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Beaufort Analysis No. 283 – A Tale of Two Summits

As President Donald Trump prepares for an historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un in Singapore, he leaves behind the G7 summit in disarray after he withdrew his support for the joint communiqué. At the tense meeting in Quebec last week, leaders of the seven nations signed a statement agreeing their need for “free,…

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Beaufort Analysis 282 – “The Italian Job”

Months of political deadlock in Italy ended on Friday with Giuseppe Conte being sworn in as the new prime minister.  This marked a significant reversal from earlier in the week, when President Sergio Mattarella vetoed Conte’s pick for finance minister, sending both Italian and European markets into a tailspin.  While the media was concerned with…

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Beaufort Analysis No. 281 – Stepping stones

Updated UK inflation data for April was disappointing, following the timing of Easter, which impacted air fares and consequently, inflation. Whilst inflation fell to 2.4%, soft drink prices did increase after introduction of the new sugar tax. Sterling also depreciated after this inflation news. Despite this fall in inflation, UK retail sales increased in April…

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Beaufort Analysis No. 280 – Markets rise despite slowing economy

Mentioned in last week’s Beaufort Analysis, oil remains in the headlines with the price of Brent crude reaching $80 a barrel last Thursday. This is due to the continuing concerns that Iranian exports could fall because of renewed US sanctions, reducing supply in an already tightening market. Donald Trump’s decision this month to withdraw from…

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Further interest rate rises predicted: How to stay ahead

We’re almost half way through 2018, and it’s likely that you’ve already thought ahead about some things. Maybe you’re planning a trip abroad during the summer holidays, or you’re a really eager Halloween costume aficionado (and we won’t mention those who are already thinking about tinsel and stockings!). But have you thought about interest base…

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Gender pay gap does not need to continue into retirement

Historically, men have received more money annually from the State Pension than women. In a recent Which? survey it was shown that over 20 years, women would receive £29,000 less on average than men; however there are a few factors at play that mean the annual discrepancy may be largely offset.  These include women receiving…

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Beaufort Analysis 279 – Drilling for Oil

Last week the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of England voted to keep the base rate at 0.5%. This is due to weaker economic data for the UK, and February’s growth forecast of 1.8%, which was subsequently downgraded to 1.4%. Mark Carney is increasingly referred to as the unreliable boyfriend, not being able…

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