Tag Archives: The Economist

Analysis: Higher Inflation – Is It Cause For Concern?

Inflation rates have been rising all over the world, surprising many economists. While the rich world is paying higher prices for durable goods such as cars, in emerging markets soaring food prices are a greater worry.

What is causing this unexpected bout of inflation, and will it last?

Video timeline: 00:00 – What’s happening with inflation? 00:53 – What is inflation? 01:42 – Inflation rates are rising 02:47 – How much is too much inflation? 03:13 – Inflation in the rich world 05:19 – Inflation in emerging markets 06:04 – How to curb inflation 07:27 – Why you shouldn’t worry Find The Economist’s briefing on inflation: https://econ.st/3ofFxtJ

Analysis: The Future Of Germany Is In Its Cars

As the election approaches, Germany’s carmakers will face the same challenges as its new leaders: a need to innovate, tackle climate change and reassess its trade relationship with China. How this world-renowned motor industry navigates the road ahead could tell a lot about Germany’s future.

Video timeline: 00:00‌ ‌-‌ ‌Germany‌ ‌faces‌ ‌numerous‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌ 00:49‌ ‌-‌ ‌Can‌ ‌Germany’s‌ ‌cars‌ ‌reveal‌ ‌its‌ ‌future?‌ ‌(or‌ ‌whatever‌ ‌the‌ ‌title‌ ‌is)‌ ‌ 02:13‌ ‌-‌ ‌Is‌ ‌Germany‌ ‌too‌ ‌reliant‌ ‌on‌ ‌trade‌ ‌with‌ ‌China?‌ ‌ 03:46‌ ‌-‌ ‌Germany’s‌ ‌reluctance‌ ‌to‌ ‌digitalise‌ ‌ 05:09‌ ‌-‌ ‌The‌ ‌race‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌electric‌ ‌ ‌ 06:41‌ ‌-‌ ‌The‌ ‌future‌ ‌of‌ ‌electric‌ ‌cars‌ ‌ ‌ 08:17‌ ‌-‌ ‌What’s‌ ‌in‌ ‌store‌ ‌for‌ ‌Germany’s‌ ‌new‌ ‌leader?‌ ‌

Analysis: Decentralized Finance, Reducing Child Poverty, The Word ‘Like’

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, the dream and danger of decentralised finance, how America is substantially reducing child poverty (10:02) and a defence of, like, “like” (18:57) 

Reviews: Global Jihad, Fundamental Physics, Britain’s Pheasant Revolt

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, after Afghanistan, where next for global jihad?, Why Fundamental physics is humanity’s most extraordinary achievement (9:33) And pheasants revolt in Britain (14:51)

Analysis: Is Hydrogen The Fuel Of The Future?

It’s been hailed as fuel of the future. Hydrogen is clean, flexible and energy efficient. But in practice there are huge hurdles to overcome before widespread adoption can be achieved.

Video timeline: 00:00 How hydrogen fuel is generated. 02:04 How hydrogen fuel could be used. 02:46 Why hydrogen fuel hasn’t taken off in the past. 03:40 Is hydrogen fuel safe? 04:31 Hydrogen’s advantage over batteries. 05:00 How sustainable is hydrogen fuel? 06:13 Why the hype about hydrogen may be different this time.

Political Analysis: China’s Attack On Tech, America Functions, German Voting

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: China’s attack on tech, function in Washington (10:09), and our prediction model for Germany’s election (17:15) 

Morning News: Vaccine Mandates, Auto Chips, Mumbai Snake Plague

Inoculation or testing requirements are spreading nearly as fast as the Delta variant. But it is not clear they will actually drive more people to get vaccinated. 

A broad semiconductor shortage has hit plenty of industries; we examine supply-chain subtleties that have made it particularly bad for carmakers. And why Mumbai is suffering from a plague of snakes.

Analysis: Open-Source Intelligence, Stablecoins, Predicting New Viruses

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, open-source intelligence comes of age, why regulators should treat stablecoins like banks (10:50) and how predicting viral evolution may let vaccines be prepared in advance (17:00).