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The World In A Week – Interim Update

Economic data is likely to become increasingly less reliable as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.  We know that the effect on the global economy will be bad, we just do not know how bad.  That is why we are seeing significant stimulus packages from governments around the world and why they keep getting bigger. …

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The World In A Week Interim Update – Apply. Rinse. Repeat.

This week we have seen the US Federal Reserve offer unlimited quantitative policy, along with various other bells and whistles.  This is to keep the wheels of monetary policy lubricated; to encourage lending to companies by banks, and in turn this may save some jobs.  It may also help to stabilise the markets, which would…

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The World In A Week – Contagion

Basic evolutionary theory teaches us that adaptation is the biological mechanism by which humans adjust to changes in their environments. We find ourselves living in a period of great change, and it is those that adapt to change best that will come out on top, after the virus subsides. In the UK, we are being urged to stay indoors and…

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The World In A Week – Interim Update

Policymakers around the globe are turning to their fiscal armouries to meet the economic challenges that the Coronavirus is, and will be, causing.  This is a welcome development and as we have written previously, central banks have all but exhausted what monetary policy can achieve. President Trump is pushing for a stimulus package that could…

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The World In A Week – Corona Crash

Global equity markets saw an increase in volatility last week amid mounting fears of a global pandemic. The MSCI ACWI and the S&P 500 saw the most violent swings, both indices were in positive territory midweek but fell by -1.53% and -1.36% respectively in Sterling terms at market close on Friday. The FTSE All-Share finished…

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The World In A Week – Planes, Trains And Automobiles

It was media heaven last week as the headlines screamed about the worst week for investors since the global financial crisis in 2008.  The Coronavirus has encapsulated the fears of investors; like the disease, they fear the spread and fallout in markets will ultimately lead to the next recession. Policymakers around the world look to…

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The World In A Week – PRITI Scores

Last week the Home Secretary, Priti Patel announced a new points-based immigration system as part of the post-Brexit reform. This will bring an end to the free movement of labour and will come into play from the 1st January 2021. The new system builds on the Australian immigration model where the objective is to create…

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