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”

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”

Inflationary headaches intensify

Global Market Review Omicron variant hits sentiment Global equity markets generally fell over November as investors digested new of the discovery of the new “Omicron” variant of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa, which triggered concerns that the economic recovery might be derailed. Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell warned that the emergence of the … Continue reading “Inflationary headaches intensify”

Brexit deadlock & UK economy stuck in low gear

On 29 March, the day the UK should have left the EU, the House of Commons decisively voted to reject Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, leaving the Brexit process in a state of turmoil. This was the third time the Prime Minister had asked MPs to approve the Brexit divorce deal that she concluded negotiating … Continue reading “Brexit deadlock & UK economy stuck in low gear”

‘EU pension’ promises saving on the move

Europeans have a pension problem – just 27 per cent of those under 59 have any pension savings at all. But plans are afoot for a pan-European personal pension (PEPP) – designed for those whose work takes them through multiple EU countries. If you’re employed and living in the UK, you probably have personal or … Continue reading “‘EU pension’ promises saving on the move”