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Central Bank independence in United States

CNBC: Federal Reserve fends off efforts to be politicized by President Trump, for now Article published: May 2, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (central bank independence, monetary policy) NOTE: I don't recommend this as an IB economics commentary article as it is too long, and there is no specific policy action discussed, but it is a great one [...]

By | 2019-05-04T09:22:16+00:00 May 4th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Central Bank independence in United States

Trump’s view on strong dollar

Reuters: Trump says strong dollar hurting U.S. competitiveness Article published: March 2, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (central bank policy, exchange rates) Trump is openly against further monetary tightening (raising interest rates) and hints that the strong dollar can reduce export competitiveness: “I want a strong dollar, but I want a dollar that’s great for our country [...]

By | 2019-03-03T13:41:20+00:00 March 3rd, 2019|International Economics|Comments Off on Trump’s view on strong dollar

FED raised interest rates

  The Guardian: Federal Reserve raises interest rates despite pressure from Trump Article published: December 19, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) The Federal Reserve (Central Bank of the United States) has increased the interest rates for the 5th time this year. According to the chairman, the U.S. is a healthy economy and there is [...]

By | 2018-12-20T17:02:36+00:00 December 20th, 2018|Macro|Comments Off on FED raised interest rates

Tariffs cut on U.S. car imports into China

  CNN Business: China is temporarily slashing tariffs on US auto imports Article published: December 15, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (protectionism, tariffs) After placing additional tariffs on cars in July, China has now decided to reduce these tariffs on a temporary basis for the next three months. The decision was made in order [...]

By | 2018-12-17T06:02:24+00:00 December 17th, 2018|International Economics|Comments Off on Tariffs cut on U.S. car imports into China

How tariffs can divert trade

Reuters: Shut out of China, U.S. coal exporters find favour in India Article published: Nov 20, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (protectionism, trade) This article talks about how the higher tariffs in China made American coal producers sell coal in other countries (e.g. India) instead of China. This is a real-life example of trade diversion. [...]

By | 2018-11-26T05:16:42+00:00 November 21st, 2018|International Economics|Comments Off on How tariffs can divert trade

Better wait with further interest rate hikes?

Reuters: For Fed, sell-off could point to fading Trump stimulus Article published: Oct 23, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics  (economic growth, monetary policy) The Fed (Central Bank of the United States) is in the process of increasing interest rates. This is definitely necessary as the U.S. economy is getting close to overheating, expanding "at an annualized [...]

By | 2018-11-21T06:14:49+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Macro|Comments Off on Better wait with further interest rate hikes?

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 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:13:09+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Macro|Comments Off on Interest rate increase in the U.S.

A stronger dollar means American goods become less attractive for tourists

CNN Money: Macy's sales slump as foreign tourists stop spending Article published: May 13, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: International Economics (exchange rates, export prices) As the USD got stronger, tourists in the U.S. started spending less (especially when it comes to luxuries). Source of image: Kena [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:51:29+00:00 May 14th, 2015|International Economics|Comments Off on A stronger dollar means American goods become less attractive for tourists

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

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba

Reuters: U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo Article published: Mar 2, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (opening up new markets - boosting demand) and International Economics (trade agreements) Source of image: endthesanctions.com Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? Register for private lessons here. [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:57:35+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|International Economics, Micro|Comments Off on U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba

U.S. wine exports on the increase

LA Times: U.S. wine exports in 2014 second highest on record Article published: Feb 25, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: International economics Source of image: Santa Barbara Wineries, aluncboxblog.com Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? Register for private lessons here. Looking for more articles? Click [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:00:26+00:00 February 25th, 2015|International Economics|Comments Off on U.S. wine exports on the increase

The effects of low oil prices on Americans

The Washington Post: What do falling oil prices mean for the U.S. in the short and long term? Article published: Feb 14, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics A bit longish article but provides a great analysis of how the U.S. economy is influenced by the [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:01:11+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Micro|Comments Off on The effects of low oil prices on Americans

OPEC’s power decreasing

CNN Money: End of OPEC is closer to reality Article published: Feb 10, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics and International Economics Source of image: IT Works for Business You might also want to have a look at these charts about oil output, demand and U.S. [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:01:39+00:00 February 14th, 2015|International Economics, Micro|Comments Off on OPEC’s power decreasing

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?

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