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December 18, 2020
Trade wars, ultra-accommodative monetary policy and the unprecedented economic fallout from Covid-19 were key drivers behind the rise in gold prices in 2020. Next year, despite lingering uncertainty a number of push and pull factors should keep gold prices relatively stable throughout 2021.
November 26, 2020
In recent months, Israel has normalized relations with the Arab countries of Bahrain, Sudan and the UAE. To discuss the economic impact of the moves and the possibility of further deals ahead, we spoke to Keren Uziyel, a senior analyst at the EIU.
November 3, 2020
In early September, authorities tabled the 2021 draft budget for Costa Rica, amid high uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 budget bill included an increase in the fiscal deficit to 9.9% of GDP from 9.3% this year. To delve deeper into the budget and its implications for the economy, we spoke to Abelardo Medina, head of Icefi’s macro-fiscal analysis department.
October 15, 2020
The fiscal policy response to the Covid-19 health crisis has been starkly different in Latin America’s two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico. While the Bolsonaro administration opened the taps for increased emergency spending to support employment and activity, López Obrador’s government adopted a more modest countercyclical fiscal policy, keeping a tight grip on its purse strings. To discuss in more detail the differences between these two countries’ policy responses, the implications for their respective recoveries and the economic outlook, we spoke to Marco Oviedo, head of economics research for Latin America and chief economist for Mexico, and Roberto W. Secemski, Brazil economist at Barclays.
October 8, 2020
Economics influencers such as academics, journalists, industry professionals and even central bankers frequently take to Twitter to share their daily thoughts on all things economics, finance, monetary policy and politics in concise yet informative 280-character Tweets. With the success of our Top Economics and Finance Bloggers lists and the fact that not all economics inflencers have blogs, we put together a list of top 79 economics influencers that you can follow on Twitter. Nominees came from our team of at FocusEconomics and we have ranked this list by number of followers. This list can be thought of as a living document: We will edit the list from time to time to keep it up-to-date and suggest more influencers for you to follow. Our latest update saw a number of new influencers added to the list, which you will see marked with an *. With that said, let's get to the list of 79 top economics influencers:
October 2, 2020
The pandemic has resurfaced the need for discussion of evolving development models in the small post-socialist economies.
By Guest Authors: Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan and Kuba Dziedzicki
July 7, 2020
Covid-19 is presenting the Euro area with arguably the greatest challenge since its foundation. The virus has pummeled economic activity across the bloc and laid bare the stark disparities between member states. In a bid to reboot the economy, the European Commission has proposed a EUR 750 billion recovery fund. To discuss the fund, and the outlook for the Euro area more broadly, we spoke to Simon Wells, HSBC’s chief European economist.
June 23, 2020
The South African economy is currently in a deep downturn, with Covid-19 compounding an already-weak underlying economic picture. To discuss in more detail the state of the economy, the key challenges facing the government and the economic outlook, we spoke to Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec.
June 18, 2020
The coronavirus has led to lockdowns around the world. In this article, we examine how lockdowns are affecting remittances to Central America and the Caribbean, and the outlook for remittances going forward.
May 27, 2020
Like the rest of the world, India is grappling with the indiscriminatory spread of Covid-19. Consequently, since 25 March, the government has imposed a strict national lockdown on India’s population of over 1.3 billion people. These measures, coupled with the global economic downturn, are putting severe strain on the economy, just as the clock ticks towards the first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term in office on 30 May. To dig deeper, we interviewed Kunal Kumar Kundu, India economist at Société Générale.
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