A positive week for Sterling

Following the drama of the last couple of weeks, the last five days have been relatively quiet on the economic front. There were no major economic releases coming out of the UK. Over the course of the week, we’ve seen the Pound slowly gain ground against both the Euro and the Dollar. This is in […]

In brief: What the UK Autumn Statement means for SME’s

Last week Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement on the status of UK finances and announced a set of new economic policies. As we are all too aware, this was expected to be a sombre affair given the perilous state of the UK economy after Covid-19, the Ukraine War and the disastrous 7 week […]

UK digests new economic policies announced in Autumn Statement

It has been a huge week for the UK economy. On Tuesday the rate of unemployment rose slightly from 3.5% to 3.6%. This was swiftly followed by higher-than-expected inflation figures on Wednesday. UK inflation is now sitting at a whopping 11.1%, a 41-year high. Yesterday we saw the Autumn Statement in which a whole range […]

Initial reflections on the US Mid-term elections

Last Tuesday the US went to the polls in a set of major elections. Voters were choosing a new House of Representatives, a third of the Senators and many state-level offices.  Despite the President not being on the ballot, these elections received worldwide attention because their outcome could have a major impact on US policy.  […]

UK braced for next week’s big Budget Statement

It’s been a mixed week for the markets.  This morning saw the announcement of new GDP figures which showed the UK economy had contracted by 0.2% in the last quarter, pushing the UK ever closer to officially being in recession. It’s worth noting that the Bank of England already believes that we are now currently […]

Japan’s sluggish economy and the Yen

For decades the Japanese Yen has been seen as a ‘safe-haven’ currency. Japan and its economy are world-leading, regularly appearing in the top three on lists of economic strength indicators (after China and the US.) However, for the last few years, even before Covid, the Japanese economy and its currency have stagnated. This year, the […]

Biggest UK interest rate hike in decades

The news this week has been dominated by interest rate hikes across the West. On Tuesday, the Royal Bank of Australia announced a 0.25% increase taking their rate to 2.8%. This was followed on Wednesday by the US Fed who raised their rates by 0.75% to 4%. Finally, yesterday the Bank of England followed the […]

Who actually sets interest rates around the world?

Given the ongoing economic crises in various countries around the world, attention at the moment is rightly more focused on interest rate decisions than in normal times.  The process for raising or lowering interest rates varies from country to country. For some, it’s a pretty simple decision made by the Finance Minister, for others, it […]

Markets react positively to Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister

It’s been a whirlwind few days again in the UK as we were introduced to our third Prime Minister this year!  On Tuesday, Rishi Sunak walked through the famous door of Number 10 and set to work appointing a new government of equal parts continuity and change. In his first speech as PM, he recognised […]

Italy’s new government and the Eurozone

On Saturday 22nd October following another set of early elections in Italy, a government consisting of four right-wing political parties was sworn into office. The leader is Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia, a party that emerged from the neo-fascist movements of the 70s and 80s. Meloni is Italy’s first female Prime Minister […]