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+00:00September 14th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on ECB cut interest rates further into the negative

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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Interest rate cut in the U.S. for the first time in over 10 years

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+00:00May 4th, 2019|Macro|Comments Off on Central Bank independence in United States

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+00:00September 18th, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Fed decided to leave the U.S. national interest rate unchanged

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+00:00March 8th, 2015|International Economics, Macro|Comments Off on Ukraine: highest interest rate in 15 years at 30%

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+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Macro|Comments Off on Australian Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged

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+00:00September 11th, 2014|International Economics|Comments Off on Nobel Laureate Krugman on Scottish independence

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+00:00September 8th, 2014|Macro|Comments Off on Is the Fed going to raise interest rates any time soon?
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