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China in Charts…


Monday, October 19th, 2015

China has released GDP figures showing the Chinese economy grew at 6.9% last quarter. Beijing has forecast a 7% growth rate this year. 6.9% shows the well publicised slowdown whilst preserving the 7% target. How useful. President Xi Jinping arrives […]

Affirming Trends.


Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The newsflow today reaffirms some of the main themes that have been in place since the early crisis: European Economic weakness Squeezed European consumers Indebted governments Troubled financial firms There is little actual fundamental evidence that these themes are going away and in […]

Mark (two) Carney


Monday, February 11th, 2013

Mark (two) Carney.. The Smooth Operator. As the kitten deleted my comment last week, I shall try again today (if you have not seen it, she featured in Sunday Telegraph’s City Diary). Mark Carney, polished, slick and assured. Channel 4 likened […]

Mervyn King – Raining on Mark Carney’s Parade.


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Mervyn King – Raining on Mark Carney’s Parade? What is it with Central Bankers?  Why do they have to deliver really important changes in policy at speeches that not many are taking notice of? Last July, Mario Draghi delivered his “whatever-it-takes-Dirty-Harry” […]

Bank Of Japan


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

So after two decades of almost no growth and deflation, are we at a turning point for Japan? Assuming we are, is it a good thing or does it just create a whole new set of problems? The Bank of Japan’s announcement to target […]

Sterling Crisis


Monday, January 21st, 2013

Sterling Crisis? There has been much comment recently on Sterling weakness.  The pound is down from $1.6250 to $1.5877 since in just the first few weeks of 2013.  Last summer, one pound bought over E1.28, now it only buys E1.19.  The big question is whether this is […]