Gun ownership in the US is at its lowest point since record began, according to research from NORC at the University of Chicago.
Their General Social Survey, which NORC has been running since 1972, has found that in 2014 less than a third of Americans owned a firearm or lived with someone who does, compared with about half the population in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Read more
Hosts India squeezed into the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Twenty20 World Cup largely thanks to a sensational innings from their star batsman Virat Kohli, who hit 82 off 51 balls, without losing his wicket, to take India past Australia and eliminate their opponents in the process.
In doing so he scored more than half of all India’s runs for the match — having almost managed the same two games earlier, scoring 46 per cent of the team’s total in another crucial win, this time against Pakistan. Read more
Pollsters should be more transparent about their methodology and more quizzical about people’s intention to vote, a wide-ranging review of last year’s election polling disaster has recommended – as well as suggesting that Britain needs fewer, but better, political polls.
Polling companies were left embarrassed last year by the surprise Conservative election win, which none of them had accurately predicted. Polls showed Labour and the Conservatives neck and neck in the run-up to the vote last May, but on the night the Tories won an outright majority with a lead of 7 percentage points in the popular vote. Read more
Experts pinpoint why online polls and those made by phone show wide discrepancy Read more
The market is unconvinced about the Federal Reserve’s interest rate projections released this month. At the end of 2018 policymakers see the Fed funds rate at 3 per cent, though the market sees it at 1.1 per cent
England’s Premier League is enjoying one of its most competitive seasons for years, but at the same time the league is without a club in Europe’s top 10 for the first time in 20 years.
The interplay between competitive balance and outright quality of football is a complex one, and depending on who you talk to, different levels of importance are placed on each when it comes to talk of which league is the best. Read more
If the UK were to leave the European Union, it will mean that it will also be outside the Capital Markets Union (CMU), when completed. The CMU is a set of measures designed to clear obstacles between companies and potential investors. The idea – in the words of the European Commission that created it – is “to mobilise capital and channel it to all companies, including SMEs, and infrastructure projects that need it to expand and create jobs”.
The EU economy is slightly bigger than that of the US, but its capital market is very different. Its equity market is about half the size of that of the US and its securitisation market is less than a quarter of the US. Read more
The value of initial public offerings (IPO) in the EU reached an eight-year high in 2015- at more than €50bn. On average, the UK accounted for about half of the value of European IPOs in the past decade, but less than one-third last year.
Over 71 per cent of non-EU citizens in Belgium are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, against 18 per cent of Belgian citizens- the largest gap in Europe. Non-Eu citizens in Belgium are worse off than in any other EU state apart from Greece.
The value of cross border merger and acquisition deals in Italy reached a new high in 2015 at over $50bn. Italian companies were the most targeted by foreign acquisitions in the European Union after the UK, along with France. Read more
The US’s new policy on Cuba will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the island’s external commercial relations and economy.
In recent years Cuba reformed its foreign investment law and opened a Chinese-style ‘special economic zone’ with the aim of attracting more foreign direct investment. Read more
Almost half of UK teachers think that turning schools into more autonomous ‘academies’ will make educational standards worse and only 17 per cent believe they will improve. This contrasts with the public, where opinion is split
The time is just right for relations between the US and Cuba to defrost and a series of numbers prove that.
Firstly, for a while now, the majority of the US population has been favourable to renewing ties with its Caribbean neighbour. Read more
Donald Trump has 673 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Betfair puts his chances of sealing the nomination at more than 70 per cent but his odds of winning the presidency are only 18 per cent
In line with a return to strong economic growth, Ireland’s stock market has been one of the best performing over the past year, beating the major stock indices of the UK, Europe and the US
Wednesday March 16: the UK Budget in 4 charts
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Estimates show oil production from hydraulically fractured wells rose to half of US crude output last year, though the technique has been in use for 6 decades. ‘Fracking’ has allowed the US to lift output faster than at any time in its history. Read more
Wealth disparities within EU countries were narrowing prior to the 2008 crisis, but since then the poorer regions have stopped catching up with the wealthiest ones.
“European countries converge at national level, but at the cost of a rising divergence within the countries” explain Joaquim Oliveira Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division in an interview with the FT. Read more
March 15: the day in 4 charts
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