22 articles for "Global trends"

04 July 2013

How high will gilt yields go?

By John Hawksworth, Chief Economist No-one is expecting an immediate change in short term interest rates following Mark Carney’s first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting today, but the market is already focusing on the longer term picture. As signalled by recent rises in US and UK government bond yields, investors...

10 June 2013

Global consumer spending losing momentum

By Yong Jing Teow and Richard Snook Since last October, we have been publishing a Global Consumer Index (GCI) which aims to provide an early steer on consumer spending and growth prospects in the world’s 20 largest economies. The GCI uses a range of data to calculate two measures of...

02 April 2013

Rumours of the demise of technological growth are greatly exaggerated

By Esmond Birnie, Chief Economist in Northern Ireland In the UK and in some other European economies we have a productivity puzzle. Since the onset of 2007-8 banking crisis, levels of GDP per worker appear to have slumped. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics ,...

08 March 2013

Women in work – UK slides down PwC rankings

By Yong Jing Teow and John Hawksworth To mark International Women’s Day (8th March) new PwC research reveals women in the UK are less likely to be in full-time work and experience greater pay inequality than their counterparts in other developed countries. Our new PwC Women in Work Index shows...

05 March 2013

Africa is taking over the “7% growth club”

By Himani Gupta[1] Africa is on the up. It presents international businesses with immediate growth opportunities, particularly in the infrastructure sector. In the latest issue of our Global Economy Watch, we have taken a closer look at the prospects for Africa. Most African economies have shown resilience following the financial...

14 February 2013

Shale oil – the next big thing?

By John Hawksworth, Chief Economist, and Adam Lyons, Oil and Gas Director Shale oil is rapidly emerging as a significant and relatively low cost new unconventional resource in the US. And it has the potential to spread globally over the next couple of decades. If this happens, it could revolutionise...

12 February 2013

Demystifying the future – our predictions for the year ahead, and beyond!

By David Lancefield, Economics and Policy Partner and Yih Lin Teh Follow @DLancefield "If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me," so said William Shakespeare. Whether we can or not, we’ve come up with our...

23 January 2013

Will Small Data be the new Big Data?

By Tom Robinson, David Lancefield and Carlo Gagliardi Follow @DLancefield Data is a vital resource in the new digital economy. But at present, the private sector is a largely closed data environment. A consumer’s personal data (their ‘small data’) is either stored offline, separated into digital silos or managed by...

16 January 2013

Asia rising - the world in 2050

By John Hawksworth, Chief Economist, and Danny Chan, Economist We have just produced the latest in our series of reports looking ahead to the World in 2050. So what are the key trends we expect to see by the middle of the century? Three things stand out. First, we expect...

07 January 2013

Regulators of the future – is it time for more collaboration?

By David Lancefield, Economics and Policy Partner In the wake of the Autumn Statement, regulators were hardly the centre of attention. But delve a little deeper and you’ll see some important signals the Government has sent to regulators, and to those investing in the regulated sectors. Effective regulation is an...