some more bits and bobs to capture the current mood among investors:

-- Some stock indexes have started to fall below their 2008 lows, meaning the turn-of-the-year rally has petered out. Dead cat bounce?