The Economist

  • The relevance of economics on international trade and ports?

    2021-03-01T09:00:00+00:00

    COMMENT: Harping on a familiar subject, we really do need to ask ourselves what relevance economics has on international trade? writes Ben Hackett.

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    WHEN WILL THE ROLLERCOASTER RIDE END?

    2020-12-18T12:00:00+00:00

    COMMENT: The sharpest decline in economic activity in Q2 worldwide was followed by spectacular growth in Q3, but Q4 looks like a bust, writes Ben Hackett.

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    THE ECONOMIST’S FOG

    2020-11-12T14:01:00+00:00

    COMMENT: The life of an economist is currently about as satisfying as a that of a scientist trying to understand COVID-19, writes Ben Hackett.

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    NEW NORMAL IS AS CLEAR AS MUD

    2020-10-14T11:53:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Container carriers appear to have found the “yellow brick road” to recovery this year with strict capacity management, while the rest of the industry is in the doldrums, writes Ben Hackett.

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    BUDGET PLANNING DURING A PANDEMIC

    2020-09-17T15:42:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Planning for a 12-18 month period has been difficult during the past few years as globalisation has come under pressure and the Trumpian trade wars with friends and foe alike are creating enormous uncertainties, writes Ben Hackett.

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    REALITY OR JUST A FALSE SENSE OF HOPE?

    2020-07-24T18:18:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The maritime industry has been a bastion of hope over many decades even when supply and demand disparity grew, and excessive capacity was built both in the vessel and port terminal sectors, writes Ben Hackett.

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    GLOBAL ORDER IN DISTRESS

    2020-06-19T22:08:00+01:00

    COMMENT: The knowledge that the coronavirus is highly contagious and that it can be deadly is certain and the impact on the global economy has been dramatic in its success in bringing it to a virtual standstill. What is less clear is what to do next after the shutdown, ...

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    PORTS FACE KEY STRATEGY CHOICES

    2020-05-22T02:17:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Ports are facing a decline in trade and strategy choices in dealing with the coronavirus, writes Ben Hackett.

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    CORONA DEPRESSION – SHORT OR LONG?

    2020-05-05T10:02:00+01:00

    COMMENT: Four months after the advent of the coronavirus, leading to COVID-19 and the world is being plunged headfirst into a rapid and steep recession, writes Ben Hackett.