Economic Review September 2020

Lockdown recovery fears Although the latest gross domestic product (GDP) statistics confirm the UK economy staged a recovery over the summer months, there are growing fears that tighter coronavirus restrictions will inevitably hit future growth prospects. Official data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK economy grew by 6.6% in July. … Continue reading “Economic Review September 2020”

Economic Review August 2020

FASTER REBOUND; SLOWER RECOVERY As recent economic statistics confirm the UK officially entered recession, Bank of England (BoE) forecasts suggest the slump will be less severe than previously thought, but the ensuing recovery is likely to take longer. Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy shrank by 20.4% between April … Continue reading “Economic Review August 2020”

Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy

The UK’s favourite habit is talking about the weather. But lately the economy has proved even harder to predict. So what’s the forecast for businesses, homebuyers, savers, investors and spenders? ‘The economy is bouncing back.’ ‘There’s a recession coming.’ ‘Don’t panic!’ ‘We’re all doomed.’ To say there are mixed messages about the UK economy right … Continue reading “Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy”

Economic Review of July 2020

UK Economy Recovering Although recent data has confirmed that the UK economy is recovering from its coronavirus lockdown slump, the longer-term outlook (unsurprisingly) remains decidedly unclear. Official data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the UK economy grew by 1.8% in May, following April’s record 20.3% contraction. While this modest rebound … Continue reading “Economic Review of July 2020”

Economic review – June 2020

‘New Deal’ to boost economy The Prime Minister has set out government plans to deliver a post-lockdown economic recovery, with a promise to accelerate £5bn worth of spending pledges on a range of infrastructure projects across the country. During a speech delivered at the Dudley College of Technology on 30 June, Mr Johnson promised to … Continue reading “Economic review – June 2020”

What next for the global economy?

It was a disappointing beginning to 2018 for many major advanced economies. The UK endured a woeful start, with estimates suggesting gross domestic product (GDP) rose by just 0.1% in the first quarter, the weakest rate of growth since the final quarter of 2012. A similar picture of weakening growth emerged across the other major … Continue reading “What next for the global economy?”

What lies ahead for investors?

Just over ten years since the start of the global financial crisis, and the global economy is now in recovery mode. Investors were hit hard, with UK and global equities falling by 46% and 38% respectively in the aftermath. Aggressive policy stimulus implemented by central banks and governments was instrumental in reducing the depth and … Continue reading “What lies ahead for investors?”

Spreadsheet Phil keeps rabbits in the hat

In his first and last Autumn Statement, ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ lived up to his reputation, avoiding any gimmicks, or Trump-esque spending plans, but nevertheless found spending equivalent to 0.4% of GDP, focused on a series of targeted measures designed to boost and rebalance the UK economy. Chancellor Hammond had a fine line to tread: He couldn’t … Continue reading “Spreadsheet Phil keeps rabbits in the hat”