Uncertainties hang over financial markets

Confidence continues to deteriorate Concerns over inflation and the outlook for monetary policy and economic growth continued to preoccupy investors in May. The FTSE 100 Index  edged up by 0.8% over the month, while the FTSE 250 Index fell by 1.4%. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since at least 1974 during May, according … Continue reading “Uncertainties hang over financial markets”

Interest rates rise around the world

Fed raises rates by 50 bp Markets were choppy during May as investors’ ongoing preoccupation over inflation was compounded by a raft of interest rate increases. The US Federal Reserve (Fed)  raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points during May to a range of 0.75% to 1%. Fed officials are set to implement … Continue reading “Interest rates rise around the world”

Economic Review – May 2022

Bank warns of deteriorating outlook The Bank of England (BoE) has warned that the UK faces a “sharp economic slowdown” in the coming months as it continues to raise interest rates in a bid to dampen rapidly rising prices. Following its early-May meeting, the BoE’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a 6-3 majority … Continue reading “Economic Review – May 2022”

Residential Property Review – May 2022

Three key Queen’s Speech commitments Housing featured prominently in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May, with social housing, rental reform and leasehold reform all part of the government’s priorities in the coming twelve months. Of the 38 legislative announcements, there were three significant ones relating to housing: the Social Housing Regulation Bill, the Renters’ Reform … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – May 2022”

Ukraine and inflation share the spotlight in March

Question-marks over global growth Alongside the heavy human cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) issued a warning about the economic impact. The crisis is set to drive up the rate of global inflation by around 2.5%, with high prices for oil, gas and wheat likely to persist. Many large … Continue reading “Ukraine and inflation share the spotlight in March”

Global stock markets fell as Russia moved on Ukraine

Investors experienced fresh market volatility towards the end of February as global financial markets reacted to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and widespread government sanctions imposed on Russian financial institutions and oligarchs.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned: “These sanctions will suppress Russia’s economic growth; increase the borrowing costs; raise inflation; intensify capital outflows; … Continue reading “Global stock markets fell as Russia moved on Ukraine”

Economic Review – February 2022

Interest rates rise again In February, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announced an increase in its main interest rate for the second meeting in a row as the Bank continues to grapple with a rapid rise in the cost of living. At its latest meeting held in early February, the MPC sanctioned … Continue reading “Economic Review – February 2022”

Residential Property Review – February 2022

Promising signs in the UK housing market Following a record-breaking 2021, continuing strong numbers of agreed sales and approved mortgages suggest transactions are likely to stay high over the next few months. Net mortgage debt by individuals decreased slightly to £3.6bn in December 2021, according to the Bank of England Net mortgage debt by individuals … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – February 2022”

Economic Review – January 2022

Economy regains pre-pandemic size The UK economy grew strongly in November to move beyond its pre-COVID level, with increasing momentum recorded across all industry sectors prior to the arrival of the Omicron variant. Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the economy grew by 0.9% in November. This was much stronger … Continue reading “Economic Review – January 2022”

Residential Property Review – December 2021

Slowing activity but demand remains high New buyer enquiries rose slightly in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) November survey, with a net balance of +13%, while new instructions fell for the eighth successive month to -18%. The end of the Stamp Duty holiday, among other factors, has contributed to a dip in housing … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – December 2021”