How bad is this recession?
Britain’s people have spent two decades-worth of effort/cash/credit buying and selling over-priced housing to each other. We’re exhausted.
It’s the long-term choke on the supply of housing, with its resulting inflation, compensated by excessive lending that has really trashed the money supply.
They talk about “fixing structural issues” by re-capitalising banks who invested in bad mortgages, but the underlying structural problem in the UK is the weak supply of property.
Just my opinion.Posted 8 years ago
konabunny, it doesn’t cover the gap though, http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?ID=199Posted 8 years ago
Hmm – but otoh, the volume of GBP’s that actually bought and sold to pay for imports/exports is tiny compared to the amount that’s traded speculatively, so what we’re talking about maybe irrelevant to currency strength.
Also, just a question that’s semi-related, how does GBP bought to trade in bonds affect GBP rates (because that’s not goods or services)?Posted 8 years ago
Konabunny, it may not impact on the strength of the currency, i don’t know. My point is simply if the GBP is worth less but the price remains the same in the manufacturers currency you can get less of something for your GBP and the shop price has to rise. As we import most goods, it means things will cost more, ie inflation.Posted 8 years ago
Possibly, but not necessarily. It might be that the exporter sucks up the lower profit margin (because, for instance, no-one else in the world is buying their stuff), or that the retailer/manufacturer does etc etc. Also, a weak pound is great news for exporters (except of course if they use a lot of imports in their exports IYSWIM).
I’m actually not really disagreeing with you here and take your point. I suppose I am really just saying that in economics (as a academic observation), it’s practically impossible to come up with any rules/laws that always work so that you can predict ahead of time what’s going to happen.Posted 8 years agoportercloughMember
Prices are already going up because of the weak pound, have a look at car prices for example. Everyone seemed surprised that CPI remained high whilst they were panicing about negative RPI. I think the low RPI figure will work itself out after a while (variable rate mortgages are as low as they are going to go) and the underlying real inflation is going to go up, if anything.Posted 8 years ago
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