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Know Macroeconomics and Become a Billionaire

Warning! This article is not suitable for a commentary (it's just very interesting). Priceonomics: The Trade of the Century: When George Soros Broke the British Pound IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (exchange rates) This is a superb article that explains in detail how a managed exchange rate works in real life (with all its downsides) [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:24:55+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Macro|Comments Off on Know Macroeconomics and Become a Billionaire

IMF says that India is no longer the fastest growing economy

CNN Money: India no longer the world's fastest-growing economy: IMF Article published: Jan 16, 2017 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (economic growth) The IMF's World Economic Outlook forecasts that economic growth in India will decline this year, thanks to a "temporary negative consumption shock" caused by the government's decision to ban the countries largest rupee notes, a policy [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:29:08+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Macro|Comments Off on IMF says that India is no longer the fastest growing economy

Interest rate increase in the U.S.

  Forbes: Fed Hikes Rates For Second Time In A Decade, Indicates More To Come In 2017 Article published: Dec 14, 2016 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policiey, interest rate) For the second time in over 10 years, the Central Bank of the U.S. (known as the Fed) has increased the interest rates, which is a [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:39:41+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Macro|Comments Off on Interest rate increase in the U.S.

ECB keeps increasing the money supply

BBC: ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace Article published: Dec 8, 2016 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (Monetary policy) At times of low economic growth and very low inflation, Centrtal Banks use expansionary monetary policies to get things going. This includes decreasing interest rates and increasing the money supply. While interest rates are already very [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:41:51+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Macro|Comments Off on ECB keeps increasing the money supply

OPEC cuts oil supply first time in 8 years

Guardian: Oil price surges as Opec agrees first cut in output since 2008 Article published: Nov 30, 2016 IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (demand and supply, cartel) Decreased supply leads to higher price: "The price of oil has surged by 8% after the 14-nation cartel Opec agreed to its first cut in production in eight years." Source [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:42:30+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Macro|Comments Off on OPEC cuts oil supply first time in 8 years

Spanish unemployment on the decrease

Bloomberg: Spain’s Unemployment Rate Falls to More Than Six-Year Low Article published: Oct 27, 2016 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (unemployment) While Spanish unemployment is still the 2nd highest in Europe, it has now decreased to an over 6 year low, thanks to the increase in the number of service sector jobs. The secondary sector's job creation [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:43:31+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Macro|Comments Off on Spanish unemployment on the decrease

A more progressive tax system for Guernsey

BBC: Guernsey tax allowance to end for high earners Article published: Oct 4, 2016 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (inequality in the distribution of income, redistribution) The government of Guenrsey decided to make their tax system more progressive. For example, to provide "[r]educed or no allowance for those earning more than £138,000." Excellent article to talk about the [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:16:30+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Macro|Comments Off on A more progressive tax system for Guernsey

Chinese manufacturing industry contracting for two months in a row

BBC: Chinese manufacturing continues to contract in September Article published: Oct 1, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (AD/AS, economic growth) While the whole world is panicking about the decreasing economic growth of China, the fact that the manufacturing industry has shrank for the 2nd consecutive month [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:50:13+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Chinese manufacturing industry contracting for two months in a row

Fed decided to leave the U.S. national interest rate unchanged

Reuters: Global economy worries prompt Fed to hold rates steady Article published: Sep 17, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (interest rates, monetary policy) Fed Chair Janet Yellen stated that "The outlook abroad appears to have become less certain," as a reason for not increasing interest rates [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:51:21+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Fed decided to leave the U.S. national interest rate unchanged

India’s inflation rate falls due to better weather

BBC: India's inflation rate falls to three-month low Article published: Apr 13, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (inflation) Due to falling inflation, the central bank of India might cut interest rates for the 3rd time this year. Source of image: BBC, AFP Do you need a [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:52:44+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on India’s inflation rate falls due to better weather

Deacreased no. of people applying for unemployment benefits in the U.S.

Businessweek: Jobless Claims in U.S. Over Past Month Lowest in 15 Years Article published: Apr 9, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (unemployment) It seems that the American labour market is improving as "jobless claims averaged 282,250 a week, the lowest since June 2000." Source of image: [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:52:54+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Deacreased no. of people applying for unemployment benefits in the U.S.

Low-skilled people to enter the high-tech industry in the US

The Washington Post: Obama calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring Article published: Mar 9, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (govt' spending, employment, education/training) 'Obama called on employers, educational institutions and local governments to develop a home grown high technology workforce that could help drive [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:57:05+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Low-skilled people to enter the high-tech industry in the US

Ukraine: highest interest rate in 15 years at 30%

Reuters: Ukraine's central bank to lift benchmark rate to 30 pct Article published: Mar 3, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (inflation, monetary policies), International economics (exchange rates, IMF) A great article about the unfortunate circumstances of Ukraine and how the Central Bank and the Govt' [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:57:09+00:00 March 8th, 2015|International Economics, Macro|Comments Off on Ukraine: highest interest rate in 15 years at 30%

Indian Govt’ to increase business confidence

The Economic Times (The Times of India): Budget 2015: Govt’s tax moves to ensure policy certainty, assure investors Article published: Mar 2, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (deregulation) "Shoring up tax administration is a key policy priority for the government as it moves to attract [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:58:05+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Indian Govt’ to increase business confidence

Australian Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

Reuters: Australia's RBA holds rates, leaves door open for cut Article published: Mar 2, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policies) Although a cut was awaited, the RBA held the rate unchanged, but an expansionary monetary policy might follow. Source of image: Daniel Munoz, Reuters Do you [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:58:17+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Australian Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

India plans to build new waterways

The Economic Times (The Times of India): Government may declare additional 101 routes as national waterways Article published: Mar 2, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (supply-side policies) Besides waterways, other infrastructural projects will follow, such as building highways, ports, power plants, airports etc. As a [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:58:31+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on India plans to build new waterways

Negative interest rates on German bonds

CNN Money: Yes, investors now pay to lend Germany money Article published: Feb 25, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics If you want to lend money to the German government you will have to pay for it. Source of image: David Gannon, AFP, Getty Images Do [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:00:15+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Negative interest rates on German bonds

Bank of England may rise the interest rates in the future

The Guardian: Britons should not fear rise in interest rates when they come, says BoE member Article published: Feb 24, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics If inflation raises in the future the Bank of England will be quick to respond by increasing the interest rates. [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:00:36+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Bank of England may rise the interest rates in the future

Pay rise demanded by Cameron

CNN Money: UK to business: Pay your workers more! Article published: Feb 10, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics Source of image: Stefan Rousseau, AFP, Getty Images Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? Register for private lessons here. Looking for more articles? Click here. [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:01:29+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Pay rise demanded by Cameron

Greece and debt relief

The Globe and Mail: Greece comes away empty handed in faceoff with Germany over debt relief Article published: Feb 5, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics and International Economics Source of image: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? Register for private [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:01:50+00:00 February 8th, 2015|International Economics, Macro|Comments Off on Greece and debt relief

Is the Fed going to raise interest rates any time soon?

Time: How the Fed Will React to Today’s Surprising Jobs News Article published: Sep 5, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Section 2, Macroeconomics It turns out that there have been less jobs created in August in the US than the average of the 6 months [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:03:41+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Macro|Comments Off on Is the Fed going to raise interest rates any time soon?

A threat of deflation in Europe

Reuters: Hollande, Draghi agree on threat of deflation: official Article published: Sep 1, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Section 2, Macroeconomics As deflation is threatening Europe, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) calls for expansionary fiscal policy over contractionary measures, having [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:03:55+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Macro|Comments Off on A threat of deflation in Europe
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