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The Economist: Free Exchange

Worrying signs

IN RECENT years there has been much talk of a “renaissance” in American manufacturing. A few things seemed to be on the side of the makers. For instance, until recently the dollar was weak. Ame...

NIMBYs in the twenty-first century

SINCE the publication of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", Thomas Piketty has won many plaudits for his work on inequality. The book has so far sold more than 1.5m copies. Its arguments have b...

The Spanish acquisition

INFLATION picks up in America, Google poaches Morgan Stanley's finance chief and Spanish banks go on the takeover trail

From hero to zero

THIS morning Britain's Office for National Statistics announced that inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), dropped to 0% in February (see chart): down from 0.3% in Ja...

Britain's rollercoaster budget, the mighty dollar and trade blocs

THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:The budget: Bust to boom (Britain)The mighty dollar: Feeling gre...

A rollercoaster ride

IN THIS week's print edition, we take a look at the latest budget, delivered yesterday by George Osborne, the Conservative chancellor of the exchequer. We called his plans for a rollercoaster of sp...

Now for the alternative

DANNY ALEXANDER, Britain's chief secretary to the Treasury (a position akin to a deputy finance minister), has a tricky job close to an election. On the one hand, Mr Alexander—a Liberal Democrat...

A loss of patience

RARELY have investors lavished so much attention on a single word. After a two-day meeting, the Federal Reserve dropped the word “patient” from its monetary-policy statement. Why the fuss over ...

A sense of déjà vu

A HISTORIAN looking back at tomorrow's budget, due to be revealed by George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, may well write:Faced with an economic crisis and a large budget deficit, the Br...

A green surge

THIS week our correspondents discuss the rise of the dollar, the turn in America's interest rate cycle and the upcoming Fed meeting