Higher interest rates on the horizon

Global Market Review A positive finish to 2021 Despite the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, major equity markets around the world ended 2021 in positive territory, boosted by mounting hopes that the variant would prove less serious than initially feared. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose by 5.4% during … Continue reading “Higher interest rates on the horizon”

Economic Review – December 2021

Bank sanctions December rate rise The Bank of England (BoE) sanctioned a 15-basis-point increase in its main interest rate on 16 December and warned that inflation is now likely to hit 6% by spring.  At its latest meeting held in mid-December, the BoE’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee voted by an 8-1 majority to raise Bank … Continue reading “Economic Review – December 2021”

Economic Review – November 2021

Inflationary pressures mount Official statistics show the UK headline rate of inflation now stands at a 10-year high, with surveys pointing to further upward pressure as firms continue to report rapidly-rising cost burdens. Data released last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate – which … Continue reading “Economic Review – November 2021”

Residential Property Review – November 2021

Spending pledges for housing in Autumn Budget In his Autumn Budget delivered at the end of October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed more cash to building new homes on derelict or unused land in England, as part of a £24bn fund earmarked for housing. The plans will see 160,000 greener homes built on brownfield land and … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – November 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021

Business rates boost for hospitality and leisure The Autumn Budget provided good news for badly hit shops, restaurants, bars and gyms, with a temporary 50% cut in business rates in England announced by the Chancellor. These sectors, which suffered particularly badly during the pandemic, will be able to claim a 50% discount on their bills … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021”

Economic Review October 2021

OBR forecasts stronger growth The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has upgraded its UK economic growth forecast and is now predicting the economy will return to its pre-pandemic level six months earlier than previously expected. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the independent forecaster’s revised projections during his Budget statement delivered to the House of Commons on … Continue reading “Economic Review October 2021”

Residential Property Review – October 2021

Supply still lagging demand Steady buyer demand and a sixth successive month of net negative new instructions, were the standout trends in the September UK Residential Market Survey published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). “At the national level, new buyer enquiries had a net balance of zero in September, up from -13% … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – October 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021

Strong recovery for UK flex market According to Workthere research, the flexible office sector regained momentum in H1 2021 following its pandemic-induced slump, with renewed appetite for flex space in both enquires (+30% on pre-pandemic levels) and transactions (+36%). Flexible workplaces – a catchall term encompassing anything from serviced offices to fitted plug and play … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021”

Gathering clouds

Global Market Review Questions over growth Investor sentiment during September was a hostage to concerns over faltering economic growth, rising inflation, surging energy prices, and an increasingly hawkish tone from central banks, compounded by speculation that Chinese real estate giant Evergrande might be on the verge of collapse. Tapering moves closer in the US The … Continue reading “Gathering clouds”

Will the Bank of England be raising interest rates soon?

Until recently, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which has responsibility for setting interest rates, was undecided if conditions were right for tightening monetary policy. Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), revealed in August that the MPC could not categorically say that there was clear evidence that significant progress … Continue reading “Will the Bank of England be raising interest rates soon?”