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”

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”

Global update

Inflation triggers concerns over growth Investor sentiment was undermined during April by concerns over inflation, fears relating to the war in Ukraine, and worries about the wider economic impact of Covid outbreaks in China. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for global growth from 4.4% to 3.6% this year and from 3.8% to … Continue reading “Global update”

Economic Review – March 2022

Bank Rate raised again Last month, the Bank of England (BoE) sanctioned a further increase in its benchmark interest rate as inflation continues to surge significantly ahead of the Bank’s target level.  Following a meeting held in mid-March, the BoE’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by an 8-1 majority to raise Bank Rate from … Continue reading “Economic Review – March 2022”

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”

Ukraine and the impact on markets

The events in Ukraine have understandably destabilised markets as investors digest the prospect of war in Europe. Geopolitical horrors such as this one have usually seen a relatively short-lived impact, with markets recovering quickly after the initial shock. However, is it naïve to assume the same thing with a conflict of this magnitude? The consensus … Continue reading “Ukraine and the impact on markets”

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”

Inflationary pressures continue to build

Macroeconomic and geopolitical worries: January was a challenging month for UK investors who had to contend with intensifying inflationary pressures alongside the prospect of higher UK and US interest rates and the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Over January as a whole, the FTSE 100 Index rose by 1.1%, while the FTSE 250 … Continue reading “Inflationary pressures continue to build”