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Portugal Economic Recovery Still on Track

There is a feeling that the economic prospects for Portugal are at last showing some sign of recovery.    This month (May 2014) the bailout organised by the international community and the IMF is nearing it’s end.  The last review of the bailout was perhaps the first one with a slightly optimistic short term outlook.


The IMF though did stress that there should be no let up on the economic reforms, the growth of debt is still concerning and without these reforms could easily spiral out of control very quickly.  Unemployment is probably the most worrying aspect of the recovery, it is obviously the one with the highest social cost.  At over 15% it is still among the highest in Europe and like other countries the worse affected sector are the countries young people.  However economic activity is improving all the time so it is hoped that this will filter through to the employment figures very shortly.

The reduction of GDP budget deficit is of course the core goal of the IMF bailout targets, Portugal has so far achieved or in some instances beaten it’s agreed levels.  Although the official bailout is finished this month, there will be a continuation of some payments whilst the deficit is still being tackled.

Furthermore the country has the option to request a standby loan, mainly to support the substantial shortfall that is still in existence for the 2015 economic year.  Access to the financial markets is still limited and until Portugal has full access to the credit markets then it is likely it still will need some financial assistance to stay in the Euro and maintain it’s austerity programme.

The full economic figures and economic indicators can be obtained from a variety of financial data sites.  If you want background stories and information on the European economies then check out the financial pages of the BBC website, all data should be available but you may need to use a VPN to access some of the transmitted broadcasts – here’s a guide.

James Goldwing writes on several technology and economic websites and blogs.


iPad and the Economics of the World

It was a huge deal when these were attempting to sell 1 million a month during those times. Now we understand that was a poor start.

Since its launch, Apple has offered nearly 200 million I pads. Apple continues to be losing market-share, really, but nevertheless has the majority of the tablet PC sector’s earnings. A superb summary of the landmarks of iPad history is found at the the app store website. The writer describes how a iPad clarifies how it motivated his mom to use both the web and a computer, and enlarged the audience for accessibility and on-line media.


Another post is from 2010, the CBS Information report of the launch. An analyzer from Wired is quoted as stating “it will make the computer vanish.” Fundamentally, the report expresses the thought the iPad becomes a television set, a mag, a paper, a-game, a publication, and virtually other things that can be achieved with a data-stream.  If you combine with an VPN client, which are available from a wide variety of services like this

There was incredulity in 2010, that this is simply another gadget. The theory was adopted by some print companies. They launched the notion of reactive design for electronic content as an important tool because of their customer’s media installation strategy. Now all produced content has to take care of the extensive variety of communications and imaging all through media formats, from movie to packaging to signage.

Tablet PC aren’t going away, they are becoming better. The tendencies of cloud-computing, more affordable and quicker broadband, and expanding reliance on movie, future tablet PC, and smart mobile, increase is supported by all. Have you been participating? Is the company an important partner for making communications operate in as many formats as there is potential?

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The Masters of Money – John Maynard Keynes

This fascinating programme the ’Masters of Money’ has been developed jointly between the Open University and the BBC.  At the heart of the programme lies the question of how Keynes would have dealt with today’s economic problems.  He was apparently a stunning intellect and unfortunately for us it is not likely he would repeat some prescriptive formula based on his previous remedy of bringing the economy out of depression in the 1930s.

Of course we still hear disciples of Keynes urging us to spend our way out of the crisis and push investment based on Government spending.  However there is almost no doubt the great man himself would have suggested anything so simple as a solution.

The problem is that our difficulties now are very different from the economic woes of yesteryear. He would certainly have recognised the vast differences and realised that any solution would have to be based on the actual situation.  Our situation is based on a conjuction of several problems. From the Euro crisis flawed in it’s very design to the the rapid switch of economic power from the west to the developing east and south.  Combined with these  a fundamental problem that our economy is based on a debt financed capitalism model that basically didn’t work.

Old fashioned Keynesian economics is ill-placed to deal with these complexities and it is almost certain JM Keynes would have realised this.  It may be that our solution will only come when we begin to accept that perpetual growth in our economies is perhaps impossible to achieve.

Whatever the solution, Keynes certainly has much to teach us and I recommend the show Masters of Money to you without reservation – Masters of Money, it’s well presented by the Beeb’s Economic Correspondent Stephanie Flanders.  It’s up on Iplayer for a few weeks so catch it soon – if you are outside the United Kingdom and have trouble watching, this post should help – http://www.onlineanonymity.org/uk-tv/how-to-watch-uk-tv-in-usa/.  It demonstrates how to use a proxy to watch these shows wherever you are based, watch the video half way down for a simple example.

If you access via an iPad then this post is also useful.

Economic crisis and the success of the iPad

Although the launch of the iPad into the market has led to the significant growth of companies such as Apple.com, small businesses are suffering greatly because of the Global Economic crisis. The iPad offers people more value or utility for their money and for this reason, they prefer to buy it instead of mobiles, clothes, and food.

The iPad is the best-selling, most admired and valued because it offers its users more than what they pay for it, a free stylus that has Tablet PC, a free toner refill that has a Laser Printer and more importantly, free training for those who buy it. However, in order to benefit from all these, it is advisable for its users to find good sources that add value such as new companies that offer free Stylus with it in order to promote it. If you don’t have enough money, you can also choose to get a loan to buy your very own iPad or iPhone.

Although all products have their own accessories and applications, the iPad provides more productivity as compared to them since it has exceptional accessories and applications that are largely responsible for triggering its high sales.
Most small businesses usually turn away their loyal customers by offering standard product lines but fortunately, the iPad, which offers new and innovative product lines, is a major attraction for millions of people across the world because they offer new products each year.