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Fiscal policy

Which emergency COVD-19 initiatives have been implemented by national governments around the world and what are their impacts?

Don't miss out on our daily summary of the actions governments are taking to combat the impact of the virus on their populations and the global economy. We also produce daily summaries of the actions that regulators are taking and how global business and markets are recovering from the pandemic.

Chart of the week: Australia Budget 2021-22


This week's chart explores how despite a negative fiscal balance of A$103bn, the Australian federal budget has weathered the pandemic relatively well compared with many other major economies.

Chart of the week: The debt of G7 nations


This week’s chart looks at how the pandemic has driven government debt levels higher, a topic that will be on the agenda at the G7 summit in Cornwall in six weeks’ time.

Chart of the week: Canada Budget 2021


This week’s chart explores Canada’s newly minted Budget 2021, which saw its federal government lay out “a recovery plan for jobs, growth and resilience”.

Budget 2021: bring businesses back from the rates cliff edge


1 March 2021: Extending the business rates holiday for struggling companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors should be a key announcement in next week’s Budget speech, a poll of chartered accountants has found.

Chart of the week: Global demographics


15 January 2021: This week’s chart is on demographics, highlighting the major differences in the age structure of populations between continents and the different challenges this presents for managing public finances.

Chart of the week: Government bond yields


11 December 2020: Ultra-low or negative yields provide governments with an opportunity to borrow extremely cheaply, but what will happen if and when interest rates rise?

Chart of the week: Spending Review 2020


27 November 2020: In the wake of the government’s Spending Review, this week’s chart focuses on the bigger picture and looks at the scale of public spending in relation to the size of the overall economy.

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