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Christmas quiz

Christmas

Our Christmas Quiz offers an eclectic test of knowledge of economics and business. The answers and a brief explanation of the factors at work are at the end of this note.

1. Much of the modern Christmas was created in the nineteenth century. Match the person to the Christmas innovation.
a) The invention of the Christmas cracker in 1848
b) The first commercial Christmas cards in 1843
c) The Christmas tree’s arrival in the UK in 1800
d) A Christmas Carol, written in 1843

i) Queen Charlotte, the German wife of George III
ii) Sir Henry Cole, prolific Victorian inventor
iii) Tom Smith, a leading confectioner in Victorian England
iv) Charles Dickens

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Posted on 10/12/2018

Running out of workers

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The global recovery since the financial crisis has not been vigorous. But it has been running for 11 years and it has absorbed a lot of workers. Globally a record 3.3 billion people are in work, 14% more than ten years ago.

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Posted on 03/12/2018

Is it time to control capital flows?

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Free market capitalism has faced intense criticism in recent years. Even that most basic tenet of the post-‘70s era, the free movement of capital and floating exchange rates, has its critics. Some on the left believe that a government set on fundamentally reforming capitalism might need to bring in controls to prevent capital leaving the country and a sharp currency devaluation.

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Posted on 16/10/2018

Which are the most and least expensive cities for expats?

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Holidays often prompt ideas of a new life in some idyllic part of the world. But money matters and liveable, pleasant places are often pricey. Exchange rates are obviously key and the ups and downs of foreign exchange markets can deliver odd outcomes (at a village market in Provence yesterday I paid around 50% more for a week’s shopping than I would at a Waitrose in London).

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Posted on 13/08/2018

Deloitte Monday Briefing: Holiday Quiz

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Our summer quiz offers a test of your knowledge of holiday-related trivia through an economics lens. The answers along with a brief explanation are at the end of this note.

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Posted on 06/08/2018

Summer Reading List

Summer
With the holiday season upon us we are launching our summer reading list. All are available free and on-line. You can save these articles on your iPhone or iPad's reading list by opening the links on Safari and tapping on the share icon (the box with an arrow). To print these articles please use the print icons, where available, on the webpages to ensure proper formatting.

 

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Posted on 09/07/2018

Six news stories for Christmas

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Here is our choice selection of the "and finally" news stories from the Monday Briefing in 2017. Credit goes to my colleagues for tracking down these stories and for forging the right pun or quip. The Monday Briefing is taking a break until Monday 8th January. In the meantime the Deloitte economics team - Ian, Debo, Alex, Rebecca and Tom - wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Posted on 18/12/2017

Christmas Quiz 2017

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Our Christmas Quiz offers an eclectic test of knowledge of economics and business. The answers, and a brief explanation of the factors at work, are at the end of this note.

 

  1. Which of the following countries has the most affordable housing market relative to incomes, according to The Economist’s house price affordability index?

 

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Posted on 05/12/2017

Tenth birthday edition

10 years Monday Briefing
The Monday Briefing reached its tenth birthday over the summer. This week’s Briefing offers some thoughts on the lessons we’ve learned and the errors and successes we’ve made along the way.

Perhaps the most obvious lesson is that the economy depends on a stable financial system. In getting this right before the crisis, and emphasising it in the Briefing, I can’t claim great prescience. The devastating effect of the bursting of Japan’s banking and asset bubble in the early 1990s provided me, and others of my generation, with a graphic illustration of the effects of a financial collapse.

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Posted on 24/10/2017

51st thing that made the modern economy

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Invention lies at the heart of industry and economics. The question of what systems best foster innovation and which innovations have the greatest effect on economic welfare have long occupied economists.

Over the last year the author and economist Tim Harford has presented a BBC radio series describing the fifty innovations he believes have ‘made the modern economy’.

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Posted on 18/09/2017