Whether or not you include oil, Osborne's economic record is atrocious
By Alex Hern - 28 February 16:57

Double-dip or not, stagnation is here for sure.

Stephen Hester's magical misdirection: defending RBS's £5bn losses and £679m bonuses
By Alex Andreou - 28 February 15:26

RBS has announced losses of over £5.1bn and bonuses of £679m, after being bailed out by the taxpayer. Through Stephen Hester's sleight of hand, we are expected to believe that this has been a “chastening year” for the bank.

Government Bond Markets: Unfeeling Psychopaths or Rational Keynesians?
By Pawe? Morski - 28 February 9:45

We're blaming the fire alarm for the fire.

Migrants in the workforce: facts v fiction
By Alex Hern - 27 February 17:44

Government policy does mercifully little to affect the labour market, even if it could be doing better.

2012 GDP growth revised upwards by 0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 27 February 9:53

Stagnation continues.

Why don't we save? Because we don't have the money
By Alex Hern - 27 February 9:30

The biggest reason for a failure to contribute to pension plans is not having the money to do so.

Paul Tucker attempts to spice up British monetary policy
By Alex Hern - 26 February 17:23

Negative interest rates are like candy floss to central bankers, it is believed.

Has the pound turned the corner against the Euro?
By Alex Hern - 26 February 12:33

As the Italian <em>tuttishambles</em> starts to bite, the currency wars get interesting.

Stop focusing on triple dips. Anaemic growth is just as bad
By Alex Hern - 26 February 11:14

Welcome to stagnation. It's not a nice place to be.

Victory for Abenomics as Japan's maverick PM gets his pick of governor
By Alex Hern - 25 February 17:06

Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to be the new governor of the Bank of Japan.

New Statesman
With every fare rise and fee increase, the government decides to defy the inflation hawks
By Alex Hern - 25 February 11:29

This year and next, a full 0.6pp of inflation will be because of direct government decisions.

Biosecurity agency cut by Labour experiences 1000 per cent increase in workload
By Alex Hern - 25 February 10:29

The Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service has experienced over 4000 calls in the last six months about the chalara outbreak.

The condensed Moody's downgrade
By Alex Hern - 23 February 10:43

What does the rating agency say about Britain?

What does a latte tell us about currencies? Very little, actually
By Alex Hern - 22 February 15:32

Purchasing power parity is not the same as the Big Mac Index.

Growth doesn't just mean using more resources. It also means using less
By Alex Hern - 22 February 12:18

If you can do something for one ten-thousandth the cost it used to be, you'll feel pretty rich.

Credit cards are obsolete. Is consumer debt heading the same way?
By Alex Hern - 22 February 11:02

The technological history of credit.

New Statesman
Inflation is worst for the worse off
By Alex Hern - 22 February 8:40

"Essentials" increased in price by far more than the CPI last year.

How austerity was based on market panic
By Alex Hern - 21 February 15:52

Markets were full of fear. When that receded, so did the bond spreads.

Oh, for the casual potency of a Fed policymaker
By Martha Gill - 21 February 14:23

Making off-hand remarks with the coiled power of a jungle cat.

Public sector borrowing on course to overshoot OBR projections by £11bn
By Alex Hern - 21 February 12:29

ONS reports a stronger January than last year, but the trend remains poor.

China proposes introducing a carbon tax
By Alex Hern - 21 February 8:28

The developing world takes the lead in fighting climate change.

Good news on the jobs front, but why is the Youth Contract not working?
By Spencer Thompson - 20 February 13:57

A year on from its launch, the Youth Contract looks feeble in comparison to the problem it is trying to solve. It's time for a jobs guarantee.

Now that gold is losing value, hopefully we can put the "Brown's bottom" myth to bed
By Alex Hern - 20 February 13:20

Should the Chancellor really be a day trader?

New Statesman
Unemployment is down, but so are real wages
By Alex Hern - 20 February 10:18

Mixed news in the ONS release.

EU carbon permit scheme gets a sticking-plaster fix
By Alex Hern - 20 February 9:40

Permits to be backloaded, constraining supply.

4G auction raises £1bn less than expected
By Alex Hern - 20 February 7:19

£3.5bn has been pre-spent; just £2.35bn will be arriving in the coffers.

Work Programme providers plead poverty
By Alex Hern - 19 February 12:45

Don't hate the small charity players, hate the large corporate game.

Is tax Britain’s problem? No – it’s housing
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 10:25

In obsessing over the mansion tax we risk ignoring the real issue.

Google faces EU crackdown over privacy violations
By Alex Hern - 19 February 9:24

January 2012's privacy policy comes under fire.

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