ACCESSIBLE IMF DATA ON GLOBAL GROWTH

WEO Infographic  LINK TO IMF WEBSITE AND VIDEO WITH OLIVIER BLANCHARD IMF CHIEF ECONOMIST

Our Focus on Information:

Three elements relate to the contribution we plan to make to  Investor Literacy:

Common Sense : Information : Simple Arithmetic 

 Our key research focus is on reliable information sources.  Identifying the resources, incorporating them in an information framework and monitoring them.

Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

Among Warren Buffett’s wise and apt comments is the warning when the tide goes out  nude bathers will be exposed .

The 2007/8 Global Financial Crisis exposed banks, bankers, commentators, regulators, non bank financial institutions, misguided investors, leveraged speculators, gamblers  and  opportunists. Also not looking their best were supra national institutions including the IMF and World Bank.

Since the crisis the supra nationals have taken steps to improve the quality of their surveillance and  forecasting responsibilities. They have also significantly upgraded the quality of their presentations.

The  January 2015 IMF Infographic above highlights the key considerations that influence growth forecasts and  illustrates  how yesterday’s upside risks, such as a fall in oil prices, will  become today’s downside risk if the oil price  rises instead of falling.

The  IMF websites are now a wealth of exceptionally well presented  information and research  on subjects including national fiscal and central bank monetary policies. This information supports the work I am doing on QE, Money Printing and Helicopter Money. More on this to follow by late next month.

John Katz        Twitter#johnkatzgoldwatcher

 

UK ELECTION AND YOUR INVESTMENTS

Articles, news and expert comment surrounding the general election

Shares, Bonds and the Sterling  Rise after Tory win: City AM

Sectors That Could Benefit Hargreaves Landsdown

The Stocks Set To Prosper : STOCKOPEDIA 

News and Commentary Updates Hargreaves Landsdown

International Investors Rush back Into UK Property Guardian

Cameron’s Hard Work Starts Now Bloomberg View 

Selected Fund Manager’s Opinions

Cameron victory positive for stability but risks with E.U.  Referendum : IHS