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Fiscal Challenges Facing Next Government
2024-05-10 08:02
In the past 15 years, there is a general sense that many public services have been deteriorating. This isn’t just pessimism but backed up by longer waiting lists, crumbling infrastruct… Read More
Economic Record Of New Labour 1997-2010
2024-05-01 09:22
By 2007, New Labour had presided over the longest period of economic growth in the post-war period. It was the goldilocks economy with low inflation, low unemployment and an impressive rise… Read More
Why QE Will Cost The Taxpayer?
2024-04-30 08:18
Under Quantitative Easing, the Central Bank created large quantity of bank reserves and bought bonds. Commercial bnks saw an increase in bank reserves. Initially, this made it cheaper for… Read More
The Long Recession Of 2023-24
2024-03-30 09:12
It’s official the UK entered into recession last year with GDP falling over a period of six months. However, with only a 0.4% fall in GDP some argue the recession is relatively mild… Read More
Has The UK Run Out Of Money?
2024-03-28 08:05
Iss the UK broke? How much can the government borrow? Has the government run out of  money? Firstly, how does the UK compare to other countries? The UK is not alone in running governme… Read More
Is Buy To Let Sector In Decline?
2024-03-22 12:51
From the mid 1990s, the buy-to-let sector saw impressive growth. By 2016, 2 million individuals owned a buy to let property. But, recent events have seen a sharp decline in buy-to-let mortg… Read More
UK Inequality Explained
2024-03-01 16:07
After a sharp increase in the 1980s, income inequality appears to have slightly improved in recent years. However, this general measure of inequality fails to capture many of the increasing… Read More
UK 2024 Recession – Is It Avoidable?
2024-02-29 16:07
Last week the UK economy slipped into recession. But, was it avoidable? Why are interest rates not coming down when households are facing the greatest squeeze on incomes for a generation? Al… Read More
How Badly Is The UK Economy Doing?
2024-02-22 08:33
The UK is in recession, but the real story is 13 years of stagnant wages. 0% growth in real wages is unprecedented in the post-war period. This period of flatlining growth is leading to hig… Read More
UK’s Debt Problem
2024-02-13 09:15
In 2010, the UK hit at a record peace time deficit. The incoming government sought to reduce debt through austerity. In 2010, the UK hit at a record peace time deficit. The incoming govern… Read More
Problems In Canada Economy
2024-02-13 08:56
Canada has an abundance of natural resources. It has the third largest known supplies of oil in the world, helping to make it the 10th largest economy in the world and top 20 GDP per capita… Read More
Housing Market Policy Failures
2024-02-05 10:05
The UK housing market is in crisis, with prices eight times median incomes. The latest idea to be floated is the return of government-backed 99% mortgages. The logic is that since house pri… Read More
Thatcher’s Economic Legacy
2024-01-29 10:12
Thatcher introduced a break with the post-war consensus introducing new economic ideas such as Monetarism Free-market supply side policies Privatisation Tax cuts (especially for high income… Read More
Will Shock Therapy Fix Argentina Economy?
2024-01-27 12:20
After decades of high inflation, economic crisis and a stagnant economy. The new Argentinian president Javier Milei offers a radical plan – end inflation at whatever the cost. He cla… Read More
Argentina Economic Decline
2024-01-26 12:18
Is the Argentina Economy Doomed to Fail? In the past 65 years, Argentina has defaulted on debt five times. It has the highest rate of inflation in the world, and the devaluation in the Pes… Read More
Forecasts For House Prices In 2024
2024-01-24 08:51
With house prices falling in the past 12 months, is it worth waiting to buy or is better just to bite the bullet and not worry about forecasts for interest rates and house prices? Despite… Read More
The Problems Facing The German Economy
2024-01-20 14:17
Last year, Germany was the worst-performing major economy in the world. Real wages have fallen, confidence plummeted and workers are protesting. Relative growth rates The only thing incre… Read More
Could Interest Rates Return To Zero?
2024-01-06 08:24
In 2009, Central Banks around the world cut interest rates dramatically to 0%. It was supposed to be a temporary reaction to a short-term crisis. Markets and experts all predicted interest… Read More
Italy’s Economic Decline
2023-12-15 08:43
Italy ranks 5th in the global league for tourist destinations, and its easy to see why, beautiful countryside, great weather and a rich legacy of art and culture.  But, these historic… Read More
UK Economic Outlook For 2024
2023-12-11 10:22
The UK economy remains on a knife edge, after a year of stop-start economic growth, the Bank of England forecasts continued economic stagnation into 2024. Other forecasters are marginally le… Read More
Is The Real Inflation Rate Actually Higher?
2023-12-08 08:59
In the past few months, inflation in the UK has halved from 10 to 4.7%. In the US it has fallen to 3% but ask an average shopper and they may express scepticism, the cost of living seems to… Read More
UK Housing Market Forecasts For 2024
2023-11-18 14:47
And after a decade long-boom in house prices, the past 12 months have been a real turning point. Real house prices have already fallen 13%, and last month Rightmove reported a £6,000 d… Read More
How Does Immigration Affects House Prices?
2023-11-01 08:33
Last year, the UK saw a record level of net immigration, 600,000 – and although last year was exceptional, it is forecast to remain above pre-Brexit levels until 2026. Last year was al… Read More
China’s Property Collapse Explained
2023-10-17 08:04
China is facing a real property collapse with up to 65 million surplus homes, plummeting demand, falling prices and big property developers drowning under a mountain of debt. In the past few… Read More
Why UK Taxes Are Rising
2023-10-05 13:08
The UK tax burden is rising to the highest level since the Second World War. The IFS stated it will be a record-breaking parliament for tax rises. The only chancellor to actually cut taxe… Read More
How Overvalued Are UK House Prices?
2023-10-04 13:14
UK house prices are overvalued, which is why prices have started falling in most regions across the country. But, the big question is how far do prices need to fall? And where are prices mo… Read More
Economics Threats To The EU
2023-09-28 07:48
A majority of Europeans fear the EU could break up in the next 10 to 20 years. This is despite support for EU membership increasing in recent years. So why is there concern the world’s… Read More
Examples And Types Of Protectionism
2023-09-13 11:01
A list of some modern-day protectionist measures, including tariffs, domestic subsidies to exporters, and non-tariff barriers which restrict imports. Types of Protectionism Tariffs  &nd&hell…Read More
UK House Prices Falling
2023-09-08 13:21
House prices are falling at their fastest rate since 2009. With average prices 5% or £14,600 lower than last year. (Both Halifax and Nationwide reporting similar falls) Whilst Propert… Read More
How High Should Interest Rates Be?
2023-08-03 11:53
In the space of 18 months, Bank of England base rates have risen from historical lows to 5%, with more expected. It’s a remarkable turnaround for an economy accustomed to ultra-low bo… Read More
Solutions For UK Housing Market
2023-07-10 09:40
We face multiple housing crises all at the same time. Mortgage rates are soaring, yet renters face a broken market for years with rising rents and a shortage of properties. Buying is out of… Read More
Are We Heading For A Fiscal Timebomb?
2023-07-05 07:32
The economist recently warned that governments are living in a fiscal fantasyland, failing to confront dire and growing levels of debt. High inflation and rising interest rates have caused a… Read More
Failures Of The Bank Of England
2023-06-30 07:22
It’s not a good time to be a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Inflation far exceeding forecasts and the Bank was forced into something of a u-turn belatedly increasing interest… Read More
Is The UK Heading For A Recession In 2024?
2023-06-17 08:46
Last year, the Bank of England made a very gloomy prediction for the UK economy – a deep and prolonged recession. They were wrong, the UK avoided recession and grew more strongly tha… Read More
Bad News For UK Housing Market
2023-06-13 13:53
House prices are falling in most parts of the country. With prices around £15,000 lower than last summer. After a prolonged boom, the house price inflation rate is turning negative w… Read More
Could The UK Could Rejoin The EU?
2023-03-31 08:08
Given an unprecedented cost of living crisis, the UK electorate are turning against Brexit. The % regretting Brexit has grown to record level. There is no chance of a quick return to the EU… Read More
Videos About Economic Collapse On Youtube
2023-03-31 04:49
I began a Youtube channel in 2009, and despite the dire quality got quite a few views. But, I decided there was no future in making videos, so I stuck to writing a blog. In the summer of 202… Read More
How Bank Failures Can Destroy The Economy
2023-03-25 06:04
Bank bailouts are back. But, why do governments go to such lengths to save banks who took risks, ignored regulations and made a loss? This title about bank failures destroying the economy is… Read More
Are We Heading For Another Credit Crunch?
2023-03-24 08:42
In 2008, the world global banking system went into meltdown after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. It stemmed from a toxic combination of falling house prices, rising interest rates and su… Read More
Problems Of UK Housing Market
2023-03-21 08:51
The UK housing market is something of a national obsession. But, it faces numerous problems High prices (especially affecting younger people) High cost of renting – Shortage of propert… Read More
10 Brexit Costs On The Economy
2023-03-07 09:05
Brexit Costs include Food inflation/Food shortages Devaluation of Pound Slower economic growth Fall in tax revenue/less spending Custom Duties and Tax Decline in Trade Fall in Business Inves… Read More
House Prices Forecast To Drop In 2023
2023-03-07 08:50
Last week, the Nationwide reported a sixth consecutive monthly fall in house prices. They are now 6% down on last summer’s peak with buyers able to get an average £14,000 off the… Read More
Why The UK Became Relatively Worse Off
2023-02-23 15:10
In the past 13 years, the UK has seen an unprecedented stagnation in real incomes. If Pre-crisis growth had been maintained, real incomes would be around £7,000 higher. Whilst global… Read More
Are These Economic Benefits Of Brexit?
2023-02-15 12:22
Since 2016, the UK economy has performed poorly, – weak Pound, high inflation, falling real wages, and a worrying decline in business investment. There are mitigating factors, such as… Read More
Are UK House Prices Overvalued?
2023-02-08 16:31
Is the UK housing market fundamentally overvalued? Recently, I came across an interesting video which likened the UK housing market to a giant ponzi scheme. But is UK housing like a pack of… Read More
Inflation Set To Fall In 2023
2023-01-27 14:10
After inflation has reached the highest levels for decades it is set to fall dramatically over the next few months. I’ll explain why this is, why we will not notice much difference and… Read More
UK House Prices In 2023
2023-01-18 08:57
Since their peak in August 22, UK House prices have fallen 5%, but the big question is how much will they fall in the next 12 months? Expert predictions range from a modest 2% decline to a f… Read More
Forecasts Of Global Recession 2023
2023-01-14 09:15
2022 was a shocking year for the world economy, with the Ukraine war pushing up inflation and oil prices, causing economic disruption and lower growth. But, the IMF and World Bank predict 2… Read More
Water Privatisation – Pros And Cons
2022-12-13 12:53
Since privatisation in 1989, water bills have risen 40% and the industry is profitable for shareholders. Yet are households getting benefits? In recent years, we have seen a surge in the dis… Read More
Global House Price Fall
2022-12-08 10:22
The past couple of years have seen a surge in house prices around the world. This has pushed house price-to-income ratios to record levels – in many cases, outstripping the last boom o… Read More
Crisis And Delays In UK Public Services
2022-12-01 15:08
Britain is facing a chronic backlog in many public services. This includes record NHS waiting lists, a shortage of housing, delays in the criminal system, and a surge in unprocessed asylum r… Read More
Health Care Spending In The UK
2022-12-01 10:05
Since 1950, health care spending in the UK has increased dramatically in real terms (adjusted for inflation). In the post-war period, we have also seen a sharp rise in public health care spe… Read More
China’s Economic Crisis
2022-11-24 15:52
In the past few decades, the Chinese economy has grown at a breakneck speed, allowing living standards to soar with GDP per person growing 500% in the past 21 years. China has become a majo… Read More
Indian Economy Set To Grow
2022-11-23 09:54
Over the next few decades, the Indian economy is forecast to become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies – adding an estimated $400bn a year to its GDP. During the twenti… Read More

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