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Has the Pandemic Prompted You to Take Charge of Your Finances?

Coronavirus restrictions forced many of us to fundamentally change how we live and work, which in turn affected how we spend our money. With socialising being out of the question, travel restrictions meaning we couldn’t go on holiday, and stay-at-home rules forcing those who could do so to work from home, many of us simply […]

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Interest rates tipped to top 2% in the next year

As the inflation crisis in the UK has deepened, the Bank of England has been forced to act decisively by hiking interest rates. In December 2021, interest rates stood at 0.1 per cent, but they’ve since been raised five times and now stand at 1.25 per cent. So the question on everyone’s lips right now […]

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August Market Commentary

Introduction  As many readers know, this Bulletin is written from notes we compile throughout the month. One of the most interesting aspects of this is the occasional feeling of ‘was that really this month’ as we start to write the Bulletin. So it was this month. The race to replace Boris Johnson seems to have been going […]

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Why are companies pulling out of Russia?

In the second week of June, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (more commonly just the OECD) published an alarming report. The headline writers seized on it. ‘UK economy set to flatline next year,’ was the Mail headline, pointing out that the OECD had predicted the UK would do worse than every other country in G20 […]

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Does ‘Optimism’ Really Matter?

If your glass is by nature half-empty, you didn’t need to look far for confirmatory information last month. Energy bills were going up – and are set to rise even further in October. Inflation was up again – with grocery inflation hitting its highest level for 13 years, And, of course, the National Insurance rises […]

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July Market Commentary

Introduction  June was the month in which the war Vladimir Putin thought would last 100 hours passed its hundredth day – with all the attendant problems for food supply and the global economy. In the UK, Boris Johnson won his confidence vote by 211 votes to 148 – but the dark mutterings continued as the […]

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Will The Cost of Living Crisis Hit Buoyant Housing Market?

Last month, house price growth hit its highest level in nearly two decades, with figures from Nationwide showing an annual increase of 14.3 per cent in March, up from 12.6 per cent in February. On the face of it, this appears to be great news for everyone in the housing sector, from estate agents to […]

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Food Insecurity Soars Amid Rising Inflation

As the cost of living crisis bites, the very real human impact of rising rates of inflation is becoming alarmingly stark. According to a report by the Food Foundation, surging prices are now forcing millions of households to significantly cut back on food. Figures showed that in the last month, more than two million adults […]

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June Market Commentary

Introduction The war in Ukraine, worries about food supplies, worries about the global economy… May was another month where all the themes we have become used to were to the fore. Despite this, it was a reasonable month for the stock markets we report on in the Bulletin. China led the way with a gain […]

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Will Russia Default on its Debt? And What Would That Mean?

In the middle of March, Russia was due to make an interest payment of $117m (£89m) on two bonds denominated in dollars. There was some dispute over the payment: Russia said it had made the payment, the investors holding the bonds said they hadn’t received the money. The papers generally reported that if Russia didn’t […]

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