Who are the BRICS?

Way back in November 2001, Goldman Sachs published a report looking at economic development in major growing economies around the world.  It was titled ‘Building Better Global Economic BRICs’ and was written by the then Head of Global Economics Research (and now a member of the House of Lords) Jim O’Neill. The paper emphasised the […]

BoE Governor: Expect 13%+ Inflation and a Recession!

The key update of the week is that the Bank of England has increased its interest rate by 0.5%, the largest increase since the Bank’s operational independence in 1997.  The rate rise comes on the back of a dismal economic forecast by the BoE that forecasted inflation rates of 13% by the end of the […]

Announcement of the Result of Fundraising

Cornerstone FS plc (AIM: CSFS), the cloud-based provider of international payment, currency risk management and electronic account services to SMEs, is pleased to announce that, further to its announcement at 6.14 p.m. on 4 August 2022, (the “Launch Announcement“), it has completed the Placing and issue of a new convertible loan note (together the “Fundraising“), which is now closed. The […]

A brief overview of ‘Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)’ in theory and practice

If you have ever taken a macroeconomics lesson, you have probably been taught that printing too much money is inflationary. It has been a widely established fact of the macroeconomy for time immemorial. Economists are always keen to remind the public of this fact whenever issues of government spending and taxation arise. However, the Modern […]

Fears of recession loom as inflation spirals and confidence declines

This week has been dominated by the fears of a looming recession following the release of key GDP and confidence data. Significant news was released on Thursday when it emerged that the US economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter. This technical recession is due to a 0.9% GDP contraction for Q2 following a 1.6% […]

CBDCs in practice around the world today.

Having discussed the benefits and structure of Central Bank Digital Currencies last week, we now turn to the current state of their implementation and the risks associated with their use. CBDCs are still very much in their early stages but 86% of central banks are keen to research and trial them, partly to provide an […]

Interest rate rises in the Eurozone & Canada

It has been a big week in the EU with plenty of data and political action. The ECB has increased interest rates by 0.5%, the first rate rise in the Eurozone since 2011. It comes at a time when inflation has hit record highs of 8.6% and the economic gulf between member states is widening. […]

Just what exactly is a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency)?

You’ve heard of Bitcoin, but what about … Bank of England Coin? As finance continues to digitise, one of the few things that have stayed the same has been the use of cash. Although many of us use digital tools to manage our finances, cash is still a central part of a country’s financial life. […]

Euro hits parity with USD for first time since 2002

Unsurprisingly, inflation continues to be the topic of the moment with figures announced Wednesday showing US prices rising 9.1% in June compared to a year ago, the highest rate in 40 years. Wednesday’s result was surprisingly higher than consensus estimates of 8.8%. Inflation continued to be led by large food and fuel price increases but […]

Who is next to join the European Union?

The European Union hasn’t finished expanding, there are actually several countries who are in the process of joining right now! Any country who joins is legally obliged via EU treaty to replace their own domestic currency with the Euro. Following recent news that both Ukraine and Moldova were granted ‘EU candidate status’ we’ll take a […]