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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calorie Reduction Plan in England

BBC: Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials Article published: Aug 18, 2017 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (market failure, negative externalitites) Public Health England plans to introduce targets to cut the current level of calories in popular foods. Following the reductions of [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:12:02+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Micro|Comments Off on Calorie Reduction Plan in England

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

New international agreement on decreasing global oil production

  BBC: Oil price surges as Opec and non-Opec members agree deal to cut output Article published: Dec 12, 2016 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (demand and supply, cartel) This time, the OPEC has managed to get an agreement through with non/OPEC members, most notablz, with [...]

By | 2018-10-25T04:13:23+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Micro|Comments Off on New international agreement on decreasing global oil production

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

Tax cuts for Chinese car manufacturers

Wall Street Journal: China Car Sales Rise Sharply in September Article published: Oct 12, 2016 – out of date: no longer suitable for your IB Economics commentary IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics (government intervention: tax cut) Thanks to tax cuts, Chinese car manufacturers can sell their products at lower prices. No wonder that there are a lot more sales [...]

By | 2018-10-24T03:42:27+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Micro|Comments Off on Tax cuts for Chinese car manufacturers

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