Posts bySimon Atkinson

Vive la difference!

As we’ve been putting together this year’s Almanac, our politicians and civil servants have of course been frantically negotiating the details of the UK’s forthcoming departure from the EU. But, although Britain may be leaving the European Union, Britain is not leaving Europe. At least, not yet. So, we thought now might be a good…

The feel good factor

Every month, the Ipsos Global Economic Pulse survey asks people around the world to tell us how they think the economy is doing in their country. No economists, analysts or any other kind of so-called experts are involved. What do people see? Well, we can talk about the global economy and the intertwined-ness of international…

The view from here – global economic perspectives

This October, the International Monetary Fund published its latest review of the global economy, predicting a slowdown in growth this year to 3.1% (from 3.4% in 2014). In its understated way, the IMF noted that “prospects across the main countries and regions remain uneven”.1 “Uneven” is a certainly a good descriptor of what we’ve witnessed…