US Economy

US Economy Looking to Bounce Back After Unseasonal Weather

Jeremy Cook | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Industry shutdown, the construction sector could not operate in places where the ground was frozen like concrete and output slipped. From an economist's point of view this posed an interesting question. Was the weather weakening output and underlying strength would be seen as soon as the snow thawed? Or were deeper structural issues being masked by the weather?

Obama Congress - What a Mess

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As you already know, the US Government has been shut down for over two business weeks. The President and Members of Congress battle over who is to blame while failing to present any real solutions. What's going on here in Washington is simply a symptom of a much bigger problem.

Worries Abound, But Keep the Faith

Nick Beecroft | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

Last week I wrote that the US economy was in a sweet spot for the markets, with a Goldilocks, 'not too hot, not too cold' type recovery that won't cause the Fed to tighten, but will provide enough cheer to keep risk 'on'.

US 'Goldilocks' Recovery Paves Way for Three Months More Fun

Nick Beecroft | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

'Not too hot, not too cold' just about perfectly sums up the state of the US economy right now. With first quarter growth of about 2.5% on an annualis...

Compare and Contrast - Obama and Osborne Sing Off Different Hymn Sheets

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

President Obama's State of the Union address was full of the soaring rhetoric and accomplished oratory that we've come to expect. Aside from delivering a moving testimony on the need for gun control, and re-affirming his green credentials, a key passage on macro-economic policy is worth considering

UK Economic Recovery Hangs on Obama's State of the Union

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Edmundson

At the State of the Union, it is expected that Obama will turn to setting out more gritty detail on domestic priorities for this second term. Undoubtedly, a large part of the speech will focus on how the United States can protect their economic recovery and create jobs.

Huff Post Live

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics

With Britain facing the prospect of a triple-dip recession America is examining its own austerity policies and looking to us to see what lessons can b...

All the President's Men

James Davis | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics
James Davis

How can President Obama make good on his campaign promises to strengthen the welfare state, invest in America's crumbling infrastructure and preserve American leadership in world affairs - all in a period of sluggish growth and continued economic uncertainty? The president will have the first of two important opportunities to provide some answers at his inauguration this Sunday.

It's Time for Washington to Think Strategically

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Investors were clearly thinking along traditional lines last week and wanted Romney, but the Obama victory doesn't have to be such a bad result for them. Chances of reaching a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff have increased a little bit with the outcome of these elections. And the outlook for getting to a more comprehensive agreement on getting back on a healthy fiscal track have improved somewhat with a second-term president and less power for the Tea Party.

A Republican Post-Mortem: It's Demography, Stupid!

Joseph Yackley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Yackley

The exit polling data is clear. Apart from political party, no other measure explains the outcome of the election more than race and ethnicity. Not gender, not religion, not age.

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

Kay Burley | Posted 05.01.2013 | UK Politics
Kay Burley

More than 1,000 people live in dirty, rat-infested underground flood tunnels way beneath Caesar's Palace at The Luxor casino hotels. Disease and highly poisonous spiders are the major concern. Begging and 'dumpster diving' for food is how they survive. Many of those who call this home are former war veterans or those who came to Las Vegas in pursuit of the American dream. Drink, drugs and depression are now their way of life. So, who do the residents of underground Vegas want to win on Tuesday? I'll be finding out as I spend the next few days broadcasting for Sky News from Nevada.

USA Welcome to Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

The idea that the choice lies in either saving the climate or the economy is nonsense; dealing with the causes, effects and outcomes of climate change will provide a huge economic stimulus it itself. Which begs the question, what are they waiting for.

The Presidential Election and the Global Economy is in the Hands of Only 275,000 Voters in Ohio

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Gareth Edmundson

Mark my words the 2012 Presidential Election is all going to come down to Ohio. Other swing states like Florida, Virginia and Colorado are going to be important but looking at the electoral map, all roads lead to the buckeye state and its 18 Electoral College votes. The candidates know it and Ohio knows it too.

Election Special: How it Stacks Up...Obama by a Whisker?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

As much as I see Obama as a disappointment, I still feel he would be the lesser of two evils. And, many voters will see it the same way.

Is Privatization the Way Forward for the Chinese Economy?

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

Despite mass unemployment, low-growth economy and falling living standards, privatization remains the ultimate dogma of the neoliberal doctrine.

Don't Give Ratings Agencies Too Much Credit

Jeremy Cook | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK
Jeremy Cook

As most of us are on holiday now or heading off for one soon, the nation is now firmly immersed in a state of summer relaxation - boosted by the euphoria of Team GB's golden run and the Olympic Games. When it comes to the prospects for our credit rating, the government should embrace the summer spirit and, as Dave would put it, 'chillax' a little too.

UK Economy 'Moving In Wrong Direction' Say Nearly 75% Of British Voters

PA | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK

Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of British voters think the country is "moving in the wrong direction" economically, while a huge 93 per cent fear...

Orthodox Economics Gone Mad

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The mantra of growth as a cure to the economic malaise that is engulfing Europe and the US is repeated ad nauseam by economists and political pundits. My training is in engineering science, not economics, so let us not be encumbered by economic dogma or theory. Let us go back to first principles to examine some of the prevailing economic axioms.

Fair Taxes According to a Four-Year-Old

April Salchert | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK
April Salchert

I currently work at an international nursery/preschool here in Stockholm. I'm doing this to help fund my studies towards a Master's Degree in English ...

The Evils of Obscene Income Inequality

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

The greed, excess and selfishness that brought liberal democracy and capitalism to the edge of the abyss have been demonstrated once again by the late...

QE - Quantitative Easing or Questionable Economics?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

We all know QE stands for Quantitative Easing; a better description would be Questionable Economics. The Bank of England has just announced QE2, where...

The Global Economy - To the Mattresses!

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

It seems clear that investors pulled out of the market due to long term fear and uncertainty of what is next. The only sensible answer may be to stuff your cash into your mattress and hope the bed bugs don't bite

Small-Picture Thinking

Colleen Becker | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Politics
Colleen Becker

Having spent the summer extinguishing various debt ceiling fires, Obama's team is now reportedly "struggling" to cobble together an employment strategy that will appeal to both Democrats and Republicans.

Stocks Fall As US Employment Growth Figures Stagnate

PA | Posted 02.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The worst US employment data for nearly a year has increased fears of a global recession and sparked another rout on stock market...

Political and Social Inaction: The Dangers of Doing Nothing

April Salchert | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Politics
April Salchert

Over the last few months, some surprising and high-profile events have taken place in the world, economically and politically. And, well, some surpris...