from The Great Debate:

Britain’s austerity experiment is faltering

By Nicholas Wapshott
March 28, 2012

It was the Welsh sage Alan Watkins who remarked that a budget that looked good the day it was delivered to the British Parliament was sure to look terrible a week later, and vice versa. The avalanche of new information dumped by the Treasury is simply too much to grasp at a single sitting, and governments tend to bury bad news in a welter of statistics. And so it proved with finance minister George Osborne’s budget served up last week.

from The Great Debate UK:

EU stress tests: for banks or governments?

July 19, 2010

- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from MacroScope:

Some good econ reads from the Blogosphere

July 6, 2010

From the econ blogosphere:

UK BUDGET
-- The libertarian Adam Smith Institute says here that the UK government should look at every government job, programme and department, and ask whether they are really needed. "Do we really need new school buildings....? Should taxpayers really stump up for free bus passes, or winter fuel and Chistmas bonuses for wealthy pensioners?"

from The Great Debate UK:

A history lesson for lenders

June 9, 2010

GREECE

-Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Global News Journal:

Should Norway bail out Iceland?

March 2, 2010

icesaveWhile not exactly pocket change, Iceland’s $5.5 billion Icesave debt to Britain and the Netherlands amounts to just 1.2 percent of the value of Norway’s offshore wealth fund. For Iceland, it's more than $15,000 per citizen.

from Global News Journal:

Cometh the hour, cometh Van Rompuy?

February 8, 2010

van rompuy2Three months ago, Herman van Rompuy might have struggled to be recognised on the streets of his native Belgium, let alone Paris or London. The bookish former prime minister, a fan of camping holidays and Haiku poetry, was nothing if not low-key; a studious consensus builder in the world of Belgian politics.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

UEFA to call time on loss-making clubs

January 27, 2010

MALTA/Half Europe's leading professional clubs are losing money, according to UEFA, and the forthcoming Financial Fair Play initiative will be a concerted attempt to tackle the problem.

from MacroScope:

Punctured Britain

April 7, 2009

If British chancellor Alistair Darling now occasionally tires of being reminded of his party's erstwhile promise of  "no more boom and bust", he won't thank British accountancy firm Grant Thornton  for sending journalists a bike puncture repair kit.

Tools to help you get out of debt

March 26, 2009

Financial website Unbiased.co.uk announced this week that as a nation we spent the first 83 days of the year working just to pay the interest on our debts. Personal loan levels increased to 11.4 billion pounds in 2008, up by over 1.6 billion pounds on the previous year and mortgage debt from equity release loans also increased by 6.5 billion pounds. Credit card debt, on the other hand, decreased by just over 4.9 billion pounds.

from The Great Debate UK:

Deflation? It’s inflation you need to watch

March 25, 2009

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