What is GDP?
Perhaps the most talked about economic concept. But what is it and how do we measure it?
How does the housing market affect the economy?
House prices affect how much money people spend. They have tripled since the late 1970s.
What are financial markets and why are they important?
Financial markets bring people together so money flows to where it is needed most.
What is financial stability?
A stable financial system is one that can provide crucial services to households and businesses in good times and bad.
What is quantitative easing?
Quantitative easing is a tool that central banks, like us, can use to inject money directly into the economy.
Will there be another financial crisis?
Two things we can be sure of when it comes to financial crises: there will be another and it won’t be the same as the last.
Build your knowledge about economic growth
How has growth changed over time?
Historians have found that until the Industrial Revolution, global living standards were essentially flat.
How fast can the economy grow?
While we often think of economic growth as good news, it can also happen too rapidly.
Build your knowledge about financial markets and the financial crisis
Are financial crises like fires?
One way to understand the financial turmoil during the 2007-8 crisis is to look at the way the Great Fire of London spread from home to home in 1666.
Is the global financial system any safer than before?
There is more work to be done, but the global financial system is safe, simpler and fairer today than it was a decade ago.
Keeping banks safe: how much capital is ‘enough’?
A strong economy needs a safe banking sector. This means banks need to have enough capital.
Why do banks need shock absorbers?
Banks need to have shock absorbers to cover losses. This is why banks hold ‘capital’– to absorb shocks.
Build your knowledge about climate change and the economy
The race is on: growing economy, shrinking resources
Find out more about the connection between economic growth and demands on the world’s natural resources.
Climate change: what are the risks to financial stability?
Climate change poses risks for the stability of the financial system, particularly for the insurance and banking sectors.