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UK Economics Focus

Occasional “think pieces” on themes of current interest.

Sample - How do the US and UK monetary policy outlooks differ?

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What would Brexit mean for the UK economy?Brexit wouldn't spell disaster for UK exportsWill policymakers choke off the recovery?Reasons to be cheerfulBudget 2015: Less radical, more pragmaticBudget 2015 PreviewThe UK economy after the electionElection 2015 PreviewBudget 2015: Sticking to his gunsBudget 2015 Preview
Why are the public finances not already fixed?Deflation to have limited impact on pay roundCan the economic recovery maintain its pace?Fiscal and monetary policy after the electionIs very low inflation the new norm?Autumn Statement 2014: Staying the courseAutumn Statement 2014 PreviewThe economy and the electionHow do the US and UK monetary policy outlooks differ?A Scottish ‘No’ would have limited economic impact but a ‘Yes’ would rattle markets and the Scottish economy
Has forward guidance been a success?Is the recovery sustainable?Are the housing market's warning lights flashing?Will low inflation keep the MPC at bay?Can the Financial Policy Committee cool the housing market?Budget 2014: Mr Osborne keeps the shackles in placeBudget 2014 PreviewWill onshoring boost the recovery?Will policy help or hinder the recovery?Is low inflation back for good?
Can the economy rebalance?Growth in workforce will help keep interest rates downAutumn Statement 2013: Mr Osborne sticks to the pathAutumn Statement 2013 PreviewToo low for too long?Have households fixed their balance sheets?Is the income squeeze nearly over?Will unemployment fall sooner than the MPC thinks?Are the makers on the march?Can the recovery continue without bank lending?
Will consumers drive a recovery after all?Can Carney save the day?Will the Government get the housing market going?Is the UK turning Japanese?Why have we been wrong on inflation?Is the economy as strong as the jobs figures suggest?Budget 2013: Steady as she goes – agroundTime to tackle the pound?Budget 2013 PreviewCan the UK build its way to a recovery?
Are the Government’s fiscal plans crumbling?Will inflation throw another spanner in the works?Monetary policy in fluxCan companies get the recovery going?What would Scottish independence mean for the remaining UK?Autumn Statement 2012: More of the sameAutumn Statement 2012 PreviewIs consumer spending facing a lost decade?Nominal GDP target not a silver bulletIs the output gap a crack or a chasm?
Are the fiscal rules about to be broken?The implications of the proposed inflation reformsDo recessions damage supply? Some historical evidencePolicy dilemmas – growth versus austerityHow will firms and households fare?Will the euro-zone crisis undermine London property values?Would more QE do any good?Is the household saving adjustment complete?Fiscal challenges to remain beyond current squeezeCould the Olympic flame reignite the recovery?
Is household debt a problem?Will productivity growth ever recover?Budget 2012: Not rocking the boatBudget 2012 PreviewWhy is the UK lagging behind?How will UK property markets fare in 2012?What more can the policymakers do?Will falling inflation come to the rescue?Just how hard will the euro crisis hit the UK?What should we expect from QE2?
Autumn Statement 2011The Chancellor’s hands are tiedWill retail spending prove resilient again?Does the Government need a Plan B?Can consumers stand the pressure?Does inflation offer a way out of the debt crisis?Could the recovery cope with a rate rise?Budget 2011: Still banking on Plan ABudget 2011 PreviewKeeping an eye on the 2011 pay round
Can the resilience of corporate profits last?Is GDP higher than we think?Is the housing market heading for a double-dip?Will inflation ever fall back?Can the economy continue to recover?Housing downturn another blow for consumer spendingCan the spending cuts actually be achieved?Will tighter regulation prevent a recovery in lending?Is QE finally working?Fiscal squeeze to slam the brakes on consumer spending
Policy challenges for the new UK GovernmentEmergency Budget 2010: Tough but tenderEmergency Budget PreviewCan private sector hiring offset public sector job cuts?Indebtedness not a big problem for the corporate sectorCould we be wrong about inflation?UK Election Preview - The phoney fiscal debateBudget 2010 - Still putting off the inevitableBudget 2010 Preview - A holding operationQE a year on
As many Eastern Europeans going as comingWill the UK catch up in the global recovery?How will the election influence economic policy?Pre-Budget Report 2009 - Still waiting for the axe to fallHow will consumers fare in the fiscal squeeze?Pre-Budget Report 2009 Preview - Going for broke?UK faces a decade of high unemploymentThe VAT threat to consumer spendingSpare capacity could yet turn inflation negativeFrom banking crisis to fiscal crisis?
Could the UK have a creditless recovery?Bank lending still set to fall well shortRecent house price rises lack a firm foundationCan investment drive the recovery?How do we get out of this fiscal mess?The hardest part of QE is yet to comeHow will the policymakers respond to recovery?Why is UK retail spending so strong?Is the lower pound already helping?Pay cuts intensify deflation danger
Can the UK make the most of the lower pound?Budget 2009 - The tip of the icebergWhich parts of consumer spending will recover first?Budget 2009 Preview - The great borrowing binge goes onJust how deep is this fiscal mess?Lending measures will not fill the holeWill the lower pound stave off deflation?Drag from stockbuilding to easeConsumer spending rebound unlikely to lastThe pros and cons of bank nationalisation
Can pay freezes prevent further job losses?The anatomy of the Great Depression of the 1930sWhat more can policymakers do?Much bolder action required to boost bank lendingHow to spot a recovery – the evidence from past recessionsWill quantitative easing work?Life insurers better placed than the banksPre-Budget Report 2008Falling inflation won't prevent consumer slump.Pre-Budget Report 2008 – Preview