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The Economist: Free Exchange

This isn’t 2008, but it isn’t great either

SO FAR, 2016 has been something of a disaster around global markets. Equity and commodity prices have been hammered. Yields on safe government bonds are plumbing extraordinarily low levels. Investo...

Would a dating app just for economists work?

YOUR usually dedicated economics correspondent has recently been considering ditching the world of journalism to start a new app: "Economistr". Like Tinder, but for economists. Your correspond...

Building more houses is only part of the remedy for high prices

I WANT to hammer home a point that we made in a piece a few weeks ago. Whenever economists talk about the British housing market (which by some measures is the world's most expensive except Monaco)...

February 9th 2016

Our correspondents discuss sharp falls in the value of bank stocks and evaluate the parallels with the 2007-08 financial crisis

How to make negative rates less painful

NEGATIVE interest rates are intended to give the economy a boost. But one potential side effect can be to damage the banking system. A cut to official interest rates feeds through into money market...

A peer-to-peer Ponzi scheme

PONZI schemes abound in China and the latest has bilked nearly one million investors; and we also look at why...Continue reading

The rouble has not depreciated by as much as it may seem

IN RUSSIA at the moment, lots of people are talking about "import substitution". The price of the nation's main export, oil, has collapsed; and the West has slapped on sanctions as punishment for t...

The Fed makes the best of the bad situation it created

SUPPOSE for a moment that you are sitting on the Federal Open Market Committee and therefore share the FOMC's view of what's going on in America's economy, and therefore think that it was sensible ...

The Ukrainian economy is not terrible everywhere

IN 2014 Ukrainian GDP fell by 7%; in 2015 it shrunk by an astonishing 12%. The whole economy is indeed in trouble; the hryvnia, the currency, has lost about 70% against the dollar in the past two y...

The tax man cometh

A DEAL struck between Google and the British government over back payments signals change in the way multinationals will be taxed, though it is proving controversial