from The Great Debate UK:

Budget day: Politics not economics

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2014

--Sam Hill is Senior UK economist at RBC. The opinions expressed are his own.--

The headlines generated by the forthcoming UK budget are likely to be political rather than economic; the general election is next year. Despite a faster than expected fall in unemployment and inflation, macroeconomic developments since the December autumn statement present limited scope for forecast revisions to government borrowing. But come the post-budget analysis, some of the seemingly esoteric revised economic assumptions may have important consequences for how the budget is perceived politically.

from The Great Debate UK:

Budget preview: Don’t expect pyrotechnics

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2014

--Nick Beecroft is Chairman, Saxo Capital Markets, Saxo Bank. The opinions expressed are his own.--

from The Great Debate UK:

Budget background: Dark with light patches

March 17, 2014

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

from The Great Debate UK:

UK recovery, but not on the high street

September 12, 2013

It was only a few days ago that George Osborne declared victory on economic malaise saying that the UK economy has turned a corner. The economic data has improved dramatically in the last six months, which gave Osborne a battering ram to launch a political attack on the Labour Party. Osborne used his moment in the sun to prove Ed Balls and all on the other side of the political bench wrong, saying that his austerity programme is right for Britain.

from Breakingviews:

Boris Johnson intervention reduces Brexit chances

By Hugo Dixon
December 4, 2012

By Hugo Dixon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own

from Breakingviews:

The real UK plan B: protecting against euro chaos

By Hugo Dixon
December 2, 2011

By Hugo Dixon and George Hay
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Breakingviews:

Becalmed UK in danger of double dip

November 2, 2011

By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

UK will get QE2 – but may need fiscal help too

September 15, 2011

The odds are moving rapidly towards a launch of QE2 in the UK. A second bout of quantitative easing - printing money - would be controversial. But a fragile economy needs extreme treatment - monetarily, and probably fiscally, too.

from The Great Debate UK:

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

August 25, 2010

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-Laurence Copeland is professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School. The opinions expressed are his own and do not constitute investment advice. -