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Are we Right to be optimistic about the UK Economy?

Is the glass half full or half empty? It’s one of the oldest questions (and clichés) there is. But right now you could be forgiven for thinking that as far as the UK economy goes the glass is not just half full, it’s completely full.  The last few weeks have brought us a steady stream

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Will Biden’s stimulus package work?

When Joe Biden was inaugurated as President back in January there was much talk of his proposed stimulus package for the US economy. The figure generally talked about was $1.9tn (£1.36tn), an eye-watering sum of money. To give you a comparison, the National Audit Office in the UK is currently saying that the Government has

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Is cash too safe?

One of the great themes of the past 15 months has been accidental savings: the amount people in the UK have “saved” by the simple expedient of not being able to go out and spend.  “Thrifty Brits stash the cash in lockdown” has been a typical headline, quickly followed by an estimate of how much

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Is the UK’s Future in the Far East?

In April it was announced that the UK and Australia had agreed the “vast majority” of a trade deal. Although talks between International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and her Australian counterpart broke up without a deal, both countries were “confident that the remaining issues will be resolved.” The final deal is expected to be completed

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Who will Pay the Bill for Covid-19?

Government borrowing is at its highest level since the Second World War. According to the Office for National Statistics it reached £303.1bn in the year to March – nearly £250bn higher than in the previous year. Borrowing in March was £28bn – the latest month to set an unwelcome record. Borrowing in the year to

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June Market Commentary

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Introduction  In some ways, May was a relatively quiet month. Although, it did bring us the marriage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first PM to marry in office since Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, in 1822.  Having eaten a slice of wedding cake and gone straight back to the office, Boris Johnson will

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What to do about the ‘bulls’ and the ‘bears’

You have likely heard the terms ‘bull market’ and ‘bear market.’ A bull market is one where stock markets are rising and investors are feeling confident: a bear market is the opposite. ‘Bullish’ has even come to be used in a wider sense, meaning generally optimistic: ”I’m feeling bullish about our chances of beating United

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The Beijing Billionaires

For the last seven years the title of the city with the most billionaires has been held by New York, but this year a new name has taken over and that city is Beijing.  According to the latest Forbes annual rich list, the Chinese capital added 33 billionaires last year, taking its total to 100 – one

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May Market Commentary

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Introduction  Some of the numbers in this month’s Bulletin are simply staggering. Whether it’s Amazon’s profits or the ‘investment’ (which could alternatively be considered ‘spending’, depending on your political viewpoint) announced by President Biden.  There was a time where the ‘standard unit’ of currency we talked about was a million. Company profits and valuations were

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What are Freeports?

Many people will have heard Chancellor Rishi Sunak announce the creation of eight freeports in his Budget speech. The freeports – which are due to become operational later this year – will be at East Midlands Airport, Teesside, the Humber, the Solent, Plymouth, Liverpool City Region, Felixstowe and Harwich, and the Thames.  But what is

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