Market Spice: Week of February 24th, 2020

Global markets suffered dramatically over the course of the week as traders assessed the potential damage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. On Thursday, a spokesperson from the International Monetary Fund warned that it was likely to downgrade its forecasts from global growth.

The How-to Guide on Eliminating Education Disparity in the UK

By Jurin Katayama Income inequality is the biggest challenge that the UK’s education sector faces today. From law, politics, medicine and journalism, 39% of the top positions in these fields are dominated by the 7% of the total British population that has been lucky enough to afford and receive private education. Upper-class parents are more…

One Euro Italian Properties: Do Villages Benefit?

By Charlie Whiteley Every month or so, another story of an Italian offering one-euro homes pops up on Facebook. Usually, the story is met with excitement, and shows comments such as, “[Friend’s name] we should buy this!” or “There’s no way this is real!”. Outside of the occasional news story, not much is known about the scheme. For those who buy these houses, is…

Market Spice: Week of February 17th

Market Spice: Week of February 17th, 2020  By Delany Higgins Asia  Chinese Communist Party leaders focused on business disruptions, noting that priority would be given to businesses with a high degree of integration into international supply chains. CCP officials spoke optimistically about the resumption of business in major export areas such as Guangdong and Jiangsu. …

How to Strangle a Student Town’s Economy—The St Andrews Housing Market

By Ryan Morrice There are few institutions better for a small town’s economy than a centuries-old world-renowned university. Businesses can expand over time, but they can also go bust. People can migrate to a town, boosting demand for local goods and services, but they can also leave, causing a slow irreversible decline. A university, on…

Market Spice: Week of February 10th

Week of February 10th, 2020  Delany Higgins Asia  In China, the CSI 300 and Shanghai Composite Indexes rose moderately, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed slightly down.  Due to new measurement techniques, China announced over 14,800 additional cases of COVID-19, though the rate of spread appeared to be decreasing.  China-U.S. relations faltered again after last week’s…

Valentine’s Day Special: Evaluating the Global Chocolate Shortage

By Jurin Katayama ‘Twas the day of Valentines, when all through St Andrews Chocolates were given, to show that they were true. Articles were flooded in all social media accounts, With click-bait titles blaring “Chocolate shortage!” to get the view counts. The culture of buying chocolates to illustrate love on an annual basis has caused…

Coronavirus’s Most Critical Patient

The brunt of the reaction has focused on the epicentre of the outbreak: the city of Wuhan, in Hubei province, though it has also extended to other areas in mainland China. If similar measures to those taken in Hubei were taken in Hong Kong, however, it could quickly spell a death-sentence for the pro-democracy movement.