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British Pound hits the lowest level in 3 years against the dollar

BBC: Pound hits three-year dollar low in Brexit turmoil Article published: Sep 2, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (exchange rates) No-deal Brexit is becoming a likely scenario for the United Kingdom to leave the EU and if it becomes reality, only one thing will be certain: uncertainty. But, as the article mentions, "[c]urrencies, as a rule, [...]

By | 2019-09-03T09:24:27+00:00 September 3rd, 2019|International Economics|Comments Off on British Pound hits the lowest level in 3 years against the dollar

Tariffs increased on Chinese imports in US

Bloomberg: U.S., China Lack Deal But Avoid Rupture After Tariff Hike Article published: May 10, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (international trade, protectionism, tariffs) NOTE: This article is a little bit long, make sure that you (1) fit it into two pages and (2) that you highlight the parts that you are commenting on. Why is [...]

By | 2019-05-10T20:09:55+00:00 May 10th, 2019|International Economics|Comments Off on Tariffs increased on Chinese imports in US

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

EU-Japan Trade Agreement

  Reuters: EU-Japan free trade deal cleared for early 2019 start Article published: December 12, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (economic integration) "The European Union and Japan will launch the world’s largest free trade zone early next year after their economic partnership cleared a final hurdle on Wednesday." Source of image: REUTERS/Yves Herman Do you [...]

By | 2019-02-12T22:48:42+00:00 February 12th, 2019|International Economics|Comments Off on EU-Japan Trade Agreement

Amazon and Walmart restricted in India

  CNN Business: India just made life tougher for Amazon and Walmart Article published: December 27, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: International economics (trade barriers, protectionism) In order to cut back the influence of large American firms such as Amazon and Walmart, India is now set to restrict foreign e-commerce companies. This is good news for domestic [...]

By | 2019-01-02T15:57:38+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|International Economics|Comments Off on Amazon and Walmart restricted in India

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

Turkey Interest Rate Hike

BBC: Turkey raises interest rates to 24% in new bid to boost lira Article published: Sep 13, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics, International economics (monetary policy, exchange rates) While President Erdogan described himself as an "enemy of interest rates", finally the Central Bank of Turkey has made the move to significantly increase the interst rates in order [...]

By | 2018-10-24T04:39:46+00:00 September 14th, 2018|International Economics, Macro|Comments Off on Turkey Interest Rate Hike

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

Anti-collusion regulations in action in China

The Economic Times (The Times of India): Qualcomm to pay $975 million fine over Chinese anti-monopoly claim Article published: Feb 10, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics HL (monopoly power, collusion), International Economics (protectionism) China has stepped up against large firms violating anti-collusion laws. This time, [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:16:14+00:00 March 24th, 2015|International Economics, Micro|Comments Off on Anti-collusion regulations in action in China

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%

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

USD hit by a single comment

Reuters: Dollar hit by Japan government adviser's yen comment, Aussie jumps as RBA stands pat Article published: Mar 2, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: International Economics (exchange rates) Source of image: IndiaCrunch.in Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? Register for private lessons here. Looking for [...]

By | 2017-08-23T10:57:52+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|International Economics|Comments Off on USD hit by a single comment

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

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

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

Swiss National Bank discontinues minimum exchange rate

Business Insider: The Swiss Franc Is Rocketing Upwards Article published: Jan 15, 2015 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: International Economics Press release of the Swiss National Bank can be read here. Source of image: Business Insider Do you need a little boost with IB Economics? [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:02:54+00:00 January 15th, 2015|International Economics|Comments Off on Swiss National Bank discontinues minimum exchange rate

Nobel Laureate Krugman on Scottish independence

New York Times: Scots, What the Heck? and its follow-up: Scotland and the Euro Omen Articles published: Sep 7 and 8, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Section 3, International Economics In just one week, on Sep 18, 2014 Scotland will hold a referendum about their [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:03:31+00:00 September 11th, 2014|International Economics|Comments Off on Nobel Laureate Krugman on Scottish independence

Putin’s Economic Model

Businessweek: Putin's Economic Model Showing Strain as Russia Is Cut Off From Global Finance Article published: Jun 27, 2014 - out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Section 3, International economics Russia is slowly "cut off from global finance." Or is it? Well, Europe is careful with sanctions as it [...]

By | 2017-08-23T11:04:25+00:00 August 31st, 2014|International Economics|Comments Off on Putin’s Economic Model

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