The Global Risks Report 2020

World Economic Forum: The Global Risks Report 2020 Article published: Jan, 2020 IB Economics syllabus: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Development Economics (market failure, negative externalities of production, sustainability, equity in the income distribution, economic development) One week before the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Organization published their Annual Risk Report, in which experts analyze the threats facing [...]

By |2020-01-30T14:13:53+00:00January 30th, 2020|Development Economics|Comments Off on The Global Risks Report 2020

Global debt in one infographic

The Visual Capitalist: $69 Trillion of World Debt in One Infographic Article published: Nov 14, 2019 IB Economics syllabus: macroeconomics (the government budget, public debt), development economics (international debt) While this is not an article for your Internal Assessment, it's a great visualization of all the $69 trillion of world debt that exists currently (as of late [...]

By |2019-12-27T13:58:37+00:00December 27th, 2019|Development Economics, Macro|Comments Off on Global debt in one infographic

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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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

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