Larry Elliott
Larry Elliott
Larry Elliott is an English journalist and author who focuses on economic issues. He is the economics editor at The Guardian, and has published seven books on related issues, six of them in partnership with Dan Atkinson.Source
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Rishi Sunak launches taskforce on Bank of England digital currency

Rishi Sunak launches taskforce on Bank of England digital currency

Chancellor says move is one of measures designed to boost City after UK’s Brexit departure from EUMon 19 Apr 2021 06.03 EDTLast modified on Mon 19 Apr 2021 11.55 EDTA digital currency for the UK has moved a step closer after the chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a top-level taskforce to explore the benefits and risks of the idea.Sunak said a joint Treasury-Bank of England taskforce was being set up as part of a range of measures designed to boost the City following Britain’s departure from the EU.Speaking at a financial industry conference, the chancellor said a taskforce jointly led by the...

Apr 19
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Economics' failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’

Economics' failure over destruction of nature presents ‘extreme risks’

New measures of success needed to avoid catastrophic breakdown, landmark review findsand Tue 2 Feb 2021 01.00 ESTThe world is being put at “extreme risk” by the failure of economics to take account of the rapid depletion of the natural world and needs to find new measures of success to avoid a catastrophic breakdown, a landmark review has concluded.Prosperity was coming at a “devastating cost” to the ecosystems that provide humanity with food, water and clean air, said Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, the Cambridge University economist who conducted the review. Radical global changes to...

Feb 2
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Xi Jinping warns of 'new cold war' if US keeps up protectionism

Xi Jinping warns of 'new cold war' if US keeps up protectionism

In virtual address to World Economic Forum, Chinese president calls for multilateral approach to crisis Economics editorMon 25 Jan 2021 14.55 ESTLast modified on Mon 25 Jan 2021 16.28 ESTChina’s president, , has sent out a warning to Joe Biden that he risks a new cold war if he continues with the protectionist policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.In an address to the virtual World Economic Forum event, Xi called for a multilateral approach to solving the economic crisis caused by Covid-19 and said the pandemic should not be used as an excuse to reverse globalisation in favour of...

Jan 25
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Fighting climate crisis made harder by Covid-19 inequality, says WEF

Fighting climate crisis made harder by Covid-19 inequality, says WEF

Environmental issues are biggest danger in coming years, says international organisationEconomics editorTue 19 Jan 2021 04.43 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 05.04 ESTTackling the existential risk posed by the climate crisis will be made harder by the growing gap between rich and poor triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Economic Forum has said.The body that organises the annual gathering of the global elite in the Swiss town of Davos said warning signs of the threat posed by infectious disease had been ignored for the past 15 years, with disastrous results.Despite the loss of...

January 19, 2021
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Four-day week would be affordable for most UK firms, says thinktank

Four-day week would be affordable for most UK firms, says thinktank

A carefully designed could be introduced in the UK immediately and be affordable for most firms with more than 50 workers, a thinktank has said.A report by – which is campaigning for a shorter working week without loss of pay – said the majority of 50,000 firms studied would be able to cope with the change through higher productivity or by raising prices.The thinktank said the government should investigate ways of rolling out a four-day week, starting with the public sector.Read moreAlthough many companies are struggling with the lingering impact of the UK’s deepest slump in more than 300...

December 29, 2020
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China to overtake US as world's biggest economy by 2028, report predicts

China to overtake US as world's biggest economy by 2028, report predicts

Centre for Economics and Business Research says it expects this to happen half a decade sooner than it forecast a year ago Economics editorFri 25 Dec 2020 19.01 ESTChina will overtake the US as the before the end of the decade after outperforming its rival during the global Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report.The Centre for and Business Research said that it nowexpected the value of China’s economy when measured in dollars to exceed that of the US by 2028, half a decade sooner than it expected a year ago.In its annual league table of the growth prospects of 193 countries, the UK-based...

December 26, 2020
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Rishi Sunak says Covid economic emergency has only just begun

Rishi Sunak says Covid economic emergency has only just begun

has warned Britain that its Covid-19 economic emergency has only just begun after responding to news of the deepest slump in more than 300 years by pledging a fresh £55bn to tackle the pandemic.On the day that reached a new second-wave peak of 696, the chancellor said that despite borrowing a peacetime record of £394bn this year, he would need to carry on spending in order to protect lives and livelihoods.Sunak said his one-year spending plan for the economy included the biggest sustained increase in infrastructure investment for four decades, and involved more money for housing, railways,...

November 25, 2020
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Stock markets soar as City traders anticipate Joe Biden win

Stock markets soar as City traders anticipate Joe Biden win

Share prices in the City were on course for their amid investor hopes that a Joe Biden victory in the would result in a major new stimulus package.London’s leading stock market index – the 100 – was up more than 100 points in early trading as the gloomy mood of last week faded.The rally in share prices began overnight in the Asia-Pacific region and moved on to Europe where all the major bourses posted gains. The FTSE was up by more than 100 points by mid-morning in London and trading at its highest level in a week.Read moreDespite the imminent start of a new nationwide lockdown in England...

November 3, 2020
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IMF estimates global Covid cost at $28tn in lost output

IMF estimates global Covid cost at $28tn in lost output

The International Monetary Fund has its estimate of the hit to the global economy from Covid-19 this year but warned that the final bill for the pandemic would total $28tn (£21.5tn) in lost output.Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s economic counsellor, described coronavirus as the and said the pandemic would leave deep and enduring scars caused by job losses, weaker investment and children being deprived of education.In its flagship world economic outlook, the IMF said a stronger than expected performance in the second and third quarters meant it believed global output would fall by 4.4% in 2020...

October 13, 2020
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A wounded PM and ailing economy force England to ‘go Swedish’ on Covid

A wounded PM and ailing economy force England to ‘go Swedish’ on Covid

It’s easy to see why the government is reluctant to add to the economic pain with tougher restrictions. Government policy towards Covid-19 has come full circle. For now, at least, England has returned to the Swedish way of dealing with the pandemic. Tough, officially imposed lockdowns are out. Trusting the people to do the sensible thing is back in. Whether this approach will survive the expected surge in hospitalisations from Christmas and New Year revelries remains to be seen. Boris Johnson is the master of the screeching U-turn and with the number of infections hitting new records...

Jan 2
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