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Working from Home: is your Boss Spying on You?

Two years ago working from home was a rare luxury: something you might do as an occasional one-off or as you recovered from an illness. Then came the pandemic and suddenly WFH – it soon became an acronym – went mainstream. As the vaccine roll-out accelerated people gradually returned to the office – but there […]

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Do We All Want to Give Up Work for a Year?

We don’t want to sit behind screens anymore. According to a recent BBC article, ever-increasing numbers of us have reassessed our work and our lives post pandemic, and we want to work outside. Quoted in the article David Rochefort, a former IT worker, said the pandemic made him want to do something ‘astronomically different.’ “My […]

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January Market Commentary

Introduction  Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a good year for the majority of stock markets we report on in the Bulletin. We wrote that a year ago and – irrespective of all the ups and downs it brought – 2021 was another good year for world stock markets. All but one of the markets we […]

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Joe Biden’s Spending Spree

In the middle of November, US President Joe Biden signed his $1.2tn (£894bn) infrastructure bill into law. Biden has described the bill as a ‘once in a generation’ infrastructure measure. “America is moving again,” he said as he signed the bill, telling the American people that “your life is going to change for the better”. […]

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Inflation: Just how High Could it Go?

As the world’s economies recover from the pandemic, there seems to be one spectre that is haunting them all: the threat of inflation. In China, factory gate prices are at their highest level for 26 years. Early in November, it was reported that US inflation had risen to 6.2%, rising at its fastest rate for […]

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December Market Commentary

Introduction  November was a month when supplies of both oil and gas – or the lack of them – dominated the news. You will read several comments below about the threat of inflation. In many countries, it is reaching levels not seen for two or three decades, and the escalating price of oil and gas […]

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Why Doesn’t the UK Have a Trade Deal with the US?

“Get Brexit done,” Boris Johnson famously said in his party political spoof of Love Actually just before the last General Election. Well, Brexit got done and – with International Trade Secretary (now Foreign Secretary) Liz Truss leading the way – the UK embarked on a series of deals with other countries, most notably applying to join the […]

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Should we all start buying gold?

In September Germany went to the polls to elect a new government – and a successor to Angela Merkel, who had decided not to seek a fifth term as Chancellor. The result was inconclusive. The Social Democrats (SPD) topped the poll with 25.7% of the vote and a provisional 206 seats in the Reichstag, with […]

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November Market Commentary

Introduction October was the month which brought us Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s second Budget of the year. Normally that would make the headlines, but October was also a month when the world gave us plenty to worry about. With factors such as rising energy prices and supply chain issues impacting economies worldwide, the UK’s economic outlook […]

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October Market Commentary

Introduction You will no doubt be aware that September was a month when shortages dominated the headlines. As we will see below, it was by no means a problem confined to the UK: sadly it does not look like a problem that will quickly disappear. We have, for example, written previously about the shortage of […]

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