September 4, 2008 in Economy

The R word

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The general rule of thumb is that a recession occurs when real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is negative for two or more consecutive quarters And based on forecasts by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Britain will be the only major economy that falls into recession this year.
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Apparently the near collapse of the housing market is to blame for the demise of the UK economy which is why the Labour government announced a rescue package earlier this week. Most pundits have panned the package and a few even go so far as to say that it will cause further harm to the economy.
Personally, I think the government needs to step back and let the market correct itself. Yeah, it will be painful. But having the government butt in with a half measured response that benefits only a few, is definitely not the way to go.

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