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”

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”

Targeting Pricing Power

UK Inflation has jumped to a decade high, hitting 4.2% in October. These prices rises have been widely predicted by, among others, the Bank of England and the Office for Budget Responsibility. This is uncomfortable for consumers, who are facing vastly increased costs on everything from car hire (up 30%) to air fares (up 28%) … Continue reading “Targeting Pricing Power”

Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards

A lengthy bull market is always nerve-wracking. Investors start to fret on valuations, on earnings, on the strength of economic growth. As valuations creep higher, but economic growth remains strong, we look at the bull and bear case for equities today. First, we examine three reasons why investors could be cheerful about the prospects for … Continue reading “Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards”

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?”

Economic Review September 2021

Upgrade to UK GDP growth The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revised UK economic growth for Q2 2021 to 5.5% from an original estimate of 4.8%. The UK’s level of GDP is now 3.3% below where it was pre-pandemic in Q4 2019, revised from the previous estimate of 4.4% below. Other ONS data indicates … Continue reading “Economic Review September 2021”

Economic Review August 2021

Strong second quarter growth The latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures showed that the UK economy grew strongly in the second quarter, although more recent survey evidence does suggest the recovery is losing momentum. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the economy grew by 4.8% in the second quarter of this … Continue reading “Economic Review August 2021”

Inflation falling? No-one is fooled

The latest inflation figures have no-one fooled. While CPI dropped back to the tidy level of 2%, most economists do not take it as a sign that inflationary pressures are over. Many have been quick to point out that there are myriad factors likely to push inflation higher for the remainder of the year. What’s … Continue reading “Inflation falling? No-one is fooled”

Economic Review June 2021

MPC maintains monetary stance Following its latest meeting held on 22 June, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) judged that the existing monetary stance remains appropriate, despite inflation rising above the Bank of England’s target level. Data released last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate – … Continue reading “Economic Review June 2021”

Residential Property Review – June 2021

Renting less expensive than buying a property Research from estate agency Hamptons, suggests that renters are better off than buyers for the first time in five years. The study found that, just prior to the pandemic in March 2020, the average buyer with a 10% deposit was better off than renters by £102 per month. … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – June 2021”