Season 1

Shadow Banks – necessary or a force for evil?
September 21, 2022x
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Shadow Banks – necessary or a force for evil?

Shadow Banks can take the blame for the 2007-8 financial crisis, packaging up mortgages and selling them as securities to investors. It seems like there’s no lack of imagination when it c...

Energy, a free market failure
September 14, 2022x
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Energy, a free market failure

It’s clear, when energy becomes short in supply, free market forces can’t look after all of society. Just the wealthy. That’s why governments are having to step in, propping up an industr...

Changing the role of central banks
September 07, 2022x
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Changing the role of central banks

Liz Truss, the UK’s latest Prime Minister, has vowed to review the mandate of the Bank of England (BoE). It’s unclear what outcome she wants, although Kwasi Kwarteng, who is likely to be ...

Is the European economy stuffed?
August 31, 2022x
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Is the European economy stuffed?

Whilst the US might be struggling a bit with inflation, its nothing compared to what’s likely to happen in Europe. This week Russia shuts down its gas pipeline to Europe, supposedly for r...

Should we be bricking it over BRICS?
August 24, 2022x
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Should we be bricking it over BRICS?

It seems the whole approach to global trade is being redrawn. Donald Trump wanted to do less trade with China before the pandemic, and now with the Ukraine invasion the west wants to do l...

Is it time to revert to more state ownership?
August 18, 2022x
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Is it time to revert to more state ownership?

It’s a question being asked more and more. How many of the things that we privatised should be brought back under state control, as energy companies record massive profits, yet those on l...

Can the price mechanism fix everything?
August 08, 2022x
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Can the price mechanism fix everything?

On the Why Curve podcast last week , Phil (and Roger Hearing) spoke to Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, who argued that the gas crisis in Europe will be la...

Can you calm inflation and keep jobs?
August 03, 2022x
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Can you calm inflation and keep jobs?

Central banks are pushing up interest rates to slow down the rate of inflation. The principle is simple. Supplies are constrained and demand is high, so we’re being charged more for pract...