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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The New Global Economics

On Monday 14th November, one of a two part programme will be on at 8:00pm about the future of the global economy. The show will be broadcast by Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator of the FT, where he'll discuss the short and long run effects and how things will be changing in the world.

Please do listen to it, if you can't then listen on iplayer when convenient for you, because this programme will give you valuable analysis that you can use in your exam and possible case studies...etc. To find out more about the programme, click here.

The Credit Crunch

For those of you who are unsure what the 'credit crunch' is, and how it started, watch this simplified, but concise video that explains it.

To summarise, occurring in 2008, the credit crunch was the result of over lending to people who are high risk and thus the inability of debtors to pay back their loans. In a simplified version, banks make money through a process called credit creation, lending more than is initially deposited. They know that people will deposit money back into the bank that they borrowed from and so can afford to lend more than they have (given a low liquidity ratio: the proportion of their assets - savers' money - that they keep).