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by Alexander Beard, on Sep 18, 2018 10:02:24 AM

The Bank of England has raised interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%, only the second rise in a decade. Currently, interest rates stand at their highest since 2009 and reflect …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 20, 2018 4:17:53 AM

Trump’s presidency has seen U.S. trade policies return to a bygone era of protectionism. At the start of July, the U.S announced $34 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, suggesting …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jun 5, 2018 9:44:08 AM

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that GDP growth is down to 0.1% from last quarter’s 0.4%. This means that the first quarter of 2018 saw the UK …

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by Alexander Beard, on Apr 24, 2018 9:33:10 AM

The Australian economy has experienced between 2-3% growth for the last few years. Growth in consumer spending and public investment certainly helped, but soft housing and business investment and a …

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by Alexander Beard, on Nov 20, 2017 5:05:14 AM

A recent survey by the think tank, the Resolution Foundation, has found that almost half (48%) of respondents expected people born between 1981 and 2000, categorised as millennials, to have a …

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by Alexander Beard, on Aug 14, 2017 4:36:49 AM

The deputy governor of the Bank of England has stated that the bank should not be tempted to increase interest rates due to “imponderables” within the UK economy. The comments …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jun 9, 2017 9:26:23 AM

With the hung parliament following the UK election result - it turns out that there isn’t a consensus view! But perhaps what the UK now has is a parliament that …

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by Alexander Beard, on Dec 19, 2016 5:18:15 AM

With Republican candidate Donald Trump defying both the polls and expectations across the globe and convincingly winning the US election over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, 2016 will undoubtedly go down …

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by Alexander Beard, on Dec 10, 2015 7:15:37 AM

According to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, we all look set to face a galvanised HMRC, with an increased war chest for tackling tax evasion and avoidance. The …

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by Alexander Beard, on Dec 8, 2015 6:52:25 AM

Just over four months ago, George Osborne delivered his second Budget of 2015, following the Conservative Party’s outright victory in the May general election. At that moment, the view from …

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by Alexander Beard, on Dec 8, 2015 6:46:44 AM

Introduction Well, what a splendid month October was, with all the major world stock markets that we cover in this Bulletin skipping merrily upwards. Germany and China led the way …

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by Alexander Beard, on Nov 5, 2015 7:13:31 AM

The end of September, and the end of the third quarter of 2015 – a quarter which, as all the financial press reported, was the worst for global equities since …

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