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Unemployment

UK unemployment falls to a 43 year low.

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Interest rates

Bank of England raises base rate to 0.75%.

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Model agencies collude to fix rates

Regulators find leading model agencies guilty of price fixing.

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A Level economics

2018 Edition available now.

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Asset purchase facility (APF)

The Bank's asset purchase scheme, commonly referred to as QE, started in 2009 and came to an end in its current form in 2016 - total asset purchases by 2016 had risen to £435bn.

The TFS and CBPS Schemes

On 4 August 2016,  Term Funding Scheme (TFS) was introduced to provide additional funding to banks at rates close to Bank Rate. A new Corporate Bond Purchase Scheme (CBPS) was also set up to purchase private sector assets.

The CBPS may buy up to £10 bn worth of  bonds of firms making a 'material contribution' to the UK economy, subject to risk assessment. The target for purchases of UK government bonds, financed by central bank reserves, was increased by £60 billion to £435 billion.


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US threatens new tariffs

Tensions raised as tit-for-tat trade dispute escalates.

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Customs unions

Costs and benefits of customs unions.

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New materials

Multiple choice papers for Paper Three.

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Alternative finance

Report on the growth of alternative finance.

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Savings ratio

Savings ratio falls to lowest level on record.

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Tax avoidance

Double Irish - and a Dutch Sandwich more..

The OECD presents its final package for reform of international tax rules..more


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