Here you will find thinking about economics and current policies. 

  • Germany’s trade surplus is down to Germany not the ECB (5/25/2017) - The German trade and current account surpluses were nevertheless still very large. Merkel’s attempts to claim that they are a function of a weak euro and a high oil price just won’t wash.
  • The economics of politics (4/14/2017) - Simon Smith Throughout my career, I have steadfastly made a distinction between economics and politics. You may say they are inexorably intertwined.  They are, but when it comes to analysing currencies, interest rates, the economy etc., my politics are not worth anything.  People I’ve worked with for years have no idea of my political views.…
  • NonEconomist with 2 degrees in Economics (2/26/2017) - Having been invited to write for this site, I have to immediately declare a conflict, in that I have two degrees in economics. Mind you, during my masters I left like I was doing a maths degree.  That’s the thing, from A-level (UK exam taken at 18), to bachelors to masters degree, the core of…