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”

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 – April 2022

IMF cuts growth forecast The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that economic damage from the Ukraine conflict will contribute to a significant slowdown in the global economy with the UK set to be amongst the hardest hit. In its latest assessment of world economic prospects, the IMF said the war in Ukraine is driving … Continue reading “Economic Review – April 2022”

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”

A volatile start to 2022

Widespread declines in January Leading equity markets generally fell during January amid concerns over the prospect of higher interest rates in the US, the impact of the Omicron variant, and mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The Vix Index – which tracks expectations of future volatility – rose to its highest level in over a … Continue reading “A volatile start to 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”

Higher interest rates on the horizon

Global Market Review A positive finish to 2021 Despite the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, major equity markets around the world ended 2021 in positive territory, boosted by mounting hopes that the variant would prove less serious than initially feared. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose by 5.4% during … Continue reading “Higher interest rates on the horizon”