Economics Editor of Sky News, columnist at The Times. More about The Summit here:

We don’t need cash. Let’s abolish it outright — Facing negative interest rates, people are stockpiling money in warehouses. Better that we take a more radical approach I hate to pry, but how much cash have you got on you right now? If the Bank of England is to be believed, the answer is about £1,000.

How the poorest got hit hardest by coalition policies — The post-Budget briefing at the Institute for Fiscal Studies is one of those rites of passage for economics reporters. 24 hours on from the Budget itself, the reporting press (and much of the economic intelligentsia) crushes into a small underground briefing room near Goodge Street and attempts to retain concentrate as the country's most highly-regarded boffins explain what really went on in the Budget.

Budget 2015 in charts — Few Budgets are more political than a pre-election one - but there is still a fair bit of economics underneath the surface. So let's ignore the verbiage and have a look at the story of the Budget told through some of the charts in the documentation released today by the Treasury and Office for Budget Responsibility.

Substance vs spin - how the Chancellors compare — In my Times column this morning [£], I mentioned a little bit of research I've put together analysing the proliferation of non-measures in Chancellors' Budgets over recent years. I wrote: There is a rule of thumb in fiscal policy that says any tax or spending measure which costs or brings in less than £500 million a year is pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

Osborne & Little economic growth — Had things worked out differently, George Osborne might have been running the family business these days, selling Osborne & Little wallpaper to fit the homes of the well-to-do around the country. Instead, he is mid-way through another renovation job, attempting to turn the UK economy from a financial crisis damage case into a world beater.

The chancellor of piddling, pint-size policies — George Osborne has steered the economy well, but his torrent of trifling measures outdoes even Gordon Brown Over the past half-century, which Chancellor would you say has the worst record for inserting tiny, pettifogging measures into his budgets? Is it Gordon Brown, the famous meddling chancellor, derided on both sides of the house for his "micro-measures"?

China’s economy heads for a bumpy landing — Beijing's record-breaking growth this century is slowing down - with ominous consequences for the communist party Kaisa might well be the most interesting company you've never heard of. No, the name may not ring any bells, but if you've glanced at a photo of a modern-day Chinese cityscape you've probably seen some of its wares.

IMF crisis echoes — The economy in crisis. Capital markets in revolt. Half of all under-25 year olds out of work. A left-wing government in office, with Marxist ministers determined to re-nationalise every major industry. And a deeply unpopular bailout from the International Monetary Fund. No, I'm not talking about Greece today, but Britain in 1976.

What if we had to take the Greek medicine? — The troika prescribing Greece a bitter economic cure might have some radical treatments for Britain's public finances Strange as this might sound to the average Greek, bailouts sometimes have happy endings. Look no further than the last major developed country to receive help from the International Monetary Fund: the United Kingdom.

The thin line between victory and defeat — The clue came right at the start of Yanis Varoufakis' press conference. Up until last night's bailout extension deal, the Greek finance minister spent most of his international media appearances addressing an international audience - speaking fluent, verbose English, taking questions from outlets from around the world.
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Mar 24, 2015

RT @rohan__silva: "We don't need cash - let's abolish it." Brilliantly provocative (and rational) column by @EdConwaySky.…

Mar 21, 2015

RT @nytimesbooks: In 1944, while war raged on, a raucous three-week summit overhauled the international monetary system:

Mar 21, 2015

RT @alexstubb: .@FitchRatings affrims Finland's AAA-rating, but revises outlook from "stable" to "negative". We need structural reform.

Mar 20, 2015

RT @ONS: £81.8bn public sector net borrowing (PSNB ex) Apr 2014-Feb 2015, down £8.8bn on year previously

Mar 19, 2015

@johnpmcdermott you wouldn't say that if I told you we had a gunge tank for them...

Mar 19, 2015

TUNE IN RT @SkyNews: On Monday you'll be able to #AskTheChancellors: George Osborne/Ed Balls take your questions live

Mar 19, 2015

Fitch not swayed by UK Budget: "An upgrade to 'AAA' is unlikely without a lower and steadily declining government debt ratio"

Mar 19, 2015

Now we know definitively: the coalition’s policies in its first term in office hit the poorest hardest. Blog:…

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