High borrowing and economic fragility may hit austerity easing

High borrowing and economic fragility may hit...

The scope for the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to ease austerity may be limited as public sector borrowing has increased while the economy remains fragile, according to consultancy Pantheon Economics.

Published : 21, Jul 2017
Hot June leads to clothing spending spree

Hot June leads to clothing spending spree

A warm June propelled UK retail sales for the second quarter of the year, with strong clothing sales compensating for a decline in food and fuel sales.

Published : 20, Jul 2017
Industry not expecting a hawkish Draghi at ECB meeting

Industry not expecting a hawkish Draghi at ECB...

Industry experts are not expecting the European Central Bank to tighten monetary policy at its next rate meeting, despite Mario Draghi's hawkish mood of late.

Published : 19, Jul 2017
Why the next global economic contraction could be only three years away

Why the next global economic contraction could...

Seneca Investment Managers' chief investment officer Peter Elston has warned that the next global economic contraction could occur in 2020 and is cutting his equity exposure accordingly.

Published : 19, Jul 2017
Managers slash US weighting to nine-year low

Managers slash US weighting to nine-year low

The degree to which global fund managers are underweight in US equities has fallen to its lowest level since January 2008, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch July fund manager survey.

Published : 19, Jul 2017
UK inflation unexpectedly dips in June

UK inflation unexpectedly dips in June

UK inflation has fallen month-on-month for the first time since April last year, reducing the likelihood of an August interest rate rise.

Published : 18, Jul 2017
UK investor confidence ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’

UK investor confidence ‘scraping the bottom of...

Sentiment among UK investors has plummeted to its lowest level this year, the latest monthly data from Lloyds Private Bank and Hargreaves Lansdown has confirmed.

Published : 17, Jul 2017
China GDP growth surprises on the upside

China GDP growth surprises on the upside

China pulled out better than anticipated growth over the second quarter, leading analysts to speculate it could have greater momentum moving forward.

Published : 17, Jul 2017
Investors increasingly divided over UK prospects

Investors increasingly divided over UK prospects...

Confidence over global economic prospects is rising, but the split between the optimistic investors and pessimistic in the UK is widening according to the latest State Street ‘Brexometer’ survey.

Published : 13, Jul 2017
Asset managers urged to transform as profits fall

Asset managers urged to transform as profits fall...

Asset managers will have to transform in order to survive, according to a new report which revealed industry revenue and profits fell for the first time since 2008.  

Published : 12, Jul 2017
UK unemployment hits lowest level since 1975

UK unemployment hits lowest level since 1975

The rate of unemployment in the UK has dropped to its lowest level in 42 years, falling to 4.5% in the three months to May according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published : 12, Jul 2017
Upbeat asset and wealth managers behind the times on AI

Upbeat asset and wealth managers behind the times...

Asset and wealth managers are more upbeat about their prospects than other sectors of the financial services industry, but are lagging others technologically according to the CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.

Published : 11, Jul 2017

The best-selling funds in June

In these volatile times, the Tilney Group’s managing director Jason Hollands talks through the funds that managed to attract investors via the Bestinvest Online Investment Service in June.

Published : 10, Jul 2017
US employment rises but limp wage growth sparks concerns

US employment rises but limp wage growth sparks...

The US central bank seems determined to push forward with plans to hike interest rates despite concerns bubbling last week over how promising the country’s employment rate really is.

Published : 7, Jul 2017
Weak UK trade sparks concerns despite sterling's fall

Weak UK trade sparks concerns despite sterling's...

The UK trade balance deteriorated significantly in the three months to May 2017 widening from £6.9bn to £8.9bn according to the Office for National Statistics.

Published : 7, Jul 2017
UK disposable income falls at fastest level since 2011

UK disposable income falls at fastest level since...

UK households are seeing their disposable income fall at its fastest level since 2011 as inflation bites. Yet investors are doing much better as the low value of sterling underpins stock markets and increases the income from overseas investments.

Published : 6, Jul 2017
UBS lists huge opportunities wealthy investors are missing

UBS lists huge opportunities wealthy investors...

Risk averse high-net worth investors are losing out on significant returns, as more than a third of the average portfolio is held in cash new analysis by UBS has revealed.

Published : 6, Jul 2017
JH&P: 100-month bull run still has legs

JH&P: 100-month bull run still has legs

The 100-month long bull market still has further to run according to the investment team at James Hambro and Partners.

Published : 5, Jul 2017
Are investors becoming complacent to risk?

Are investors becoming complacent to risk?

Rising equity markets and falling levels of volatility place investors at the risk of becoming complacent, according to Schroders’ chief economist Keith Wade.

Published : 4, Jul 2017

Did US equity managers have reason to be cheerful...

On 4 July 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and broke free from the shackles of the British Empire as a new nation – the United States of America. Some 241 years later, we gauge US equity managers’ opinions on the sector. Are there reasons to celebrate or is it time to be downbeat?

Published : 4, Jul 2017

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