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India cuts business taxes

BBC: India delivers surprise corporate tax cuts to boost economy Article published: Sep 20, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (expansionary fiscal policy, supply-side policy) A great article if you'd like to write about expansionary fiscal policy for your macroeconomic commentary. The Indian government has announced huge corporate (business) tax cuts in order to boost investment (and hence [...]

By | 2019-10-09T09:55:28+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on India cuts business taxes

Fed cut rates again

CNBC: Fed approves quarter-point rate cut but is divided on further action this year Article published: Sep 18, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) The FED (U.S. Central Bank) has cut the interest rates again by 0.25%. “The implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures" were given as the [...]

By | 2019-09-30T21:21:05+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Fed cut rates again

ECB cut interest rates further into the negative

Sky News: European Central Bank cuts interest rates for first time since 2016 Article published: Sep 12, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (expansionary monetary policy) The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its interest rates to an all-time-low of -0.5% and announced a bond buying program (basicall pouring money into the Eurozone) at a rate of €20 [...]

By | 2019-09-14T06:21:28+00:00 September 14th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on ECB cut interest rates further into the negative

China eager to boost economic growth – but will it manage?

Bloomberg: China’s Stimulus Debate Is Still Alive After Grim Trade Data Can't open the article? Check this link. Article published: Sep 8, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (expansionary monetary and fiscal policy) China is desperate to keep economic growth above 6% and it is having a hard time doing so mostly due to the ongoing trade [...]

By | 2019-09-11T12:56:55+00:00 September 11th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on China eager to boost economic growth – but will it manage?

Say hello to the ‘cheap money bubble’

CNN: Central bank rate cuts are inflating a cheap money bubble Article published: Aug 12, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) NOTE! This article is an opinion itself, that is, it is a "commentary" about the latest developments in global monetary. Therefore, it is not really suitable for an IB Economics IA, but it is [...]

By | 2019-08-26T19:09:35+00:00 August 26th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Say hello to the ‘cheap money bubble’

Can central banks further boost their economies?

CNN: Can the world's central banks save the bull market? Article published: Aug 18, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) NOTE! This article is not really suitable for an Economics Internal Assessment (commentary) as its focus is not a single economy. Yet, it gives insight into the most important current events that affect the global economy, such [...]

By | 2019-08-26T19:06:02+00:00 August 19th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Can central banks further boost their economies?

India, Thailand and New Zealand follow U.S. by cutting interest rates

The New York Times: 3 Countries Cut Rates as World Braces for More Trade War TurbulenceThe Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008 Article published: Aug 7, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) Amid fears from a global economic slowdown, the central banks of India, Thailand and New Zealand have cut their interest rates [...]

By | 2019-08-19T07:06:51+00:00 August 10th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on India, Thailand and New Zealand follow U.S. by cutting interest rates

Interest rate cut in the U.S. for the first time in over 10 years

CNN: The Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008 Article published: July 31, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! This has been the first time since 2008 that the Fed (U.S. Central Bank) has cut interest rates. This is a form of expansionary fiscal policy which is carried out in order [...]

By | 2019-08-02T15:11:07+00:00 August 2nd, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Interest rate cut in the U.S. for the first time in over 10 years

No-deal Brexit and recession go hand in hand

CNN: UK will plunge into recession if it leaves Europe without a Brexit deal Article published: July 19, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (economic growth, recession) The UK's new prime minister, Boris Johnson is determined to carry out Brexit in October, even if he cannot get a better deal from the EU. Brexit without a deal would [...]

By | 2019-07-22T21:31:38+00:00 July 22nd, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on No-deal Brexit and recession go hand in hand

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

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

Brazil interest rate cut

Reuters: Brazil cuts rates to all-time low, signals more easing ahead Article published: March 21, 2018 IB Economics syllabus: Macroeconomics (monetary policy) Brazil has cut its interest rates to record low in order to boost inflation and AD during a slow recovery after a deep recession. A clear real-life example of easy (expansionary) monetary policy. [...]

By | 2018-11-26T05:16:06+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Macro|0 Comments

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?

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

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 | 2018-10-25T04:12:23+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 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:12:37+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 – 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.

ECB keeps increasing the money supply

BBC: ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace Article published: Dec 8, 2016 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:14:01+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 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:14:11+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 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:14:22+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 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary 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 [...]

By | 2018-10-24T03:41:44+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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