Tag: economy

November 27, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Winner takes all Winner-takes-all nature of modern markets means top firm benefits don’t impact the whole economy, as in the past.  Bank of England data: the most-productive 1% of firms raised productivity by 8% a year from 2004 – 2014.  The other 99% barely raised productivity at all.  Highly successful global companies can still leave…

November 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Private equity What’s the big deal with private equity (PE)?  PE firms use debt to buy weak companies, turn them around & sell them.  They load the debt on to the acquired company & sell off its assets to create massive returns for investors quickly, while charging huge fees.  PE is changing finance & the…

November 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Night tube London’s night tube on Fridays/Saturdays lights up the economy by £360m; will be £1.54bn over 10 years.  Supports >3,600 jobs & has >500,000 users.  2 peaks – revellers at 01:30 BST & workers at 04:00.  Increase in demand since 2016 launch is double that of day time.  Oxford Circus is busiest entry &…

July 24, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Airline class Which airline class? First is back in front.  As super-rich numbers grow, airlines are revamping First Class cabins to stand out from discounters.  One First Class seat raises as much revenue as 12 in Economy/Coach, or 2 in Business.  Also helps manage occupancy & customer satisfaction in the most-profitable Business Class: No one…

May 31, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Tariff war What happens to the global economy if the tariff war escalates?  The tide going out lowers all boats.  Higher import costs drive up inflation, squeeze buying power & drag down consumption.  Firms respond to lower demand & earnings by cutting investment & jobs, which worsens the downturn.  Tariffs sound good, but are actually…

February 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Apart World economies growing apart.  GDP growth 2007 to 2018: US 17.1%, Europe 11.6%, Japan 6.7%.  But US outperformed mostly due to problems elsewhere.  What next?  US lose momentum? Or rest of the world catch up?  Will affect financial markets, trade wars, currencies, politics.  What should investors do short-term & long-term? Guessed the Word?         Series 37 (1/7) …

December 3, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Uncertainty Does uncertainty affect the economy?  Uncertainty spikes during recessions.  But the cause runs both ways: Uncertainty causes recessions because it makes consumers, employers & investors hesitate to spend.  When we all hesitate – that’s a recession Guessed the Word?         Series 34 (4/8)           [pic: pauloNicolello]

June 4, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Night economy Dark days: London has lost 1/4 of its pubs and >1,200 venues since 2001.  Yet evening/ night businesses contribute £26.3bn ($35bn) and >700,000 (ie. 1 in every 8)  jobs in the city Guessed the Word?         Series 24 (3/7)         [pic: free-photos]

May 21, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  GDP Royal wedding boost to UK economy estimate >£1bn ($1.4bn) in tourism, retail, restaurants, fashion & gifts.  But till recently, VAT from small firms was excluded in GDP calculations.  Volunteer work still doesn’t count, as no monetised transaction Guessed the Word?        Series 24 (6/7)         [pic: Jaguar E-type Concept…

February 9, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Expression New expression of our increasingly experience-driven economy: the  suitcaseTravel has become a way of life, as we shift from owning property to owning experiences.  2016 travel spend = $ 7.6 trillion. Guessed the Word?         Series 19 (5/7)           [pic: Rimowa]