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

Britain’s rather expensive recovery — It's a rum state of affairs when Britain is apparently punished for having a strong economy. After all, we've spent the past five or six years telling ourselves that all we desperately need is a bit of growth.

Averting another financial crash starts at home — If there's one thing to be said for last week's market misery, it is that it did at least remind us just how infrequently bad economic news has made the front pages in recent months. A good economy is, from a news editor's point of view, a boring economy; and in recent months Britain has been the one place to bore them all.

(N)ever-increasing rates — Here is a chart, part nicked from the OBR's latest Forecast Evaluation Report and part updated with the latest market projections. Very simply, it shows you how markets' expectations for interest rates have changed rather radically over the past few years.

Global Markets Q&A: What Is Causing The Fall? — Volatile trading has continued into a second day after weak growth reports sparked a big sell-off earlier this week. But what has caused the markets to get jittery? :: What are the main forces behind the global growth problems? Good question.

Q&A: why are markets falling? — Here's a Q&A on the market turmoil we've seen over the past few weeks, which you can also find on the Sky News website. Good question: as ever with global markets there's no straightforward answer, but here are three likely factors: first, the economy in the Eurozone is doing worse than many had expected; so you'd expect share prices, which have raced away in recent months, to come down.

We can cope with failing banks, but global recession is a challenge too far — Ed Conway is Economics Editor of Sky News George Osborne usually likes to round off Washington financial conferences with a day trip to a Civil War battlefield. This past weekend the chosen pastime was a touch less cerebral: he and his team drove down to Philadelphia to see the NFL grudge match between the Eagles and the New York Giants.

The UK is paying the price of its jobs miracle — The recession brought less unemployment than feared but the chancellor is feeling the cost in lower tax receipts How did you spend the last weekend? Believe it or not, George Osborne spent his being feted as a hero. As the International Monetary Fund held its annual meetings in Washington DC, finance minister after finance minister lined up to congratulate the chancellor.

Fears UK Will Be Hit By New Euro Recession — The euro crisis is back. But this time it's different. That's the general gist of the discussions at the International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington this week. For this time around the meetings - a key opportunity for policymakers to catch up on the state of the global economy - have coincided with a fresh bout of fear over the euro area.

Now is not the time to applaud reports of a Greek recovery — A few weeks ago something remarkable happened. Don't worry too much if you didn't notice this important watershed coming and going - no one else seemed to, either - but if you've any interest in the fate of the euro, it was a deeply significant moment. Greece finally has become more efficient than Germany.

Small businesses need more than money to survive and grow — Here are the eight least controversial words in the English language: "We must do more to help small businesses." If you were listening closely, you would have heard these words, or close approximations thereof, in George Osborne's Conservative conference speech on Monday.
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Oct 24, 2014

There is such a thing as an earplug dispenser, apparently

Oct 24, 2014

“I think we were told on Tuesday”. @George_Osborne tells me about the moment he found out about the EU surcharge…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @David_Cameron: I'm angry at the sudden presentation of a €2bn bill to the UK by the EU. It's an appalling way to behave and I won't be paying it on Dec 1st

Oct 24, 2014

Is the UK being penalised by the EU for its economic recovery? A wee blog:…

Oct 24, 2014

Chancellor might have done better to go to a bakery. Bakery and farinaceous products sector grew 5.2% in Q3. Up 29.2% since 2008

Oct 24, 2014

Ironically, given his choice of a car plant for today’s photo-ops/interviews, output from motor vehicle sector dropped 3% in latest quarter

Oct 24, 2014

.@george_osborne tells me he first heard abt EU €2.1bn bill on Tues. It was a decision made by “junior officials” in the “bowels” of the EC

Oct 24, 2014

Chancellor’s problem: strong growth hasn’t meant strong wages. Hence weak tax revenues. Not great when you’ve got EU charges/tax cuts to pay

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